ALARM 2021: Slow progress as industry bangs the five year drum

The estimated one-time cost to get local roads in England and Wales back into a ‘reasonable, steady state’ is £10.24bn, according to this year’s ALARM survey – the popular benchmark for the upkeep of council networks.

  • In Memoriam: Steve Berry OBE

    It is with enormous sadness that Transport Network reports on the death of our friend Steve Berry OBE, head of highways maintenance, innovation, resilience, light rail and cableways at the Department for Transport.

  • Traffic signals could use AI to make crossings easier

    Smart traffic lights using wide-angle cameras and artificial intelligence (AI) are set to be trialled on local networks to help regulate crossing times for vulnerable pedestrians.

  • Ministers play catch up on cycling and walking aims

    The Government is to draw up a second Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy, having already fallen behind on the prime minister’s pledge of £2bn central government funding during the current Parliament.

  • Shapps asks for recount on smart motorway report

    Transport secretary Grant Shapps has said he intends to delay publishing a progress report on smart motorway safety until ‘the summer’, despite recently telling MPs that he would ‘come back to this House and report on it very quickly’.

  • £12m more for Welsh roads as election nears

    The Welsh Government has announced an extra £12m for local authorities to 'fix potholes and improve roads, pavements and active travel routes' across the country.

  • Shapps cancels Oxford to Cambridge expressway

    Transport secretary Grant Shapps has announced the cancellation of the Oxford-Cambridge expressway after Department for Transport analysis suggested it was not cost-effective.

  • Uber 'does the right thing' over drivers' status

    Uber’s announcement that it will now treat all of its 70,000 UK drivers as workers, with ‘at least’ the minimum wage and holiday and pension rights has been hailed as the 'end of the road for bogus self-employment’.

  • Council votes against reinstating Kensington cycle lane

    Kensington and Chelsea Council has voted to not re-install the Kensington High Street temporary cycle lane scheme, which caused controversy last year after being introduced in October only to be abandoned seven weeks later.




  • A clear vision on road safety

    Transport Network speaks to Christina Calderato, head of transport planning at Transport for London, about where its recently launched Direct Vision Standard and permit scheme for HGVs fits in with its wider efforts to make the capital’s streets safer.

  • In the first of a series of case studies, Transport Network looks at Suffolk County Council’s Live Labs project, which has used sensor technology in a quest to develop new SMART approaches across communications, materials, energy and mobility.