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Doosan Excavator learns to swim in Germany

Doosan Excavator learns to swim in Germany To allow the company, Sven Jacobs Tief-, Garten- und Landschaftsbau, based in Tating (Schleswig-Holstein) in Germany, to carry out a series of projects in the Wadden Sea, including work on the Hindenburgdamm, a dedicated 22 tonne Doosan DX225LC-5 crawler excavator has had to learn how to swim. This …

New Holland shows off updated telehandlers and new implement range at FTMTA 2019

New Holland shows off updated telehandlers and new implement range at FTMTA 2019 New Holland Agriculture will showcase updates to its telehandler range, and present its new range of implements at FTMTA on 7 – 9 February 2019, which many farmers will see for the first time. Its latest tractors and forage harvester will also …

Boris Johnson MP chooses the JCB factory for his keynote speech

Boris Johnson MP chooses the JCB factory for his keynote speech Boris Johnson MP, former Mayor of London and former Foreign Secretary visited JCB’s World HQ on Friday to deliver a keynote speech. He spent three hours at Rocester, Staffordshire touring the Story of JCB exhibition as well as the backhoe loader production line, where …

Extra lanes open on M6 in Cheshire as major upgrade nears completion

Extra lanes open on M6 in Cheshire as major upgrade nears completion Drivers heading towards Manchester on the M6 through Cheshire can use an extra lane from today – increasing capacity on one of England’s busiest stretches of motorway by a third. Highways England has opened a fourth lane on the northbound carriageway between Holmes …

Survey proves overwhelming success of scheme using Clearview SolarLite Active Road Studs

Survey proves overwhelming success of scheme using Clearview SolarLite Active Road Studs Drivers have called for a road improvement scheme to be replicated across all UK highways, with 91% citing improved visibility and 77% feeling more confident driving at night. Last year, Highways England worked in a collaborative partnership with WJ Group and Clearview Intelligence to …

First ERI grant funds 30km motorway between Peja and Kijeveto in Kosovo

First ERI grant funds 30km motorway between Peja and Kijeveto in Kosovo The European Investment Bank (EIB) supports the preparation and the implementation of the project for the construction of a new 30 km single carriageway motorway between Peja and Kijeve in Kosovo with a €1 million technical assistance grant under the Bank’s Economic Resilience …

Network Rail uses Amateur Boxing to spread railway safety message

Network Rail uses Amateur Boxing to spread railway safety message Network Rail has teamed up with a school in Hertfordshire to teach pupils about railway safety. The partnership at the John Warner school in Hoddesdon will combine sport, recreation and fitness with information about the importance of staying safe and never taking chances around the …

Experts warn business to prepare for customs declaration complications post-Brexit

Experts warn business to prepare for customs declaration complications post-Brexit EU and British businesses of all sizes that import and export between the EU and the UK are urged to put plans in place for their customs declarations forms ahead of an anticipated 200 million rise in the documents after Brexit, according to experts at …

MB Crushers don’t retire and collaborate with newer models

MB Crushers don’t retire and collaborate with newer models In a world oriented to the development of new models – that make the existing model obsolete -, there is an exception that brings together reliability, innovation and cost. “When our Sales Reps tell me about our machines in action for the last decade and still …

A-Plant Lux support helped London celebrate the New Year

A-Plant Lux support helped London celebrate the New Year A-Plant Lux, the UK’s largest hirer of portable traffic signals, helped to ensure The Mayor of London’s New Year celebrations went off with a bang. Tasked with organising pedestrian management for the City’s annual firework event, A-Plant’s dedicated traffic and highways division deployed 29 variable message signs …

Grit Expectations as Councils and Road Authorities get set for ice and snow

Grit Expectations as Councils and Road Authorities get set for ice and snow With icy weather set to hit the UK later this week and into next week, and temperatures forecast to be well below zero, Transport Network – publishers of Highways and Smart Highways magazines and a leading highways and transport event company – …

Ringway secures Bracknell Forest highway term services contract extension

Ringway secures Bracknell Forest highway term services contract extension Ringway has been awarded a fourth years’ contract extension by Bracknell Forest Council to provide highway term services across the authority’s region. Bracknell Forest Council confirmed, following its 2018 Annual General Meeting, that Ringway had again met the required criteria to earn another years’ contract extension …

Wirtgen slipform pavers and TCM 180i texture curing machine perform on the A7

Wirtgen slipform pavers and TCM 180i texture curing machine perform on the A7 When placing dual-layer concrete on the A7, the Wirtgen paving train, comprising two SP 1500 slipform pavers and the TCM 180i texture curing machine are the key players. The A7 is being widened between Hamburg and Bordesholm from four lanes to six, …

World leading JCB Cabs Factory forges ahead

World leading JCB Cabs Factory forges ahead Construction work on the new £50 million JCB Cab Systems factory is forging ahead as it targets a summer opening. The shell of the 350,000 sq ft plant next to JCB Heavy Products and the World Parts Centre at Uttoxeter is on course to be completed slightly ahead …

Scotland’s Agritrac Exports joins the Hyundai construction equipment dealer network

Scotland’s Agritrac Exports joins the Hyundai construction equipment dealer network Hyundai has announced that Agritrac Exports has been appointed as the new Hyundai Construction Equipment dealer for Scotland as of January 2019. Hyundai’s Regional Sales Manager for UK and Ireland, Tony Reeves, commenting on the appointment said, “As part of HRN Tractors, Agritrac offers a …

A commitment to fix the system – the government’s response to the Grenfell Tower Report

A commitment to fix the system – the government’s response to the Grenfell Tower Report Following on from the tragedy of the Grenfell Tower fire on 14 June 2017, where the fire breached compartmentation of the block resulting in the loss of 72 lives and many more being made homeless, the government commissioned an independent …

Success for the Small Robot Company with £1.2 million Crowdcube campaign

Success for the Small Robot Company with £1.2 million Crowdcube campaign Small Robot Company, a British agritech start-up for sustainable farming, today announced that it has raised £1.2 million on Crowdcube equity crowdfunding platform. It reached its initial funding target of £500,000 within minutes of its launch thanks largely to support from the farming community. …

Finnish companies to collaborate to design a sustainable urban area in Nepal

Finnish companies to collaborate to design a sustainable urban area in Nepal Finnish companies will collaborate to design a new urban area for more than half a million inhabitants of Kathmandu Valley in Nepal, in accordance with the principles of sustainable development. Rapid population growth and environmental problems require that new solutions are developed for …

Hitachi’s support chain makes all the difference for Finland’s Maanrakennus Lassi Kaiponen

Hitachi’s support chain makes all the difference for Finland’s Maanrakennus Lassi Kaiponen A Finnish contractor relies on the consistency and quality of the Hitachi Support Chain after-sales programme for its fleet of Zaxis excavators. Maanrakennus Lassi Kaiponen Oy uses the technical support, parts, remote monitoring and extended warranty provided by the local Hitachi dealer, Rotator, …

Clearaway expands with SENNEBOGEN 821 E in waste recycling

Clearaway expands with SENNEBOGEN 821 E in waste recycling In Essex, England, recycling company Clearaway Ltd. has recently been working very successfully with a new SENNEBOGEN material handler 821 E series. The machine is being used to presort materials and feed the shredding machine, as is typical for small recycling sites in England. Clearaway Ltd. …

Snow and ice treatment trains all set to keep Network Rail on track this winter

Snow and ice treatment trains all set to keep Network Rail on track this winter Network Rail’s fleet of snow and ice treatment trains are ready to keep passengers moving this winter and minimise disruption. Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) also has robust plans in place, including running ghost trains overnight to help keep tracks clear, …

Manchester city centre bridges to be restored to Victorian splendour

Manchester city centre bridges to be restored to Victorian splendour A project to refurbish three historic railway bridges over streets in Manchester city centre will begin this week. The three Grade II listed bridge structures over Great Ducie Street and Victoria Street, to the west of Manchester Victoria station, are being repaired, deep cleaned and …

Network Rail awards billion-£ contracts on some of Britain’s busiest routes

Network Rail awards billion-£ contracts on some of Britain’s busiest routes Network Rail has announced the award of three multi-billion-pound contracts for the South of England, worth up to £7bn for Control Period 6 (2019-2024). The framework to deliver renewals and enhancements in Anglia, South East and Wessex has been awarded to J Murphy & …

Highways England reopens A404 near Marlow following bridge installation

Highways England reopens A404 near Marlow following bridge installation The A404 in Buckinghamshire has reopened by Highways England in both directions between the Bisham and Westhorpe interchanges near Marlow following a bridge installation project. The closure, part of a scheme to refurbish the Volvo footbridge over the A404, was needed to allow the re-installation of …

Boschung fixed automated ice spray technology upgraded on the A4 in France

Boschung fixed automated ice spray technology upgraded on the A4 in France In 2002, the first BOSCHUNG fixed automated spray technology (FAST) system was installed on some sections of the A4 in France which were endangered by black ice. After more than 15 years of uninterrupted service, it was now time to replace this system …

Salt might be bad for your health, but it keeps you safe in winter

Salt might be bad for your health, but it keeps you safe in winter Salt is more than something to sprinkle on to your fish and chips, this common household ingredient helps Highways England keep your roads moving. As temperatures are forecast to remain cold across the country Highways England’s army of workers are ready …

Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) completes €3.9bn project financing

Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) completes €3.9bn project financing The Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) is announcing financial close today, with €3.9 billion secured from public and private lenders. The EBRD is part of this consortium with a €1 billion loan syndicated to a group of 16 commercial banks with €500 million being provided on the Bank’s …

UK M6 Toll marks 15 year milestone with 15 interesting facts

UK M6 Toll marks 15 year milestone with 15 interesting facts Since opening in December 2003, the M6toll has been a driving force in alleviating congestion and pollution in the Midlands, taking thousands of trucks, vans and cars off the M6 and local roads every day. Drivers and commercial fleet operators rely on the M6 …

EIB approves €3.8 billion in financing for transport, energy, business and water supply

EIB approves €3.8 billion in financing for transport, energy, business and water supply During the COP24 global climate conference in Katowice, the Board of the European Investment Bank (EIB) has approved investment worth hundreds of millions of Euros for projects to fight climate change and help countries to deal with its consequences. Among these projects …

London’s busiest toilets closed for £4m revamp

London’s busiest toilets closed for £4m revamp The capital’s busiest toilets closed on Christmas Eve and will be open again in April 2019 as Network Rail undertakes a major redesign and refurbishment of the facilities at London Victoria station. The new, revamped toilets will be furnished with high-quality materials and state-of-the-art plumbing systems to help …

Nottinghamshire residents among 40,000 benefitting from quieter roads

Nottinghamshire residents among 40,000 benefitting from quieter roads People living near the busy A1 in Nottinghamshire are among 40,000 roadside residents getting used to a quieter life thanks to a major noise reduction initiative delivering quieter roads. Highways England has pledged to reduce noise levels for people living in over 1,000 areas close to motorways and …

Positive feedback prompts Wordingham Plant Hire to opt for Volvo compact excavators

Positive feedback prompts Wordingham Plant Hire to opt for Volvo compact excavators Wordingham Plant Hire Ltd of Binham, near Fakenham, Norfolk, has opted for a package of Volvo compact excavators for the first time, thanks to a longstanding relationship with Volvo dealers, Contractors Equipment Sales Ltd of Norwich. The machines chosen by the company include …

Liebherr to present “Together. Now and Tomorrow.” at Bauma 2019

Liebherr to present “Together. Now and Tomorrow.” at Bauma 2019 From 8-14 April, Liebherr will give attendees of Bauma 2019 a unique chance to experience its latest innovations first-hand, which range from construction machines, material handling, mining and components. Visitors can look forward to seeing many new technologies and other practical innovations at Liebherr’s 14,000 …

UK workers are risking GDPR penalties by forwarding work emails to personal accounts

UK workers are risking GDPR penalties by forwarding work emails to personal accounts A survey of 1,002 UK workers in full or part-time employment, carried out by technology services provider Probrand.co.uk, has revealed that an incredible 64% of people admitted to having forwarded a customer email to their personal email account in the four months …

STRABAG receives contract for modernisation of D1 motorway in Czechia

STRABAG receives contract for modernisation of D1 motorway in Czechia A consortium including STRABAG a.s., a subsidiary of European construction group STRABAG, has been awarded the contract for the modernisation of the D1 motorway in the Czech Republic. The contract, which has a total value of CZK 1.88 billion (~ € 72.7 million), comprises the …

BAM planting 150,000 trees to celebrate their 150th anniversary

BAM planting 150,000 trees to celebrate their 150th anniversary In 2019 Royal BAM Group nv turns 150. To underline the Group’s commitment to sustainability, the European construction company will plant 150,000 trees throughout 2019. More information about the history of BAM and the various jubilee activities can be found on their website here. Carpentry shop …

City dwellers are demanding smart traffic measures to cut commute times

City dwellers are demanding smart traffic measures to cut commute times The UK is among the most congested countries in the world, with a reported 37.5 million vehicles registered for use on UK roads last year – and now a new report, by ATG Access reveals that almost two-thirds (65%) of city-dwellers are frustrated with …

The first Tivoli Cinema designed by Run For The Hills opens in Bath

The first Tivoli Cinema designed by Run For The Hills opens in Bath London-based consultancy Run For The Hills is delighted to finally unveil its design for Tivoli Cinema, a new breed of boutique cinema which opened for the first time in Bath this week. The studio has created not only the brand’s visual identity …

Hitachi Excavator and GET the ideal combination for SC Agremin Transcom in Romania

Hitachi Excavator and GET the ideal combination for SC Agremin Transcom in Romania A Romanian construction firm has equipped its new ZX250LC-6 medium excavator with a Hitachi bucket and Genuine GET (ground engaging tools) to help improve productivity on a demanding project in the south of the country. The machine was delivered to SC Agremin …

Venice Airport receives €150 million from EIB to finance expansion

Venice Airport receives €150 million from EIB to finance expansion With a €150 million loan, the European Investment Bank (EIB) supports the development of the Venice Airport, the third busiest international gateway in Italy by number of passengers. EIB Vice-President, Dario Scannapieco and the President and CEO of Venice Airport’s operator SAVE, Enrico Marchi, signed …

Ringway Wiltshire replaces lighting on Grade I listed Bradford on Avon town bridge

Ringway Wiltshire replaces lighting on Grade I listed Bradford on Avon town bridge Ringway Wiltshire has restored the streetlighting on a historic Grade I listed bridge to its former glory after successfully completing a major scheme which has been hailed a huge success by a local preservation society. The antique streetlights on Town Bridge in …

Galliford Try digs in to get new roundabout over the M49 in Bristol built ASAP

Galliford Try digs in to get new roundabout over the M49 in Bristol built ASAP Work for a new junction on the M49 at Avonmouth near Bristol being carried out by Galliford Try for Highways England is progressing well. The project will improve road access and provide a much-needed connection into the Avonmouth and Severnside …

Heathrow expansion gathers pace as next phase of public consultation takes off

Heathrow expansion gathers pace as next phase of public consultation takes off Today Heathrow launches its Airspace and Future Operations consultation and is asking local communities to help shape the airport’s plans for its future airspace – both for the existing two runways and as part of the proposed expansion. This is the latest milestone …

Network Rail delivers 330 projects worth over £148m on time

Network Rail delivers 330 projects worth over £148m on time Passengers returning to work are benefiting from more reliable infrastructure, improved facilities and services after a £148m Network Rail Christmas programme of investment across the network successfully completed on-time. Across the country passengers will begin to experience the benefits of this investment. Signalling upgrades in …

The first 16 Volvo EC18Es in Great Britain heading for Nixon Hire

The first 16 Volvo EC18Es in Great Britain heading for Nixon Hire Tyneside based Nixon Hire has taken delivery of the very first E-series variant of the highly popular Volvo 1.8 tonne compact excavator with an initial batch of sixteen units. The new E-Series Volvo compact excavators offer significant improvements over the ever popular D‑Series models …

140 year old Drewitt Construction expands into construction services in West Midlands

140 year old Drewitt Construction expands into construction services in West Midlands Drewitt Construction, a family-run business with over 140 years of history has branched out to offer construction services in the West Midlands. Headed up by Alex Drewitt, the sixth generation of the Drewitt family, who founded the Drewitt Group in 1877, which has …

Talent in Logistics Awards are now open

Talent in Logistics Awards are now open Entries are open for the Talent in Logistics Awards 2019. Talent in Logistics supports and celebrates the 2.2million+ logistics, transport and warehousing employees that keep the logistics sector running. The awards, which are free to enter, will see a number of new additions to this year’s categories, not …

IFC invests in Belgrade Airport to boost development of Serbia’s infrastructure

IFC invests in Belgrade Airport to boost development of Serbia’s infrastructure IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is providing a €182 million financing package to the new private concessionaire of Belgrade Airport Nikola Tesla, VINCI Airports Serbia, a subsidiary of VINCI Airports SAS. The concessionaire will develop and upgrade Belgrade’s Nikola Tesla Airport, …

German approval of the Fehmarnbelt tunnel ready to be signed

German approval of the Fehmarnbelt tunnel ready to be signed The Ministry of Transport of Schleswig-Holstein announced today that the plan approval of the Fehmarnbelt tunnel is ready to be signed. In accordance with German regulations, Femern A/S now has 14 days to review the approval before it is signed. During this process, only minor …

Five week upgrade starts for Manchester M56 motorway link

Five week upgrade starts for Manchester M56 motorway link The M56, one of Manchester’s key motorway link roads is in line for a new year upgrade to make journeys smoother and safer for the 90,000 drivers who use it every day. Highways England is improving a two-mile stretch of the M56, known as the Sharston …

Government traffic statistics underline need for greater UK road maintenance investment

Government traffic statistics underline need for greater UK road maintenance investment New government statistics underline the pressures that the poorly maintained local road network is facing and the need for greater investment in maintenance to ensure that the network can cope. The latest Transport Statistics Great Britain 2018 from the Department for Transport reports that …

First Cohort complete Institute of Quarrying Level 3 SHE Certificate

First Cohort complete Institute of Quarrying Level 3 SHE Certificate Six employees at Salop Sand & Gravel Supply Co. Ltd are celebrating becoming the first cohort of delegates to complete the Level 3 SHE certificate run by the Institute of Quarrying (IQ). Sam Howells, Russell Collier, Nigel Baugh, Matthew Mclean, Glen Parke and Andrew Hart …

Clearview ends 2018 on a high way

Clearview ends 2018 on a high way A road safety initiative implemented by Clearview Intelligence along a major trunk road in Scotland has contributed to an international road safety award. Scotland TranServ was named the winner of the Innovative Road Safety Solutions category at the annual Prince Michael International Road Safety Awards for a series …

DriveTribe confirmed as lead sponsor at 2019 London Motor and Tech Show

DriveTribe confirmed as lead sponsor at 2019 London Motor and Tech Show DriveTribe, the automotive social media platform founded by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May have been confirmed as lead sponsor for the London Motor & Tech Show, from 16th to 20th May 2019 at the London Excel. The event, now in its …

Holmes Plant and Construction invests in seven new easy to use Volvo compact excavators

Holmes Plant and Construction invests in seven new easy to use Volvo compact excavators Is the verdict of Holmes Plant and Construction Ltd as a further seven Volvo compact excavators are delivered form SMT GB’s utility dealer, Contractors Equipment Sales Ltd. A further four, zero swing 2.5-tonne ECR25Ds and three larger 5-tonne reduced swing ECR50Ds …

Liebherr concrete mixing plant operating at high altitude on the Eiger Glacier in Switzerland

Liebherr concrete mixing plant operating at high altitude on the Eiger Glacier in Switzerland A Liebherr Compactmix 1.0 is supplying the construction site for the “V-cableway” (or “V-Bahn”) project in the Swiss mountains with concrete. The project was a challenge both in terms of logistics and on-site operation. The Grindelwald-Männlichen Gondola Cableway company and Jungfraubahn …

Ridgway reaches new heights with Komatsu elevated cabs

Ridgway reaches up to new heights Shropshire based Ridgway Rentals have added Komatsu PC210LCD-11 crawler excavators with elevating cabs to their fleet. The conversion of these standard PC210LCD-11’s into high rise cabs was carried out in partnership with Kocurek to fulfil the need of a wood recycling customer to load wood waste into shredding machines. …

Cubis Systems chooses Rapid International to future-proof Concrete output and quality

Cubis Systems chooses Rapid International to future-proof Concrete output and quality Cubis Systems, an operating division of one of Europe’s leading building materials companies, is the global leader in the manufacture of access chamber and ducting systems, used in the construction of infrastructure networks. Headquartered in County Armagh, Northern Ireland, the company has seven manufacturing sites …

Bunce wins their first Council Tender in Nottingham for electric road sweepers

Bunce wins their first Council Tender in Nottingham for electric road sweepers Bunce, the exclusive supplier of Boschung products in the United Kingdom, wins its very first Council tender in the United Kingdom for electric road sweepers. Bunce championed the Boschung full electric ‘Urban-Sweeper S2.0’ against all other major competitors after two days of demonstrations …

Howley Park Quarry opts for the flexibility of a Volvo Construction package

Howley Park Quarry opts for the flexibility of a Volvo Construction package The addition of another Volvo L180H loading shovel, a fifty-tonne EC480E excavator and an A45G articulated hauler coincides with the commissioning of a brand new crushing plant at the Howley Park facility. “Up until now we’ve engaged contractors to carry out the primary …

Highways England previews new Lower Thames Crossing route

Highways England previews new Lower Thames Crossing route With a major consultation into a new Lower Thames Crossing entering its final week, Highways England is offering a preview of the route and an insight into the unique history of the Kent and Essex Thames Estuary area. A new Lower Thames Crossing will be Britain’s biggest …

Berlin €80 million residential construction contract won by ZÜBLIN

Berlin €80 million residential construction contract won by ZÜBLIN The STRABAG subsidiary Ed. Züblin AG has received the turnkey construction contract for a residential complex in Berlin-Schöneberg. The client of the Stadtquartier Südkreuz project at Tempelhofer Weg in the Schöneberger Linse urban development area is Rondus Erste Immobilienbesitz GmbH & Co. KG, represented by Hines …

EU enhances support for transport connectivity in Ukraine through EIB agreements

EU enhances support for transport connectivity in Ukraine through EIB agreements At the EU-Ukraine Association Council meeting held today in Brussels, the European Investment Bank (EIB) agreed with the Ukrainian Government on a series of new financing operations. The EU bank will lend €50m to finance transport connectivity and infrastructure improvements throughout the country. Ukraine …

The Executive Hire Show all set to be the UK rental event of 2019

The Executive Hire Show all set to be the UK rental event of 2019 With 190 exhibitors, including 36 companies making their Show debut, there is no better opportunity than the 2019 Executive Hire Show, for hirers to find the equipment they need as they prepare for a very busy year ahead. There looks set …

Taylor Lindsey invests in performance with their first Hyundai Excavator

Taylor Lindsey invests in performance with their first Hyundai Excavator Taylor Lindsey is an award-winning property development and construction company based in the historic City of Lincoln. Established in 1945, the company has some of the best located and most prominent development sites in the area. The business has designed and built commercial properties for …

Investment Plan for Europe supports expansion of Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport

Investment Plan for Europe supports expansion of Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport Continued expansion and upgrades of Hungary`s main international airport are at the core of the €200 million loan agreement signed today between the European Investment Bank and Budapest Airport, the company operating Liszt Ferenc International Airport. The EIB loan, backed by the European …

Flannery Plant Hire choose GKD Technologies Rated Capacity indicator system

Flannery Plant Hire choose GKD Technologies Rated Capacity indicator system Flannery Plant Hire is the largest provider of operated plant and heavy equipment in the UK, with a turnover of £82 million and five bases nationwide. The driving ambition of the company is to be forward thinking and embrace innovation, making Flannery Plant Hire a …

EBRD partners with EU for Macedonian Railway Corridor VIII

EBRD partners with EU for Macedonian Railway Corridor VIII The modernisation of FYR Macedonia’s railway infrastructure is progressing, with the signing in Skopje today of a grant agreement for a further €68.6 million of co-financing from the European Union through the Western Balkans Investment Framework (WBIF). This grant will be used to co-finance the construction …

McCann invests in future success with the next wave of industry experts

McCann invests in future success with the next wave of industry experts Investment in the next generation of civil and electrical engineering specialists is vital for Nottingham-based McCann in order for the company to remain at the forefront of the industry. The business has recently placed significant investment in two of its youngest employees, after …

Heathrow Cargo stockings full to the brim

Heathrow Cargo stockings full to the brim Heathrow data reveals the role the UK’s only hub airport and biggest port by value plays in transporting essential ingredients for Christmas celebrations across the world. Based on historical trends, over 140,000 tonnes of Christmas cargo – the equivalent of 66 London Eyes – is expected to fly …

BAM Construction wins ambitious development at Kings Cross

BAM Construction wins ambitious development at Kings Cross The spectacular transformation of King’s Cross led by the King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership (KCCLP) has taken yet another forwards step as KCCLP appoints BAM Construction in London to deliver 11-21 Canal Reach. BAM, which recently completed the newest King’s Cross landmark, Coal Drops Yard, will now …

New partnership programme will help cities to plan for the future

New partnership programme will help cities to plan for the future The National Infrastructure Commission today launched a partnership programme for cities and city regions across the country, to help local leaders develop long-term strategies that link transport, housing and job opportunities. Chairman Sir John Armitt said the programme would help cities “from the North …

Winner announced in the Network Rail Footbridge Design Ideas Competition

Winner announced in the Network Rail Footbridge Design Ideas Competition Network Rail and RIBA Competitions are delighted to announce the winner and highly commended entry in the competition seeking new design ideas for footbridges. Entrants were set the challenge to design fully accessible footbridges that could be used across Britain’s rail network. The competition was …

First Volvo Excavators arrive at Active Plant

First Volvo Excavators arrive at Active Plant Looking to purchase new excavators for their plant hire fleet, Operations Director John Deeble and Managing Director, Jerry O’Donovan, of Active Plant Hire Ltd took a detailed look at the specification and key performance indicators of the Volvo ECR145E and the larger ECR235E excavators. They concluded these were …

£1,000 Christmas BONUS tops off a strong year for JCB

£1,000 Christmas BONUS tops off a strong year for JCB JCB today delivered some festive cheer to thousands of UK employees – the company’s biggest Christmas bonus for more than a decade. Around 7,200 employees at JCB’s 11 plants across Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Wrexham will receive an extra £1,000 in their pay packets. The last …

Wood transport enters a new dimension with SENNEBOGEN 830 E and trailer

Wood transport enters a new dimension with SENNEBOGEN 830 E and trailer A view over the log yard at Fiberboard in Baruth in the German province of Brandenburg provides optimism for the future. Gigantic proportions, logs as far as the eye can see, and in between them a green material handler steadily doing its rounds. …

EIB supports transport infrastructure in Slovakia

EIB supports transport infrastructure in Slovakia The European Investment Bank (EIB) is lending EUR 320m to the Slovak government for transport infrastructure in Slovakia. The EIB funds will co-finance priority projects that will be supported by EU funds within the period 2014-2020. This loan is the second tranche of the EUR 670m EIB lending package, …

New platforms open at Britain’s busiest railway station after £800 million investment

New platforms open at Britain’s busiest railway station after £800 million investment The former Eurostar terminal at Waterloo station reopened permanently this morning (10 December) for the first time since international services moved to St Pancras in 2007, as part of the £800 million project to increase capacity on the South Western Railway network. Passengers …

House of Lords to debate report on off-site manufacture for construction

House of Lords to debate report on off-site manufacture for construction Today, the House of Lords will debate the Science and Technology Committee’s report “Off-site manufacture for construction: building for change.” Among those listed to speak are several members of the Committee including Lord Fox, Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy …

Highways England reaches milestone for A585 bypass plan

Highways England reaches milestone for A585 bypass plan A congestion-busting new A585 bypass, dual carriageway, between Windy Harbour and Skippool near Poulton-le-Fylde in Lancashire is a step closer after the Planning Inspectorate agreed to examine Highways England’s plans. The £100 million proposal – to bypass the existing A585 – is being proposed as part of …

Expert engineers work with Liebherr mobile construction cranes to tackle building retrofit

Expert engineers work with Liebherr mobile construction cranes to tackle building retrofit Three Liebherr mobile construction cranes have been in action as part of an administrative building retrofit in Neckarsulm. In addition to several steel elements, a MK 140 hoisted several air conditioning units onto the five-storey building. A MK 88 and a MK 100 …

UK Autodrive pilot proves Siemens Mobility intelligent roadside infrastructure

UK Autodrive pilot proves Siemens Mobility intelligent roadside infrastructure Following the successful conclusion of the UK Autodrive pilot in Coventry and Milton Keynes, a series of demonstration days have been held to showcase the technology used in the programme. This includes the roadside infrastructure which was supplied and installed by Siemens Mobility Limited for the …

Shannon Valley invests in Hitachi to cope with growth in Irish construction

Shannon Valley invests in Hitachi to cope with growth in Irish construction Shannon Valley has expanded its fleet of Hitachi machinery to keep pace with the growth of the construction market in the Republic of Ireland. Based at Donabate, County Dublin, the contractor has bought a wide range of Zaxis-5 and -6 excavators, and ZW-6 …

Bigger and better Plantworx 2019 already 75 percent full

Bigger and better Plantworx 2019 already 75 percent full The Plantworx team announced yesterday that the 2019 event is over 75% sold out overall. This percentage takes into account that the show, at its new East of England Arena home is Peterborough, has 20% more exhibition space than the 2017. The digging demonstration areas are …

Ritchie Bros. sells €42 million of equipment at December Netherlands auction

Ritchie Bros. sells €42 million of equipment at December Netherlands auction Ritchie Bros. sold €42+ million (US$48+ million) of heavy equipment, trucks, and other industrial assets during its two-day auction in Moerdijk, The Netherlands last week. The auction, which took place on December 6 – 7, 2018, attracted more than 2,100 bidders from 92 countries. …

Plantworx Innovation Awards looks for winners

Plantworx Innovation Awards looks for winners Plantworx Innovation Awards 2019 held in association with Railworx – submissions from Plantworx exhibitors invited. Winning an award can have incredible benefits for a company and the value and impact can be far reaching, by enhancing brand profile and recognition, which in turn could lead to an increase in …

EIB supports the upgrading and expansion of the Ports of Rome and Lazio in Italy

EIB supports the upgrading and expansion of the Ports of Rome and Lazio in Italy The European Investment Bank (EIB) is supporting the development of the Ports of Rome and Lazio (Civitavecchia, Fiumicino and Gaeta) with an approved loan of €195m, equal to almost 40 per cent of the local Port Authority’s multi-year investment plan. …

Industry leaders give mandate for autonomous vehicles to deliver benefits beyond safety

Industry leaders give mandate for autonomous vehicles to deliver benefits beyond safety New research from the Smart Mobility Living Lab: London (SMLL) has found that almost two-thirds (65%) of senior industry leaders are confident that connected autonomous vehicles (CAVs) will be made available for use on UK roads in the next five years. The study …

Highways England looking for smart alliances for England’s busiest motorways

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Cornwall’s HG Thomas Plant Hire gets the Hyundai economical and competitive edge

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Network Rail announces first contract awards for multi-billion-pound work bank in CP6

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Volvo P6870C is the optimum Paver for Asphalt Surfacing Ltd

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Chapter 8 introduces livery products for patient transport services

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Tarmac and Nottingham Trent University get in gear for cycle safety

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Volvo moves the Earth for the Sirius Group

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Predictions of cold winter are bad news for Britain’s local roads

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England’s first motorway turns 60 with major technology upgrade

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Woodgate Sawmills sticks with Volvo Construction

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European Investment Bank loan for Krakow tramways foster clean and green transport

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Cleverciti Systems part of Unreasonable Impact to tackle Global Issues and Jobs

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Galliford Try installs 5 span Bailey bridge over River Witham

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ITS professionals in the UK split over driverless car investment

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New survey reveals strong public support for British infrastructure investment

New survey reveals strong public support for British infrastructure investment Sir John Armitt today welcomed a new survey showing strong public support for investment in infrastructure – and recognition of its benefits to the wider UK economy. The chairman of the National Infrastructure Commission said this demonstrated the importance of planning for meeting the UK’s …

The European Investment bank finances better roads in Montenegro

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Boschung r-weather presented for the first time at Pollutec in France

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RSMA 2018 Awards takes a look at the winners

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JCB secures multi-million pound deal with Travis Perkins

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Bad eyesight means nearly 3 million UK motorists could be driving illegally

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Liebherr showcasing their equipment at Pollutec 2018 trade fair in France

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VolvoCE and Skanska’s electric quarry reduce carbon emissions by 98 percent

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McCann boosts investment in their Electrical Training organisation to meet industry demand

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Is the UK public ready for driverless cars?

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A quarter of UK drivers call for dash cams to be compulsory

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ALE and OM Heavylift expand to provide full service of port operations at Port of Dundee

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Ringway Island Roads upgrades iconic Military Road on the Isle of Wight

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Ken Marsh finds his way back with a Volvo Excavator

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Tending the St Moritz slopes with Aebi’s VT450 Vario

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Tarmac and SkillForce partner to help students into professional employment

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SENNEBOGEN 830E quick change helps dismantle trucks at FW Thomas

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Volvo Trucks delivers autonomous transport solution to limestone quarry in Norway

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Network Rail seeks major digital railway transformation programme partner

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Ridgway Rentals adds the new JCB 457 Wastemaster to their hire fleet

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Taylor and Braithwaite partner up to go UK wide with TBS Plant Ltd

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Network Rail confirms £2 billion for better railways in Wales and Borders

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British Council budgets are on a road to nowhere

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SENNEBOGEN telescopic crane continues to impress at Grand Paris Express construction site

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Ammann asphalt plant retrofit protects the environment

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Volvo takes over as Yorkshire Quarry’s prime mover as production is ramped up

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Yotta signs 7 year deal with CGI for Asset Management and Solutions to Glasgow CC

Yotta signs 7 year deal with CGI for Asset Management and Solutions to Glasgow CC Technology company, Yotta has won a seven-year contract with CGI, a leading independent IT and business process service firm, to deliver asset management services and solutions to Scotland’s largest local authority, Glasgow City Council. The contract is the largest Yotta …

Defensibility of claims under the new Well-managed UK Highway Infrastructure Guidance

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Austria’s Latschau Reservoir refurbished with Shell Bitumen

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Highways England goes back to school to inspire engineers of the future

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Volvo digs in at the Ceannacroc Estates in Scotland

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Ringway secures 8 year £16m extension to A417 and A419 maintenance contract

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UK Road Industry welcomes proposals for 5 year local road settlement

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Highways England warns drivers to give gritters space to work

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Clearview traffic innovations improve safety and traffic flow at hospital junction

Clearview traffic innovations improve safety and traffic flow at hospital junction An innovative scheme integrating wireless vehicle detection traffic signals, vehicle activated signs (VAS) and a hurry call system has reconfigured a hospital junction to address safety concerns and assist ambulance response times. Tasked with improving safety for the 11,400 motorists who use the junction daily, …

Highways England invests in high-tech gritters take to combat snow and ice

Highways England invests in high-tech gritters take to combat snow and ice A fleet of new look gritters, using state of the art technology are on the road this winter following a multi-million pound investment by Highways England. The first delivery of the new gritters took place in October and will improve safety for drivers …

What we can learn from Scotland’s road safety success

What we can learn from Scotland’s road safety success Fatalities in Scotland reduced by 24 percent in 2017, according to last month’s Reported Road Casualties in Great Britain. This was the biggest improvement in Great Britain. Fatalities were reduced to 146, taking Scotland ahead of its 2020 reduction target to reduce fatalities by 40 percent. …

New triple decker roundabout project uncovers WWII unexploded bombs

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Portsmouth based AJ and MJ Plant Sales goes all out for Volvo Excavators

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Amey Consulting wins multi-million pound design contract for North West UK roads

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Small Robot Company unveils Harry the prototype farming robot

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Bristol City Council wins Best Smart City Award with help from Siemens Mobility

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Mineral Products Qualifications Council to host inaugural BIG Event at MP House

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20 tonne Volvo EC220E Excavator for Michael Henry

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MUJI and Sensible 4 create first Autonomous Shuttle Bus for all-weather conditions

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Highways England innovates to tackle road noise in Wakefield

Highways England innovates to tackle road noise in Wakefield An innovative noise barrier which will reduce the level of noise for residents living close to the M1 is being used in the UK for the first time. The barrier will be installed by Highways England along a section of the M1 at Wakefield and not …

Mabey champions engineering innovation at Bridges Scotland 2018

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PERI Group acquires stake in 3D Concrete Printing company COBOD International

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Institute of Quarrying Student Awards presented at the Tower of London

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ALE’s world beating onshore wind tower heightening a boost for engineering innovation

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Mabey expertise enables efficient development of flood monitoring station on River Nidd

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Ernest Doe and Sons expand Hyundai territory in Southern England

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Parsons meets commissioning milestone on first EDL F-bane rail project in Denmark

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Blakedale treats in store for Traffex Road Expo Scotland

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Metso delivers comminution solutions to NLMK Group in Russia

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New Volvo Excavators for the Daniel Charles Construction fleet

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Chelsea Pensioners join JCB for unique Armistice commemorations

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Autonomous Pods come to Edinburgh

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Eurovia Specialist Treatments adds new Breining applicator to Micro Surfacing fleet

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Skyjack expands reach in Central and Eastern Germany

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Hitachi Construction partners with KTEG to expand European market and develop electric machinery

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European Road Conference celebrates corridors for shared prosperity and sustainable mobility

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ADEPT’s Dragon’s Den puts through successful SMART places projects

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Liebherr tower cranes build Axel Springer’s new building in Berlin

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The UK Executive Hire Show 2019 is ready for business

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Mabey and Ekspan deliver award-winning Bromley Heath Viaduct refurbishment

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BAUMA Vermiet expands co-operation with Hamm and Wirtgen Hamburg

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750th Liebherr mobile construction crane goes to Heros

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EIB supports €330 million traffic upgrades at Port of Rotterdam

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Costain enables major milestone for connected and autonomous vehicles in the UK

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UK Truckers admit to not paying attention to vehicle size as bridge strikes hits five per day

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David Fisher Contracting upgrading to the Volvo EC140E

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PLANTWORX demo area space is selling out fast

PLANTWORX demo area space is selling out fast The CEA’s (Construction Equipment Association’s) Plantworx Construction Exhibition demonstration areas are selling out fast as manufacturers gear up for putting machines through their paces in front of Plantworx visitors at the shows new home at the East of England Arena, Peterborough (11-13 June 2019). Plantworx sales manager, …

Thomas Beton helps German customers build solid foundations with help from Ammann

Thomas Beton helps German customers build solid foundations with help from Ammann Thomas Beton numbers among the leading producers of high-quality ready-mix concrete in northern Germany. Every day, the company’s fleet delivers concrete for residential, commercial and industrial building projects, and also for infrastructure and agricultural construction. Customers are equally welcome to collect their own …

RIDGWAY Rentals invests £17.5m in pre Brexit Britain

RIDGWAY Rentals invests £17.5m in pre Brexit Britain Following a 3 year consolidation period. Nationwide Plant Hire company, RIDGWAY Rentals Ltd., is making a £17.5M investment in new machines to cope with current and future demand. The huge shopping list of nearly 200 machines has been split between 4 manufacturers. Hydrema, JCB, Hitachi plus the …

Balfour Beatty appointed sole contractor for £2 billion UK Scape Infrastructure frameworks

Balfour Beatty appointed sole contractor for £2 billion UK Scape Infrastructure frameworks Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, today announces that it has been appointed as the sole contractor to Scape Group’s second generation civil engineering frameworks, valued at a combined total of up to £2.1 billion revenue. The two new frameworks, open to all …

Volvo loader keeps production flowing at Angle Park Sand and Gravel

Volvo loader keeps production flowing at Angle Park Sand and Gravel Angle Park Sand and Gravel Ltd, is an independent family-run business that was incorporated in 1961 by founder Frank Cuthbert and operates two sand and gravel pits close to Ladybank, Cupar, in the Howe of Fife. Today, the business is run by father Ian …

Network Rail hires Hawk to scare off roof-pecking squatters

Network Rail hires Hawk to scare off roof-pecking squatters Network Rail has enlisted the services of a Harris hawk to rid Manchester Victoria station roof of pesky seagulls. In 2015 as part of the station’s £44m transformation, new ethylene tetrafluoroethylene roof panels were fitted. Since then seagulls, have taken up residence on the roof and are …

Queen Eufemia and Queen Ellisiv breakthrough in Oslo

Queen Eufemia and Queen Ellisiv breakthrough in Oslo After about 9 kilometres each through tough gneiss, on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 the twin tunnel boring machines from Herrenknecht “Queen Eufemia” and “Queen Ellisiv” achieved an historic double breakthrough near the city centre of Oslo. The Follo Line Project is currently the country’s largest infrastructure project …

STRABAG awarded €133 million contract for section of A1 Motorway in Poland

STRABAG awarded €133 million contract for section of A1 Motorway in Poland The European-based construction group STRABAG, through its Polish subsidiary STRABAG Sp. z o.o., has been awarded another contract for a section of the A1 motorway in Poland. STRABAG is leading a consortium (92 %) with Poland’s Budimex SA. The 17 km long Section …

Ringway takes part in innovative autonomous and connected vehicle trials in Milton Keynes

Ringway takes part in innovative autonomous and connected vehicle trials in Milton Keynes Ringway has helped to pioneer new technology on the UK’s roads by taking part in an innovative three-year trial of autonomous and connected vehicles which will shape the future of mobility. Connected and autonomous vehicles were demonstrated and operated in live conditions across …

Doka enables a record breaking Eyiste Viaduct project in Turkey

Doka enables a record breaking Eyiste Viaduct project in Turkey Formwork expertise from Doka is much in demand right now for construction of the country’s highest viaduct. With piers up to 155 metres tall, the Eyiste Viaduct will be the connecting link between Central Anatolia and Turkey’s Mediterranean region, shortening travel time between the cities …

Ringway Island Roads to improve the iconic Military Road in the UK

Ringway Island Roads to improve the iconic Military Road in the UK A seven-mile stretch of one of the UK’s most iconic and photographed roads is to be improved in a major scheme by Ringway Island Roads. The Military Road between Chale and Brook on the Isle of Wight will be improved in a project expected …

RSTA warns UK local roads are unsafe to drive and cycle on

RSTA warns UK local roads are unsafe to drive and cycle on The Road Surface Treatments Association (RSTA) has published a new statement making the road safety case for increased investment in local road maintenance. The statement is the first in a series of such underlining the social and economic importance of having a well-maintained …

Red light enforcement cameras and CCTV rolled out at high-risk level crossings

Red light enforcement cameras and CCTV rolled out at high-risk level crossings A major investment in railway safety in Kent, Sussex and Surrey will see state-of-the-art red light cameras installed at the county’s highest-risk level crossings, Network Rail has announced today. The scheme is part of a roll-out of camera technology at 45 automatic half-barrier …

11fountains Sperm Whale launched by SENNEBOGEN crawler crane

11fountains Sperm Whale launched by SENNEBOGEN crawler crane A curious sight for onlookers in Harlingen, Friesland, Holland: a 17-ton sperm whale fountain being lowered into the water at Harlingen harbor by a SENNEBOGEN 1100 E. Since the middle of the year, a life-size reproduction of a sperm whale, made from plastic and concrete, located off …

London’s innovative Twentytwo is a model for building smarter, faster and safer

London’s innovative Twentytwo is a model for building smarter, faster and safer When completed next year, Twentytwo, an innovative new development located minutes from the new London Liverpool Street Crossrail station, will stand 278 metres tall and showcase a number of new construction solutions in a challenging historic and densely populated urban environment. Developers, planners …

Mabey bridge innovation stabilises bridge within 24 hours of M6 crash

Mabey bridge innovation stabilises bridge within 24 hours of M6 crash Leading bridge and engineering services specialist Mabey has provided an urgent solution for Highways England to prop up a bridge over the M6 following a serious lorry crash. The bridge propping solution, which was installed overnight, enabled the safe removal of the wreckage, and …

Lower Thames Crossing to boost road capacity by 90 percent

Lower Thames Crossing to boost road capacity by 90 percent A major new road linking Kent, Thurrock and Essex would nearly double road capacity across the river Thames and almost halve northbound journey times at Dartford Crossing, under updated plans released by Highways England today. The multi-billion pound project will connect communities, boost the economy …

RoSPA calls for UK road strategy to prioritise vulnerable road users

RoSPA calls for UK road strategy to prioritise vulnerable road users RoSPA publishes Safe and active at all ages: a national strategy to prevent serious accidental injuries in England. Among its recommendations on road safety, the document calls for particular attention to be paid to lower speeds in built-up areas, and the promotion of active travel as a …

Targeted approach needed to tackle Britain’s stagnant road safety figures

Targeted approach needed to tackle Britain’s stagnant road safety figures The Reported road casualties Great Britain, annual report: 2017 was released this time last week. In reviewing the report it is disappointing to see the lack of progress being made on improving road safety in Great Britain. There were 1,793 reported road deaths in 2017, …

Balfour Beatty Living Places secures £103m Highways contract for Telford and Wrekin

Balfour Beatty Living Places secures £103m Highways contract for Telford and Wrekin Balfour Beatty Living Places today announces it has been awarded a seven year, £103 million contract by Telford and Wrekin Council for the maintenance of highways assets. There is an option to extend the contract for a further seven years. Balfour Beatty Living …

Highway England warns drivers against tailgating – Don’t be a Space Invader

Highway England warns drivers against tailgating – Don’t be a Space Invader Stay safe, stay back – that is the message from Highways England today as it reveals the extent – and impact – of tailgating on the country’s major roads and motorways. New figures show that one in eight of all road casualties are …

Eurovia Specialist Treatment first in UK with new Spray Injection Patching Machine

Eurovia Specialist Treatment first in UK with new Spray Injection Patching Machine Eurovia Specialist Treatment (EST) is the first business in the UK to trial a new combined frontal Spray Injection Patching unit with rear Surface Dressing patching capabilities within one machine. In an innovative twist to traditional sprayjet patching, the ‘Greenswift’ Spray Injection Patching …

SENNEBOGEN Crawler Cranes for THIBAULT SA and TBI in Paris

SENNEBOGEN Crawler Cranes for THIBAULT SA and TBI in Paris THIBAULT SA and TBI are two construction companies based in the town of Foucarmont in the Paris region Seine Maritime département run by the family of the same name. The two entities are complementary in their activities and offer their customers a wide range of solutions …

Rennicks traffic and transport solutions on show at Traffex Road Expo Scotland

Rennicks traffic and transport solutions on show at Traffex Road Expo Scotland For over thirty years, Rennicks UK Ltd has specialised in delivering the latest road traffic signage and technology. Products focus on enhancing safety and efficiency for road users and workers, using new insights and expertise to offer sophisticated, innovative solutions that tackle common …

Snowtonomous connected and autonomous cars for Scotland

Snowtonomous connected and autonomous cars for Scotland “Snowtonomous driving” is the new buzz-phrase in the world of connected and autonomous vehicles (CAV) according to the Finnish Transport Agency, which has developed a 10km stretch of “intelligent” road for testing self-driving technology. Director of the Finnish Aurora project, Reija Viinanen, is one of the world’s leading …

Nordic Investment Bank finances new section of E18 motorway in Norway

Nordic Investment Bank finances new section of E18 motorway in Norway The Nordic Investment Bank finances new section of E18 motorway in Norway and the Norwegian toll-road operator Ferde AS have signed a NOK 1 billion (€ 104.5 million) loan with a maturity of 17.5 years to finance the construction of a new section of motorway …

CABE Conference hears call for tougher Health and Safety for UK Construction

CABE Conference hears call for tougher Health and Safety for UK Construction Dame Judith Hackitt, author of ‘Building a Safer Future: Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety’ has today spoken to CABE about the need for a joined up regulatory process that goes hand in hand with a tougher regulatory regime that has …

Hyundai excavators not stumped by thriving forestry business

Hyundai excavators not stumped by thriving forestry business Braintree, Essex based, Kingwell Holdings, headed up by founder and Managing Director, Justin Kingwell, have become renowned as a highly specialized forestry and site clearance firm, having worked on a wide variety of large contracts across the UK. The company runs some impressive specialized kit including AHWI …

VolvoCE provides extra energy for TAP Pipeline Project

VolvoCE provides extra energy for TAP Pipeline Project Equipping construction machines with a digital voice has brought a new level of productivity to an international energy project piping gas from the Caspian Sea to Europe. The project (TAP) is scheduled to cost 4.5 billion euros and covers 878 km both onshore and under the sea, …

Siemens deploys 1,000th Traffic Enforcement Camera

Siemens deploys 1,000th Traffic Enforcement Camera Siemens, a global leader in traffic management technology, has supplied and installed its 1,000th traffic enforcement camera in the UK this year to monitor traffic on the newly-constructed A612 Daleside Road bus lane, the first in the UK to allow exemptions to Ultra Low Emission Vehicles (ULEVs). The milestone …

Network Rail leaf-busting trains travel 4 times around the earth to tackle leaves on the line

Network Rail leaf-busting trains travel 4 times around the earth to tackle leaves on the line Network Rail will be travelling the equivalent of more than four times around the world on the south western rail network to combat leaves on the line, which act like black ice on roads and can cause train delays …

Bargain handheld Rothenberger Thermal Imager on Specialbuy at Aldi

Bargain handheld Rothenberger Thermal Imager on Specialbuy at Aldi This October, Aldi will be stocking a thermal imager, a must-have device for builders and bill reducers, which can be used to pinpoint abnormal heat patterns in and around the home. The device is available exclusively online and can be pre-ordered from 30th September and bought …

Balfour Beatty sets out recommendations to evolve the Apprenticeship Levy

Balfour Beatty sets out recommendations to evolve the Apprenticeship Levy Following the Prime Minister’s announcement that Government is set to reform the Apprenticeship Levy, Balfour Beatty today publishes its latest paper “Building the future: Reshaping the Apprenticeship Levy”. With a looming skills shortage, coupled with a growing pipeline of critical infrastructure projects, it is vital …

Construction and environmental specialist Amand invests in Ammann Compactors

Construction and environmental specialist Amand invests in Ammann Compactors The Amand group of companies regularly rejuvenates its equipment fleet at intervals of three to five years. On each occasion, several manufacturers have the chance to demonstrate their capabilities. For the last 20 years, Ammann has emerged victorious from the bidding rounds and in early summer …

Building on firm foundations to deliver the UK’s future infrastructure

Building on firm foundations to deliver the UK’s future infrastructure Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, today releases its latest paper in response to the first ever appraisal of the country’s future infrastructure need by the National Infrastructure Commission. If the industry is to deliver the vital infrastructure required to empower towns and cities, improve …

One in every seven drivers dice with death at Railway Level Crossings every day

One in every seven drivers dice with death at Railway Level Crossings every day New research from Network Rail reveals an alarming one in seven drivers report they wouldn’t wait for the barrier or gate to open at a level crossing before driving their vehicle over. In the last five years alone, six people have …

Hitachi Construction Machinery welcomes visitors with state-of-the-art demos

Hitachi Construction Machinery welcomes visitors with state-of-the-art demos Hitachi Construction Machinery (Europe) NV (HCME) has redesigned the demonstration area at its headquarters in Amsterdam to showcase a wider variety of machines in a more attractive and technologically advanced environment. Its official opening coincided with the introduction of the ZX210X-6 ICT hydraulic excavator with machine control …

New Highways England awards celebrate the best in the highways sector

New Highways England awards celebrate the best in the highways sector A new set of awards designed to celebrate the very best of the highways sector has been launched by Highways England to showcase individuals, teams, projects and companies. Nominations opened this week, and are invited from all Highways England employees, its suppliers and their …

Looking for clarity in Construction and EU Procurement in No-Deal Brexit

Looking for clarity in Construction and EU Procurement in No-Deal Brexit In nearly six months’ time, on 29 March 2019 at 11pm UK-time to be more exact, the UK is expected to leave the EU. The construction industry has already started to feel the impact of Brexit, and has ongoing concerns about, amongst other things, …

Success for ALE and Conbit on half-way milestone on world’s largest wind farm

Success for ALE and Conbit on half-way milestone on world’s largest wind farm As part of a collaborative scope for one of the biggest offshore wind farm projects in the world, ALE and their Conbit operation have reached the half-way milestone for the marine transportation, sea-fastening, load-out and ballasting of over 100 transition pieces (TPs) …

Network Rail’s Infrastructure Project Signalling Team scores P3M3 top marks

Network Rail’s Infrastructure Project Signalling Team scores P3M3 top marks Network Rail’s Infrastructure Projects (IP) Signalling team has achieved an industry first, recording the highest ever score in an internationally recognised project management assessment. The Portfolio, Programme and Project Management Maturity Model (P3M3), run by the independent body Aspire, looks at an organisation and how it …

Collaborative JV to deliver engineering and support works at Hinkley Point C

Collaborative JV to deliver engineering and support works at Hinkley Point C Today, representatives from Altrad, Balfour Beatty Bailey, Cavendish Nuclear and Doosan Babcock joined forces to officially form the MEH Joint Venture; an innovative new partnership between Hinkley Point C and all Tier One MEH (Mechanical, Electrical and HVAC) and support services contractors to …

Aviva, BP, Hastings Direct and Honda RD Europe unite for the evolution of transport

Aviva, BP, Hastings Direct and Honda R&D Europe unite for the evolution of transport The founder members of a Shared Research Programme (SRP) have been announced today: Aviva, BP, Hastings Direct and Honda R&D Europe. These major companies have confirmed their investment into a 3 year foundation research programme, led by TRL in a strategic …

Network Rail workers fight back against track defects caused by UK hottest summer

Network Rail workers fight back against track defects caused by UK hottest summer Network Rail engineers are fighting back against the effects of the hottest summer on record by repairing nine miles of track defects with almost 3,000 tonnes of stone to keep passengers moving in the south east. The prolonged drought means the ground …

Driverless vehicles could allow London to reclaim over 6,300 hectares of land

Driverless vehicles could allow London to reclaim over 6,300 hectares of land The push towards introducing driverless vehicles in the UK will have a significant impact on the shape of our cities, potentially freeing up over 6,300 hectares of land in London alone – enough space to build the equivalent of 180,000 much-needed new homes …

New LED street lights brighten up Camden Town

New LED street lights brighten up Camden Town Nottingham-based civil and electrical engineering firm McCann is helping to provide a bright future for the London borough of Camden. McCann is working as a supply chain partner to Eurovia undertaking refurbishment and upgrade work of street lighting columns as part of the West End Project – …

RSTA sets up new Asset Management Group for UK road infrastructure

RSTA sets up new Asset Management Group for UK road infrastructure A new Asset Management Group has been set-up by the Road Surface Treatments Association (RSTA). Aimed at local authorities, the Group will allow their highway departments to share best practice linked to the now mandatory Code of Practice – Well Managed Highway Infrastructure. The …

Balfour Beatty lifts 2nd 240 tonne footbridge into place in Telford

Balfour Beatty lifts 2nd 240 tonne footbridge into place in Telford Balfour Beatty has achieved a major milestone on its Telford Footbridge project, with the successful installation of a new footbridge over Telford Central railway station. The project forms part of the major infrastructure upgrade programme being undertaken by Telford & Wrekin Council. Balfour Beatty …

CA Blackwell invests in 24 Volvo Haulers and Excavators for infrastructure project

CA Blackwell invests in 24 Volvo Haulers and Excavators for infrastructure project So says David Lancashire, Plant Manager for CA Blackwell (Contracts) Ltd as the company takes delivery of 24 Volvo machines for one of the biggest infrastructure projects currently underway in the UK. A fleet of 24 Volvo machines, supplied by GB dealer for …

New GB Railfreight locomotive christened by The Worshipful Company of Paviors

New GB Railfreight locomotive christened by The Worshipful Company of Paviors GB Railfreight, in partnership with The Worshipful Company of Paviors, is pleased to announce the naming of its new locomotive, The Pavior. The locomotive, number 66758, was christened at a ceremony at Tarmac’s Harper Lane site in Radlett. The loco is named in honour …

Highways England praises drivers after A66 weekend closures

Highways England praises drivers after A66 weekend closures Highways England has praised drivers and residents for their support as its £5 million package of carriageway improvements along the A66 in Cumbria starts to take shape. This weekend sees the third of seven consecutive closures of the road between Penrith and Brough. Highways England project manager …

Greywacke extraction specialist Günter Jung relies on Liebherr XPower

Greywacke extraction specialist Günter Jung relies on Liebherr XPower Rugged American lorries for bulk material transportation are pairing up with high-performance Liebherr equipment for the greywacke extraction process. Based in Germany’s Sauerland region in North Rhine-Westphalia, quarrying company Günter Jung GmbH operates a very special fleet of machinery, which boasts the L 580 XPower® wheel …

Volvo excavator completes the NC500 500 mile race around Scotland

Volvo excavator completes the NC500 500 mile race around Scotland Thurso-based Gow Groundworks has taken delivery of the first reduced swing radius Volvo EWR170E wheeled excavator to arrive in Great Britain which has recently successfully completed the NC500 around the northern coast of Scotland. The idea of driving a rubber duck around 500 miles of …

Urban Vision swops streetlights for a Totem Pole

Urban Vision swops streetlights for a Totem Pole What’s the difference between a streetlight and totem pole? Not a great deal if you work for Urban Vision, the joint venture between Galliford Try, Salford City Council and Capita Simons which carries out streetlighting and highways maintenance projects for the Council. Urban Vision was called upon …

Bridge on the move in 24-hour M6 Motorway operation this weekend

Bridge on the move in 24-hour M6 Motorway operation this weekend Motorists are reminded that work to remove an 800 tonne, 250ft long bridge over the M6 in Staffordshire takes place this weekend. The bridge, north of Stafford, will be dismantled and the entire 150-tonne centre section lifted clear and taken away in one piece …

Migration Advisory Committee recommendations would cripple UK construction, says FMB

Migration Advisory Committee recommendations would cripple UK construction, says FMB The UK Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) report, which sets out a series of recommendations for the new immigration policy post-Brexit, would cripple the construction industry, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). Commenting on the MAC report, published this morning, Brian Berry, Chief Executive of …

Bonnybridge’s Central Demolition expands with VolvoCE

Bonnybridge’s Central Demolition expands with VolvoCE Central Demolition Ltd of Bonnybridge has invested in another package of Volvo excavators and loading shovels, including their largest shovel yet in the guise of an L150H. “In our opinion, Volvo excavators and loading shovels are top-class products in terms of reliability, performance and operator acceptance,” says Murray Brodie, …

How people are transforming the connected car

How people are transforming the connected car The past decade has seen a radical transformation sweep the motor industry as global electric vehicle sales continue to gather pace. The British plug-in fleet is now the third largest in Europe and the pace of change shows no sign of slowing. New UK government initiatives, such as …

Network Rail and JCDecaux £280m advertising deal to transform passenger experience

Network Rail and JCDecaux £280m advertising deal to transform passenger experience JCDecaux SA (Euronext Paris: DEC) and Network Rail have signed a deal that will see the number one outdoor advertising company worldwide deliver an improved station environment with a 100% digital transport environment at Network Rail stations. The partnership will see Network Rail managed …

Meet the 2018 Biodiversity BIGAwards winners

Meet the 2018 Biodiversity #BIGAwards winners The 2018 BIG Biodiversity Challenge Awards #BIGAwards reached a thrilling finale last night unveiling this year’s worthy winners across eight hotly contested categories, along with the overall winner of this year’s Challenge, and the 2018 BIG Biodiversity Champion, voted for by the industry! Launched in 2013 by CIRIA’s Biodiversity …

Volvo Construction inaugurates new headquarters

Volvo Construction inaugurates new headquarters Volvo Construction Equipment has moved into its new headquarters on the same site as other Volvo business areas at Campus Lundby in Gothenburg. To mark the move, an inauguration ceremony was held on September 3rd, which was attended by senior company leaders and around 500 employees. Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo …

BAM awarded €60 million citydev.brussels multifunctional projects

BAM awarded €60 million citydev.brussels multifunctional projects citydev.brussels, the public body responsible for the urban development of the Brussels-Capital Region, has awarded BAM the contracts for two new projects in the Brussels borough of Anderlecht. Both projects (with a combined value of €60 million) were jointly developed by the property development companies of BAM Belgium …

A19 triple decker roundabout finished off with a time capsule

A19 triple decker roundabout finished off with a time capsule Work to create the North East’s first triple decker roundabout is coming to an end as 80,000 cubic metres of soil is removed, enough to fill 32 Olympic sized swimming pools. The £75m Highways England scheme in North Tyneside is now 80% complete and involves …

Falcon Tower Crane Services invests in JCB Generators

Falcon Tower Crane Services invests in JCB Generators The UK’s largest tower crane supplier has invested in a fleet of JCB diesel generators with an order for 18 units. Falcon Tower Crane Services Ltd is buying a fleet of JCB’s new rental generators, including G100RS, G150RS and G200RS offering power outputs of 100kVA, 150kVA and …

Covers’ Help for Hospices aiming to raise £30,000 for charity

Covers’ Help for Hospices aiming to raise £30,000 for charity Covers Timber & Builders Merchant will once again be hosting its hugely successful charity initiative Covers’ Help for Hospices in September, and aiming to raise £30,000 on behalf of local charities. Now in its fourth year, the charity campaign supports 13 hospices across the South …

JB Construction 1 stocks up on new equipment for nationwide Aldi foundations

JB Construction 1 stocks up on new equipment for nationwide Aldi foundations Birmingham based JB Construction 1 has recently taken delivery of a host of new excavators; dumpers and rollers as they continue to lay the foundations of new Aldi stores throughout England and Wales. As with all great businesses, JB Construction 1 started from …

Balfour Beatty to deliver first stages of East Leeds Orbital Route

Balfour Beatty to deliver first stages of East Leeds Orbital Route Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, today announces that it has been awarded a £5 million contract by Leeds City Council to deliver phase one and two of the East Leeds Orbital Route. Works will include improvements to a number of existing Outer Ring …

Atkins explores the benefits of 5G connectivity for British roads

Atkins explores the benefits of 5G connectivity for British roads Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, will be carrying out a 5G feasibility study to explore the benefits of increased investment in upgrading the connectivity on UK roads. The study will identify the short- and medium-term demand for connectivity, to ensure the road network …

Velocity invests in capacity to meet increasing demand for UK pothole repairs

Velocity invests in capacity to meet increasing demand for UK pothole repairs Road repair specialists Velocity have invested in new machines to meet the increasing demand for their services from local authorities and term-maintenance contractors throughout the UK. Two new machines have joined the fleet, each with the capability to repair up to 200 potholes …

Rail safety warning issued after motorist level crossing misuse in Anglesey

Rail safety warning issued after motorist level crossing misuse in Anglesey Network Rail in Wales and Borders, British Transport Police and Arriva Trains Wales are calling for motorists in Anglesey to use level crossings safely following a recent rise in reported instances of deliberate misuse at Gaerwen and Valley level crossings. The crossings are controlled …

Nominations announced for this years Highways Awards

Nominations announced for this years Highways Awards The shortlist for this year’s Highways Awards (formerly Highways Magazine Excellence Awards) has been announced, ahead of the ceremony on Wednesday 17 October. Winners will be revealed at a gala evening at the Lancaster London hosted by former Formula 1 McLaren pity crew mechanic and motivational speaker, Marc …

Siemens Mobility supports UK CITE live testing for connected cars

Siemens Mobility supports UK CITE live testing for connected cars Following an extensive programme of laboratory and test-track testing, UK CITE, the project to create an advanced environment for connected and autonomous driving has now entered its second phase of trials which sees connected cars being tested on public roads. The trials are being undertaken …

ABMEC announces first Environment Health and Safety Day at HSL Laboratories in Buxton

ABMEC announces first Environment Health & Safety Day at HSL Laboratories in Buxton The Association of British Mining Equipment Companies ABMEC has announced their first Environment, Health & Safety Day at HSL Laboratories, Buxton. There are a limited number of places, so book quickly. ABMEC have also announced an outstanding line up of speakers (listed below) …

Britpave offers new Concrete Road Pavements Course

Britpave offers new Concrete Road Pavements Course A new course ‘Concrete Road Pavements: a technical introduction’ is to be held by Britpave, the British Cementitious Paving Association on Wednesday 26th September 2018 at the Holiday Inn Rugby-Northampton, M1 Junction 18. The half-day course will provide a practical and technical introduction to the design, specification and …

Eye in the sky set to provide a better railway for passengers in Southern England

Eye in the sky set to provide a better railway for passengers in Southern England Network Rail are now using a helicopter across the south western rail network as part of the drive to provide better journeys for passengers. Inspecting the railway by air allows Network Rail to deliver improvements to performance, reliability and safety, …

Weighing in to support the industry with apprenticeships

Weighing in to support the industry with apprenticeships MP Skills are proud to launch the new Weighbridge Operator apprenticeship, a versatile apprenticeship which is applicable to all levels of business and which is delivered through high quality training and assessment. The apprenticeship has a funding cap of £6,000. Often a traditional entry route to starting …

Balfour Beatty VINCI announces new Managing Director for HS2 Joint Venture

Balfour Beatty VINCI announces new Managing Director for HS2 Joint Venture Balfour Beatty VINCI announces the appointment of Mark Davies as Managing Director for its HS2 Joint Venture. Mark Davies will take on the role from Mark Cutler who leaves after a short handover period to take on a new opportunity outside of the Balfour …

Volvo L90H is the loading shovel of choice for Robins of Herstmonceux Chalk Pit

Volvo L90H is the loading shovel of choice for Robins of Herstmonceux Chalk Pit Robins of Herstmonceux, Hailsham, East Sussex has opted for a new Volvo L90H loading shovel which joins existing Volvo L90s at its Newtimber chalk pit located at Pyecombe on the outskirts of Brighton. “We’ve been operating Volvo L90s since 1998 here …

UK Construction Equipment sales show further growth in Q2 2018

UK Construction Equipment sales show further growth in Q2 2018 Retail sales of construction and earthmoving equipment in the UK market grew by 3.8% in the second quarter of 2018, compared with the same period in 2017, according to the UK equipment statistics exchange. In 2017, the construction equipment statistics exchange was taken over by …

Estonia measures the road marking reflectivity of their road network

Estonia measures the road marking reflectivity of their road network Easily noticeable road markings improve road users’ safety, especially in low-light places and when it’s dark outside. During the last two years, Estonian Road Administration has been measuring the retroreflectivity of road markings on all main state roads and as well as on basic roads, …

Smart motorway work set to increase Britain’s M62 capacity by a third

Smart motorway work set to increase Britain’s M62 capacity by a third Construction work to increase the capacity of one of the M62, the North West’s busiest stretches of motorway by a third started this weekend. Contractors for Highways England will begin work on the M62 near Eccles as part of a smart motorway project …

Highways England volunteers pitch in to help Cornwall villagers with recreation ground project

Highways England volunteers pitch in to help Cornwall villagers with recreation ground project The Highways England team behind a proposed A30 upgrade in Cornwall are not only concentrating their efforts on improving lives with their dualling scheme – they have also been busy helping a village near Truro with their community project. Highways England is …

Street artist and sign writer Lionel Stanhope transforms London’s railway bridges with art

Street artist and sign writer Lionel Stanhope transforms London’s railway bridges with art London’s historic railway bridges are being transformed into stunning pieces of art thanks to Network Rail’s unique partnership with a street artist and community groups. Network Rail has teamed up with Lionel Stanhope, a sign writer renowned for his vintage typography work, to …

STRABAG consortium awarded €115 m Oldenburg to Wilhelmshaven rail upgrade line upgrade

STRABAG consortium awarded €115 m Oldenburg to Wilhelmshaven rail upgrade line upgrade A consortium consisting of STRABAG AG, Ed. Züblin AG and STRABAG Rail GmbH has been hired by Deutsche Bahn AG to upgrade a 5.7 km railway line within the municipal limits of Sande in the district of Friesland, Lower Saxony. The contract is …

London Borough of Bromley awards £70m+ highways contracts to JB Riney

London Borough of Bromley awards £70m+ highways contracts to JB Riney The London Borough of Bromley has awarded its Major and Minor highways works contracts to JB Riney & Co Ltd. JB Riney has been awarded both council contracts for major and minor work following a competitive tender process. The contracts involve planned footway and …

Swiss Thun pioneering sustainability with the eSwingo 200+

Swiss Thun pioneering sustainability with the eSwingo 200+ The city of Thun (Bernese Oberland) in Switzerland will have electric sweepers from 2019. The eSwingo 200+ not only offers CO² neutral operation and a lower noise level: “The high suction capacity and general performance, even on challenging gradients, impressed those in charge of the commission,” says …

CAV Scotland 2018 champions connected and autonomous vehicles

CAV Scotland 2018 champions connected and autonomous vehicles A new event. CAV Scotland, brings together global experts in connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) with live demonstrations has been set up to assess the latest developments and debate and discuss the way forward with future trials and research across the world, including in Scotland. CAV Scotland 2018, …

Car-free day in Cardiff achieves 69 percent air quality improvement

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Chepstow Plant International grows their fleet with 99 new Volvos

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Record levels of traffic forced to use deteriorating UK road network

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Balfour Beatty works in partnership to keep vital defence construction capability intact

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Boxpark reveal plans to revive Brighton’s iconic beachfront

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PERI VARIOKIT Engineering Construction Kit debuts on the M8 road bridge in Poland

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British Road Industry welcomes MP’s calls for roads to have heatwave resilience

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STRABAG awarded €111m contract for 16km section of A1 in Poland

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Nearly 90 percent of London Van Drivers to be charged to drive in the capital

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First Smart Motorway is fully-operational in Manchester

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National Transport Industry Award shines the spotlight on LED road stud scheme

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The UK heatwave puts the spotlight on the Construction Industry’s legal obligations

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Mabey designs and installs two new bridges for The British Open at Carnoustie

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NM Group begins final phase of million pound flooding project in East Yorkshire

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Construction leaders launch charity to transform cancer support and fundraising

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ASPIN bolsters Executive Team to support developments to grow the business

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Regen 2018 – 5th Annual UK Regeneration Exhibition and Conference

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McCann reduces their carbon footprint with fleet of hybrid electric vehicles

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Penfold Verrall add some Volvo muscle to their excavator fleet

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Quarrying Industry First for University of Derby Minerals Course

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Eurovia Contracting appointed to £450m Midlands Highways Alliance framework

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Highways England looks at making it easier to drive through roadworks

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NIC calls Ofgem proposals a good step to preparing UK for Electric Vehicles

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Ziegler Group focuses on flexible Sawmill and logistics solutions

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TBF Construction Machinery becomes the Hitachi Construction Machinery dealer in Ireland

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Ofgem proposes electricity reforms to support electric vehicle revolution

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McCann wins coveted RoSPA Gold Award

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Prichards of Llantrisant prefer long lasting Volvo Construction Equipment

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Telensa Smart Streetlight deployed in Edinburgh’s 64,000 light Energy Efficiency Program

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Urban Observatory monitors Newcastle with new generation of sensors

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The longest tunnel of the Bar-Boljare Highway Project in Montenegro breaks through

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Yotta’s Horizons helps drive enhanced asset management for Cheshire East Highways

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Radical overhaul of construction sector needed for UK to meet Infrastructure needs

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UK Government support for NIC recommendations will transform Infrastructure Data

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Galliford Try appointed to £500m UK Midlands Highways Framework

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RAM Tubulars orders Hyundai Forklift from new Hyundai distributor Bear Handling

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Tarmac moves to a regional transport model for cement hauliers

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sustainable drainage systems SuDS success celebrated at inaugural Awards

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Smart thinking could improve driver safety perception of Britain’s Smart Motorways

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New seminar to focus on the development of Clean Air Zones

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GKD Technologies supports expansion with expanded team

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Heathrow completes first stage of search for Innovation Partners

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From the military to the M1 motorway

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McCann helping to keep the midlands moving with M1 Smart Motorway junction works

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Eurovia Surfacing adds new BOMAG roller to its fleet

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It’s coming home! So be safe and marvel at England’s two ‘World Cup’ motorways

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Green fingered railway volunteers support Wolverhampton community project

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McCann teams up for essential East Midlands maintenance works

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Volvo EC140E Excavator gets stuck in down on the farm

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RSTA warns UK Local Councils will have even less money for road maintenance

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100 miles of extra lanes coming to North West England motorways

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Belt and Road co-operation discussed at Ukraine China economic forum in Kiev

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EBRD Board approves €500 million for Trans Adriatic Pipeline

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NM Group launches ex-offender construction training initiative

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New Holland appoints Pat Smith as its new UK and ROI Business Director

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Geotab interactive infographic showcases the Evolution of America’s Interstate Highways

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British buildings will be safer by Co-operation

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New SENNEBOGEN 624 E taxi duty cycle crane proves its worth in France

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Blakedale Traffic Management Vehicles featured at Traffex Seeing is Believing

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Balfour Beatty marches forward with Armed Forces Covenant commitment

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Innovate with Highways England and be a part of the fourth industrial revolution

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The deteriorating skid resistance of UK roads calls for greater use of High Friction Surfacing

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Network Rail prepares for UK’s soaring summer temperatures

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British Parliament unlocks jobs and growth in landmark vote to expand Heathrow

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Hyundai help Demolition South West build a new Cornish demolition business

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Hydrema 912F 12 ton Dump Trucks arrive at Ridgway Rentals

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ONE4ALL calls for Construction and Property Businesses to recognise staff in free awards

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Mayor Sadiq Khan launches new hyperlocal street air monitoring system in London

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40 metre electronic sign gantry to span M6 Smart Motorway in England

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Liebherr breaks ground on new logistics centre to increase production

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Network Rail launches tender for new 5 billion pound railway track alliances

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The Crucial Role of Asphalt Plant Control Systems

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Zublin Scandinavia to build Lovo Interchange as part of the Stockholm Bypass Project

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Metro de Madrid to upgrade and improve its network with EIB financing

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Eurovia Contracting wins two Institution of Civil Engineering Awards

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Scotland’s G A Milven Plant Hire reunites with Volvo and the impressive Volvo EC140E excavator

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Network Rail is streamlining their procurement process to encourage SME’s

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Costain moves their technology centre to North Somerset

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The Halo comes to Britain to protect construction workers

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National Road Planing debuts high performance planer on M54 project

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SENNEBOGEN compact pick and carry material handler showcased in Westerwald Forest

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NEXT architects wins competition with their Belgian wooden watchtower

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Glaston is participating in Finland’s first industry oriented machine learning project

Glaston is participating in Finland’s first industry oriented machine learning project Launched within the framework of DIMECC Oy’s LIFEX programme, the MIDAS project, which focuses on artificial intelligence, is Finland’s first machine learning project in industry. In addition to Glaston, the key actors of the two-year group project are Novatron, Nokia Technologies, Epec and Tampere …

Estonian project measures the retroreflectivity their road markings

Estonian project measures the retroreflectivity their road markings In 2017, the Estonian Road Administration (ERA) carried out a pilot project measuring the retroreflectivity of road markings on all main state roads, altogether 3,721.6 kilometres, in Estonia. Retroreflectivity of a material is one technology used to enhance the readability and perception of information displayed in low-light …

CEMEX UK chooses another Rapidmix Mobile Continuous Concrete Mixing Plant

CEMEX UK chooses another Rapidmix Mobile Continuous Concrete Mixing Plant Rapid International Ltd (County Armagh, Northern Ireland) has recently supplied CEMEX UK with a new Rapidmix 600CW mobile continuous concrete mixing plant / pugmill for production of cementitious mixes including Roller Compacted Concrete (RCC) and Cement Bound Granular Material (CBGM) at various sites. CEMEX is …

Parsons wins supervision contract for the April 25th Suspension Bridge in Portugal

Parsons wins supervision contract for the April 25th Suspension Bridge in Portugal Parsons was recently awarded an engineering and construction support services contract from the Portuguese Directorate of Highways and Railways Infraestruturas de Portugal for the April 25th suspension bridge in Lisbon, Portugal. Services provided under the contract will support bridge improvements and maintenance, as …

Eurovia UK wins RoSPA Order of Distinction and Gold Fleet Safety Awards

Eurovia UK wins RoSPA Order of Distinction and Gold Fleet Safety Awards Eurovia UK has been handed a prestigious award in recognition of its practices and achievements in helping its staff get home safely at the end of the working day. Eurovia UK has achieved an Order of Distinction (16 consecutive Golds) and Fleet Safety …

Traffex Seeing Is Believing aims to make roads safer, smarter and smoother

Traffex Seeing Is Believing aims to make roads safer, smarter and smoother The hazards of working next to 40-tonne lorries doing 60mph, having to cross a busy carriageway, or handling hot materials while moving is driving innovation in the highway maintenance world to new levels – with much of the innovation coming from the very …

The Wildlife Trusts host the first ever Big Wild Weekend

The Wildlife Trusts host the first ever Big Wild Weekend UK-wide fun-filled wild festival celebrates nature 16th – 17th June Experience the magic of sitting in your own bird’s nest, take an exhilarating all-night moonlit ramble, hunt for glow worms, build dens or join a seashore safari! Wildlife Trusts across the UK are offering around …

Midlands Connect UK unveils bold 20-year vision to relieve congestion on the region’s motorways

Midlands Connect UK unveils bold 20-year vision to relieve congestion on the region’s motorways A bold, long-term vision to significantly reduce congestion on the Midlands’ motorways has been unveiled by Midlands Connect, the pan-regional transport partnership, with ten recommendations to improve the ‘Midlands Motorway Hub’ and get the country moving faster. In total, the ‘Midlands …

New Holland appointed official partner to the Goodwood Estate

New Holland appointed official partner to the Goodwood Estate New Holland Agriculture, as part of the CNH Industrial group, is an Official Partner to the Goodwood Estate, the unique sporting estate in West Sussex. Home to the Dukes of Richmond since the 1690s, and centered around one of the UK’s finest Jacobean Grade I Listed …

Network Rail Stations to get even greener for World Environment Day

Network Rail Stations to get even greener for World Environment Day Network Rail has announced plans to tackle three significant environmental issues in the country’s biggest and busiest rail stations to mark the UN’s World Environment Day and are part of Network Rail’s ongoing environmental efforts and its ambition to be a market leader in …

Wastemasters Hire opts for JCB Yellow with latest equipment procurement

Wastemasters Hire opts for JCB Yellow with latest equipment procurement A Coventry company has turned its waste and materials handling fleet completely JCB yellow with its latest order of four new machines. Wastemasters Hire’s latest purchase includes a 437 wheeled loading shovel, a 457 Wheeled loader, a 560-80WM Loadall and a JS20MH wheeled material handler. The …

Super sized milling and paving equipment speeding up resurfacing on the M62 in Yorkshire

Super sized milling and paving equipment speeding up resurfacing on the M62 in Yorkshire A new type of resurfacing machine the first of its kind on England’s motorways – has been used to considerably reduce the duration of a resurfacing scheme in West Yorkshire. A unique 3.8 metre drum fitted to a Wirtgen W 250i …

Smart Police speed and traffic enforcement coming to the UK

Smart Police speed and traffic enforcement coming to the UK A new-style Smart Police Camera will be on UK roads later this year. LASERcam 4, a mobile speed enforcement camera from Truvelo, will combine class-leading laser speedmeter capabilities with high quality video to address a series of driving and criminal offences, and will be one …

Hyundai delivers first HX130LCR Excavator in the UK

Hyundai delivers first HX130LCR Excavator in the UK Taylor and Braithwaite, European dealers for Hyundai Construction Equipment have delivered the first Hyundai HX130LCR excavator in the UK. Trevor Keys of Dumfries Plant Rentals Ltd in Scotland has received the first of six HX130LCR Excavators that they have purchased from Taylor and Braithwaite, adding more Hyundai …

European Commission Vice-President visits Talgo EIB-financed innovation project

European Commission Vice-President visits Talgo EIB-financed innovation project Valdis Dombrovskis, European Commission Vice-President for the Euro and Social Dialogue, today visited the innovative projects being developed at Spanish company Talgo’s Madrid plant with Investment Plan for Europe support from the European Investment Bank (EIB). Dombrovskis was joined by representatives from the EIB, which signed a …

Productivity records set at Ukrainian Port with the help of Volvo

Productivity records set at Ukrainian Port with the help of Volvo A fleet of Volvo L180 and L220 wheel loaders is helping TIS Group, Ukraine’s largest stevedore and port operator, set new standards for productivity. For Ukraine’s TIS Group, business is booming. Since its foundation in 1994, the company has grown to become the country’s …

Abergele in North Wales gets a £50m track upgrade

Abergele in North Wales gets a £50m track upgrade Network Rail engineers have completed track upgrade work in Abergele as part of the £50m North Wales railway upgrade project, providing a more reliable service for passengers. Kevin Roberts, senior project manager for Network Rail Wales and Borders, said: “We’re pleased to have completed the upgrade …

Scotlands William Hamilton and Sons kick-off with a Volvo loading shovel

Scotland’s William Hamilton and Sons kick-off with a Volvo loading shovel William Hamilton & Sons Ltd of Larkhall, South Lanarkshire, has taken delivery of a Volvo L150H loading shovel as it embarks on a new, long term contract, handling residual waste on behalf of South Lanarkshire Council and Viridor. The new 25-tonne loading shovel has …

Bulgarian quarry proves value of Hitachi construction machinery with increased efficiency

Bulgarian quarry proves value of Hitachi construction machinery with increased efficiency A Bulgarian quarry is continuing to run efficiently thanks to the addition of two Hitachi Construction Zaxis-6 excavators and ZW-6 wheel loaders to an expanding fleet of construction machinery. The father and son team at the Plovdiv-based Persenk Invest Ltd, Georgi and Ivan Georgiev, …

Britain’s great motorist rip-off

Britain’s great motorist rip-off Motorists provide the Treasury with over £50 billion every year in taxation yet only £2 billion of that is invested in maintaining the local road network. The impact of the lack of investment is a deteriorating road network that costs motorists a further £1.7 billion a year in repair bills due …

Bouygues UK to build Cardiff University’s Magnet for Innovation campus

Bouygues UK to build Cardiff University’s Magnet for Innovation campus Bouygues UK Limited, a leading construction company with a track record in urban regeneration, will develop a disused railway yard into a centrepiece for innovation. Cardiff Innovation Campus (CIC) will provide cutting-edge facilities that help researchers, students and industry work together to build enterprises that …

Balfour Beatty completes £63m Rossall Coastal Defence Scheme in UK

Balfour Beatty completes £63m Rossall Coastal Defence Scheme in UK Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, today announces that it has successfully completed the £63 million Rossall coastal defence scheme for Wyre Council in partnership with the Environment Agency. The scheme will protect the town’s tramway, hospital and schools whilst reducing flood risk to 7,500 …

The Volvo Ocean Race signals the start for electric articulated buses in Gothenburg

The Volvo Ocean Race signals the start for electric articulated buses in Gothenburg When Gothenburg, Sweden, welcomes the Volvo Ocean Race on June 14–21, the city will also welcome two concept all-electric articulated Volvo buses which will carry visitors between downtown Nordstan and the event venue in Frihamnen. From June 25 the new buses, which …

M56 Smart Motorway £67m contract awarded to Galliford Try

M56 Smart Motorway £67m contract awarded to Galliford Try Galliford Try has been awarded a £67m contract by Highways England to design and construct an M56 Smart Motorway scheme on the M56 between junctions 6 and 8 to the west of Manchester Airport. Works include upgrading pavements, barriers and drainage as well as installation of …

Dutch demolition experts AC Stolwerk Sloopwerken buy first Hitachi Premium Used Excavator

Dutch demolition experts AC Stolwerk Sloopwerken buy first Hitachi Premium Used Excavator AC Stolwerk Sloopwerken BV has purchased the first Hitachi Premium Used excavator to work on a wide range of projects in the vicinity of Breda, in the province of North Brabant, The Netherlands. The demolition and recycling firm, which also specialises in the …

Balfour Beatty awarded £43.5 m Beauly to Keith overhead line and cabling works

Balfour Beatty awarded £43.5 m Beauly to Keith overhead line and cabling works Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, has been awarded two contracts worth c. £43.5 million for the Beauly to Keith 132kV modernisation programme. Both contracts have been awarded by Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission plc, part of Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN), …

Timber rafting in northern Russia revitalised with modified Volvo Construction Equipment

Timber rafting in northern Russia revitalised with modified Volvo Construction Equipment The introduction of a modified Volvo EC250 crawler excavator and L120 wheel loader into Arkhsplav’s timber rafting operations has cut loading costs by five times while dramatically increasing productivity. 1,500km north-east of St. Petersburg, Russia’s Arkhangelsk region is characterised by vast coniferous forests of …

Hyundai machines rolling off at Tilbury Docks

Hyundai machines rolling off at Tilbury Docks Over 800 Hyundai construction machines came into the UK last year, including crawler excavators, wheeled excavators and wheeled loaders. The machines are all manufactured at Hyundai’s factory in South Korea – from here they begin their 5,676 mile journey (approx.) across the sea – from the South Korean …

Heathrow boosts international trade with new routes to Chinese cities

Heathrow boosts international trade with new routes to Chinese cities Heathrow today welcomed the arrival of two new direct routes to the Chinese cities: Wuhan and Sanya. Both destinations are a first for direct routes into Heathrow, the connection to Sanya is a first for Europe. These routes will allow for over 6,000 metric tonnes …

Lessons from Carillion might lead to retention reform in the UK construction industry

Lessons from Carillion might lead to retention reform in the UK construction industry The UK Construction (Retention Deposit Schemes) Bill 2017-19 (the “Aldous Bill”) was introduced as a Private Members’ Bill in January by Peter Aldous MP and is expected to have its second reading in June this year. The aim of the Aldous Bill …

Construction Advances in Scotland with Volvo Excavators

Construction Advances in Scotland with Volvo Excavators Blantyre based Advance Construction Scotland Ltd has purchased another package of Volvo excavators which are all incremental to the company’s already massive fleet of equipment with options for even more machines later this year. Having purchased their first Volvo compact excavators seven years ago, then again in 2012, …

Do not use the motorway hard shoulder as a naughty step

Do not use the motorway hard shoulder as a naughty step It’s a familiar scene for most parents driving on a motorway – children misbehaving. But the answer is not to do as one set of parents did and use the hard shoulder as a naughty step. The shocking action on the side of the …

European Investment Bank supports upgrade of energy and road infrastructure in Ukraine

European Investment Bank supports upgrade of energy and road infrastructure in Ukraine The European Investment Bank (EIB) is lending €136m to Ukraine’s National Power Company Ukrenergo in support of an extensive modernisation programme of its transmission infrastructure, helping to ensure that Ukrainian citizens and companies have a reliable source of electricity. The Ukrainian Government strongly supports …

Wider lanes for drivers on UK’s busy M60 ahead of May Bank Holiday weekend

Wider lanes for drivers on UK’s busy M60 ahead of May Bank Holiday weekend Drivers on the M60 will be able to benefit from wider lanes in time for the bank holiday weekend, helping to improve the flow of traffic on the second busiest motorway in England. Across the country, some 237 miles of roadworks …

Green light for research project with HGVs using overhead power lines on German roads

Green light for research project with HGVs using overhead power lines on German roads The German Federal Ministry for the Environment today gave the green light for a subsidised pilot project to conduct research and development on the electrification of long-haul HGV trucks. The electricity supply for the heavy goods vehicles is provided by means …

Ammann CBS 105 Elba concrete mixing plant heads to the Hauts-de-France region

Ammann CBS 105 Elba concrete mixing plant heads to the Hauts-de-France region GTP is an independent family company owned and managed by the Pruvo brothers at Cauchy-à-la-Tour near Béthune in the Hauts-de-France region. Housed in a former brickworks, the firm specialises in recycling various materials with a particular focus on road residues. With the aim …

Majority of UK drivers are concerned about Smart Motorway safety

Majority of UK drivers are concerned about Smart Motorway safety A SURVEY by road safety and breakdown organisation GEM Motoring Assist has shown that two thirds of motorists are concerned about safety on smart motorways. In the survey, which was completed during March 2018 by more than 2,500 people, the main concern (expressed by 51%) …

Record production and factory expansion marks HAMM’s 140th year

Record production and factory expansion marks HAMM’s 140th year HAMM, the oldest manufacturer of road building machines in the world, is celebrating the 140th anniversary of its foundation. Fittingly, the innovative company is maintaining a successful course with its modern compaction technology, as the latest production figures show. In 2017, for example, HAMM produced more …

Trio of Volvo A30G articulated haulers head for J C Balls and Sons in Derbyshire

Trio of Volvo A30G articulated haulers head for J C Balls and Sons in Derbyshire Celebrating 55 years of business, J C Balls & Sons Ltd of Ambergate, Derbyshire, has opted for three new Volvo A30G articulated haulers to supplement its plant fleet. The new arrivals are additions to J C Balls & Sons’ extensive …

Highways England Traffic Officer looks at avoiding Bank Holiday breakdowns

Highways England Traffic Officer looks at avoiding Bank Holiday breakdowns Highways England traffic officers work around the clock to help people who get into difficulty – and one has taken to YouTube to share her expertise as motorists set to travel for the late May bank holiday. In a series of videos, Siobhan Wares uses …

Midlands motorway network vital to UK economic growth

Midlands motorway network vital to UK economic growth Linking the north to the south and vice versa, the M5 provides a key arterial route to the south west for tourism and popular holiday destinations such as Cornwall. “In the context of the wider Midlands road infrastructure’s position in the national logistics network, both the M5, M6 …

Volvo Excavators and Haulers heading for Cornwall’s Champion Groundworks

Volvo Excavators and Haulers heading for Cornwall’s Champion Groundworks Champion Groundworks Ltd of Doublebois, Liskeard, in Cornwall continues its association with Volvo Construction Equipment products with the addition of the their third twenty-five tonne excavator in the guise of an EC250E, a pair of smaller EC140Es and two A30G articulated haulers with a third unit …

Green light for wildlife project which puts Cumbria’s Bees on the road to recovery

Green light for wildlife project which puts Cumbria’s Bees on the road to recovery A ground breaking new project to boost the number of bumblebees and other wild pollinators in Cumbria, has been awarded development funding by Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Highways England.  Cumbria Local Nature Partnership has received development funding of £87,100*, made …

GKD Technologies featuring the SensorSafe Rail Range at Rail Live

GKD Technologies featuring the SensorSafe Rail Range at Rail Live GKD Technologies design, develop and produce height, slew and load safety control systems for Road Rail vehicles (RRV’s) and general construction equipment such as excavators. The company will be exhibiting at the forthcoming Rail Live exhibition 20–21 June 2018, Quinton Rail Technology Centre, Warwickshire, showing …

UK’s biggest road upgrade first project to commit to Armed Forces Covenant

UK’s biggest road upgrade first project to commit to Armed Forces Covenant The A14 Integrated Delivery Team, which is delivering the UK’s biggest road project on behalf of Highways England, has pledged its commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant, making it the first construction project to become part of the scheme in its own right. …

EIB provides €150m for pan-European motorway through Bosnia and Herzegovina

EIB provides €150m for pan-European motorway through Bosnia and Herzegovina During an official visit by the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, to Bosnia and Herzegovina, the EIB today signed two loans totalling €150m for the construction of a motorway. The loans to the State of Bosnia and Herzegovina will finance two sections of …

PLANTWORX and RAILWORX on track for 2019

PLANTWORX and RAILWORX on track for 2019 The Construction Equipment Association (CEA) has confirmed the venue and dates for their 4th PLANTWORX trade show, which will incorporate the brand new RAILWORX exhibition. The events will run alongside each other and will be held at the East of England Arena and Events Centre, Peterborough, on 11th, …

High-tech headgear helps promote safer driving

High-tech headgear helps promote safer driving Highways England is using virtual reality to reduce the risk of commercial vehicle drivers being involved in incidents as they travel up and down the country. The Government company, responsible for the country’s motorways and major A roads, has developed a free app to raise drivers’ awareness of their blind …

New bridge takes shape at Thorpe Park, Leeds

New bridge takes shape at Thorpe Park, Leeds A  road over rail bridge in Leeds under construction by Galliford Try is rapidly taking shape. Located at Thorpe Park just off the M1, the bridge is a single 28m clear span structure over the Leeds to Hull railway line. The design is future proofed to account for …

Shipping company Scotline gets a lift with 20 new Hyundai Forklifts

Shipping company Scotline gets a lift with 20 new Hyundai Forklifts Shipping company Scotline, located in the south east of England, came from humble beginnings, where the business started by carrying one-off forest product parcels with its first cargo being logs, from Inverness to Varberg back in 1979. Today, the business is thriving and is …

Network Rail appeals to young people across Britain to take their safety seriously

Network Rail appeals to young people across Britain to take their safety seriously New research from Network Rail reveals only 36% of 18 to 24 year olds believe going on the railway track is extremely dangerous, resulting in young adults risking their lives crossing the railway. Almost 22% of 18 to 24 year olds admit …