• DfT's head of local roads gives keynote at HAUC convention


    The Department for Transport’s (DfT) head of local roads, Steve Berry OBE, will be delivering the keynote address for the Highway Authorities and Utilities Committee (HAUC (UK)) national convention.

    Mr Berry has won praise throughout the highways sector for his work in the aftermath of last winter's floods and in helping drive improvements through schemes such as the highways self-assessment process.

    The HAUC (UK) convention will take place on the 21 March at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, Wales, venue for the 2010 Ryder Cup.

    This year's convention will also address a potential new street works landscape under DfT plans to introduce a more data-led approach.

    A presentation from the DfT will look at how the Street Manager project might improve the way that data is collected and shared to co-ordinate activities on the highway more effectively.

    The DfT is working with sector experts and others to assess current working practices and user needs, and look at how to make the most of the latest available technology.

    The convention will also focus on key issues in the sector including innovation, the skills gap, and coordinating major projects.   

    HAUC (UK) covers England and all the devolved nations and was established in 1986 by the constituent bodies of the local highway authorities and the utilities to assist the Government in arriving at proposals for new street works legislation.

    It played a significant role in the drawing up of the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 (NRSWA), its subsidiary legislation and associated Codes of Practice.

    For more information on the HAUC (UK) convention and to book your place click here.


    Channel: Highways


  • Office of Rail and Road names chief exec


    Joanna Whittington has been appointed chief executive officer at the Office of Rail and Road (ORR), effective immediately.


    Mr Whittington has acted as interim CEO since January 2016 and had previously been ORR’s director of railway markets and economics, as well as a member of the ORR Board.

    ORR chair, Stephen Glaister said: 'The Board very much looks forward to continuing to work with Joanna. She is an outstanding leader, with a strong track record of disciplined execution.

    'Her deep knowledge of regulation and her experience of the transport industry make her an excellent choice, as ORR progresses the next cycles of regulation and oversight of the rail (PR18) and strategic road (RIS2) industries.'

    Joanna Whittington said: 'ORR’s responsibilities are wide ranging, seeking improvements in safety, value and performance. I am proud to be leading an organisation in which I know everyone also shares my determination to protect the interests of rail and road users, now and in the future.'


    Channel: Infrastructure


  • New dealer announced for iconic Unimog series


    Mercedes-Benz has appointed a new franchised dealer in the UK for its Unimog series - dubbed the swiss army knife on wheels.

    Lloyd Ltd is a sales and service specialists in a range of areas including agriculture, groundcare, construction and materials handling.

    With branches across the north of England and south of Scotland – in Alnwick, Bishop Auckland, Carlisle, Dumfries, Kelso, Newcastle Upon Tyne, and Penrith – Lloyd Ltd supports the company's strategy to raise the profile of the Unimog in Britain.


    Bernhard Dolinek, head of special trucks – Unimog at Mercedes-Benz Trucks UK, said: 'Lloyd Ltd is a very experienced company, with a long track-record of success in the automotive sector and its own finance department and marketing team. The business already has excellent exposure to the Unimog’s relevant sectors and is perfectly placed to meet the most exacting customer requirements.'

    Managing director Barry Lloyd said: 'We are extremely proud and very excited to be representing the iconic Mercedes-Benz Unimog and we look forward to growing the brand alongside our other market-leading products.

    'The Unimog will form an excellent fit with the sectors in which we operate, and will meet the requirements of many of our customers. From mountain rescue to farming, road-building to snow-clearing, Unimog’s capabilities are second to none and we are sure that anyone who sees our demonstration vehicle in action will be impressed.'

    The Mercedes-Benz Unimog range comprises two core variants: an implement carrier with front, side and rear attachment points, and a base truck for a range of other bodies.

    Gross weights vary from 7.5 to 16 tonnes, and engine outputs from 156 hp to 300 hp, while there are two standard cab designs for implement carrier and truck versions, as well as a crew cab option.


    Channel: Highways


  • Galliford Try in line for £132m Wolves interchange


    Wolverhampton Interchange Partnership has named Galliford Try as the preferred contractor to deliver a new £132m city railway station.

    The construction company is also helping build the Forth Road Bridge replacement crossing – the biggest infrastructure project in Scotland.

    The new station is expected to be completed by early 2019 and has recently seen enabling works start on a Metro line extension, which will include a new stop at the station.

    Artist's impression of the new station

    Plans include an enhanced Birmingham New Street-style ticket office, larger passenger concourse and improved retail and café facilities.

    City of Wolverhampton Council cabinet member for city economy, Cllr John Reynolds, said: '2017 is set to be a big year for the Interchange project. Enabling works are starting on the railway station building and the people of Wolverhampton can look forward to seeing the emergence of a station befitting of their city.

    'There is £3.7 bn of investment currently on site or in the pipeline across Wolverhampton. As part of this regeneration it is crucial visitors to our city get the best first impression possible and their travel experience is enhanced - this new state-of-the-art station will deliver that.'

    Simon Courtney, area director of Galliford Try, said: 'We are delighted to have been selected as preferred contractor on this significant regeneration project for Wolverhampton. We look forward to successfully working with our client and wider stakeholders to provide the local community with an enhanced new station and improved facilities.'

    Plans to demolish the existing station building and replace it with a new one were approved in November.


    Channel: Infrastructure


  • CH2M director made new chief executive for HS2 Ltd


    After a five month global search, Mark Thurston has been appointed as the new chief executive for HS2 Ltd.

    Currently the regional managing director overseeing CH2M’s European operations, Mr Thurston began his career in rail more than 30 years ago as an apprentice with Transport for London (TfL).

    He has taken up roles with The Nichols Group, Metronet, and since 2008 with CH2M, where he worked on the London 2012 Olympics and Crossrail.

    He will start with HS2 in the spring, once he has transitioned his leadership responsibilities at CH2M.

    Mark Thurston

    Chairman of HS2, David Higgins, said: 'Mark not only knows the UK rail industry from the bottom up, but has worked for organisations operating at the highest level globally. His grasp of how to manage the transition from page to reality makes him not only the right person to take over at HS2 as we are on the verge of Royal Assent, but also to see it through the years leading up to the first train being commissioned.

    'The challenge is huge in terms of the task and timescale, but the Board believes Mark has the knowledge, experience and leadership qualities to deliver the project within the budget we have been given and to do so in a way that recognises our responsibility both to Parliament and the communities in which we will be operating.'

    Mr Thurston said: 'HS2 is arguably the most important investment in infrastructure in the UK for a generation, which will serve businesses and communities across much of the country. I am looking forward to leading the HS2 team and its partners to deliver a railway that will transform connectivity between our major cities and regions.'


    Channel: Transportation