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Treatment Matrix Guide Review
system  26. July 2013 at 13:01   more

Project Background


The Net­work Man­age­ment Solu­tions (NMS) Team is one of three teams mak­ing up the Net­work Oper­a­tions and Man­age­ment Pol­icy Group within the High­ways Agency’s Net­work Ser­vices Direc­torate. The NMS Team research, develop and deliver pol­icy, advice and tech­niques to improve the oper­a­tional per­for­mance of the strate­gic road network.




Project Objectives


Reduced salt spread rates were intro­duced in Jan­u­ary 2010, the main objec­tives of this project are to:

  • Deter­mine how Ser­vice Providers under­stand and use the cur­rent spread rates

  • Deter­mine the range of win­ter...
Automated cone laying trials
system  26. July 2013 at 13:01   more

Project Background


A number of possible designs of automated cone placement and retrieval systems have emerged through the traffic management industry, which the Agency would like to further evaluate and support. The Highways Agency now considers the technology in these systems to be sufficiently well developed to undertake a medium-scale evaluation programme




Project Objectives


The main objectives of the task are:  Undertake a medium-term (6 - 9 month) trial of automated cone placement and retrieval systems on the Agency's motorway and trunk road network; Support the Agency's supply chain in delivering the trial and Monitor the trial and report the issues identified to the...
Daytime Conspicuity
system  26. July 2013 at 13:01   more

Project Background


The Highways Agency is committed to improving the safety of its workforce and continuously seeks to reduce their exposure to risk. A key part of this process is to improve the conspicuity of workers, i.e. the ability of approaching drivers to detect and identify the presence of a road worker. Ensuring that approaching drivers are able to observe the presence of road workers is a critical element for both road worker and road user safety. Consideration is being given to changing the colour of workwear by highway operatives. However, prior to any change in HA policy requirements it is essential to understand and assess the impact of any recommendations for change. It is vital that changes are not based...
Innovative Traffic Management Technique-Product Assessment
system  26. July 2013 at 13:01   more

Project Background


TRL are providing administrative and technical support to the Safer Temporary Traffic Management Operations Initiative (STTMOI) Trials 2 Team, assisting with the examination and testing of innovative / new techniques, procedures and equipment with the potential to improve safety in temporary traffic management operations.




Project Objectives


To assist with the testing and trialing of new and innovative techniques, procedures and equipment in temporary traffic management operations.




Project Summary


It is expected that the project will trial four major new pieces of equipment or procedures in year and report on the...
Stability of Emergency Traffic Management Signs
system  26. July 2013 at 13:01   more

Project Background


One of the tasks routinely undertaken by the Traffic Officer Service is deployment of emergency traffic management (ETM) at incident and accident scenes. This requires setting out cones and temporary directional signs to ensure the safety of road users, emergency services personnel and the Traffic Officers themselves. The current temporary signs used by the Traffic Officer Service are difficult to deploy, can cause injury when being put up and are easily blown over by the wind or vehicle turbulence.




Project Objectives


The stability problems with the signs reduces the effectiveness of the ETM as well as presenting a hazard to road users if the signs are blown...
Development of a Specification for a Portable Pedestrian Traffic Signal Controller
system  26. July 2013 at 13:01   more

Project Background


In October 2008 the EU Commission informed the UK that they considered the UK has failed to fulfil its obligations under Articles 28 and 30 of the EC Treaty by maintaining in place unjustified restrictions to the use of portable pedestrian traffic signals.

This follows an approach to the Commission by an economic operator complaining that the UK authorities' insistence that portable pedestrian signals are not suitable for use on UK national roads constituted a barrier to trade. The Commission have upheld the complaint and commenced Article 226 infraction proceedings requiring the UK to address this issue.

This is the second Article 226 Infraction letter issued on this subject...
Investigation into fatal accidents on the motorway and trunk road network
system  26. July 2013 at 13:01   more

Project Background


The Highways Agency is making good progress towards achieving the Governments casualty reduction target. The current target to be achieved by 2010, relative to the base average of 1994-98 is: Reduction of 33% killed and seriously injured; Reduction in rate of slight casualties by 10%; Contribution to a 50% reduction in child casualties. Although overall it is expected that these targets will be met it has been noticed that on motorways, until 2003 there was a rise in the number of fatalities. In 2004 the level decreased to just below the baseline figure, but in 2005, the fatalities increased to 18.5% from the baseline figure. When considering accident rates, the fatal accident rate on motorways in 2005 was...
Review of AMM68/06 - Lane Restrictions at Barrier Repairs
system  26. July 2013 at 13:01   more

Project Background


There had been a number of incidents on busy motorways where significant delays
to traffic had resulted from delays to repairs to central reserve barriers (due to lack of resource or availability of the barrier). The service providers' decisions, in each case, were that full lane 3 closure restrictions were necessary to protect a barrier that was not fully effective. The resulting loss of capacity and congestion was substantial at each site. There were a number of complaints. These cases called the adequacy of the dynamic risk assessment made at the time into question. A view was taken that action taken needed to reflect an appropriate balance of risks between protecting road users passing the...
State of the Network report 09/10
system  26. July 2013 at 13:01   more

Project Background


The Highways Agency has a PSA safety target to reduce the number of killed and seriously injured on the strategic core network by 33% or 2,244 by the end of 2010. This is a challenging target, one which the Agency is currently forecast to meet. Despite this there are still considerable challenges for the Agency to understand how we are meeting this target on a regional basis and for specific road user groups. This project takes forward previous state of the network reports which have started to identify the complex relationships between road user groups, types of accidents and the roads on which they occur.




Project Objectives


The objective of this project is...
Use of New Materials to Reduce Traffic Sign Lighting Requirements
system  26. July 2013 at 13:01   more

Project Background


This proposal for Task 632 (387) ATK "Use of New materials to Reduce Traffic Sign Lighting" is to identify sustainable solutions to minimise the energy used to directly illuminate traffic signs without impeding their performance or compromising road safety. Many of the signs prescribed in the Traffic Signs Regulations and general Directions are required to be illuminated for safety reasons. However, there have been significant advancements in traffic signs face material performance (microprismatic) as well as technological advancements in LED and electroluminescent materials. There is an increasing awareness of the need for sustainable solutions to technical issues within the Agency, combined with the need...
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