A project by Ringway and Ringway Jacobs, working with Hertfordshire and Essex County Councils respectively, and Elgin has won the prestigious Highways Award for Best Use of New Technology in the Highways Industry at a ceremony of nearly 500 industry professionals in London.
The solution uses real-time information sent straight to Sat Navs to ensure drivers are automatically routed around roadworks, helping traffic flow and journey time reliability from the outset by diverting the driver but also removes the conflict point between driver and worker at works sites.
Its benefits also include a real-time network monitoring and live delay interrogation linked to cause, use of floating vehicle data that requires no fixed infrastructure leading to important saving and UK-wide scalability.
The judges of the imperial-sponsored award said, “This innovative traffic information system, makes a step change in the planning, monitoring and communications of roadworks and incidents by directly linking traffic management operations with Sat-nav devices in real-time allowing minimal disruption.”
Adrian Tatum, Director of Events for the Highways Awards added, “This year, for each Highways Award winner, we received at least 15 other impressive entries bursting with innovation. This reflects a phenomenal period of an industry always seeking new and better ways to make the UK’s road network safer, greener, and better-maintained. There are also clear benefits of public sector funding and private sector innovation coming together. Congratulations to all this year’s winners and our thanks to the sponsors of these coveted awards.”
The Highways Awards are independently judged by a panel of representatives from across the UK, including the Department for Transport, Transport Scotland, the Welsh Government, Transport NI Eastern Division, Highways England, ADEPT, the Road Safety Foundation and the Institute of Highway Engineers. They were hosted this year by TV and radio personality Colin Murray (pictured with the winners and sponsor).
The Official Charity Partner for the gala evening dinner was construction industry charity, the Lighthouse Club, and donations raised during the evening received by the charity’s Chief Executive, Bill Hill.
The technology award was one of 13 delivered this year, plus the Lifetime Achievement Award to Dave Wright, formerly of Kier. The other winners were:
Most Innovative Highway Authority Scheme of the Year
Welsh Government, the North and Mid Wales Trunk Road Agent (NMWTRA), and WSP
Judges’ Comment: The winning entry is a good example of collaboration across a wide range of organisations alongside the work on this project towards ‘future proofing’ for the next phases in years to come.
Site Safety Initiative
Kier Highways Ltd
Judges’ Comment: Kier Highways have sensitively dealt with an increasingly important health and safety issue, in a way that delivers a very honest approach to a very timely topic.
Road Safety Scheme of the Year
Amey, Transport Scotland, Clearview Intelligence
Judges’ Comment: The success of this scheme was underpinned by collaborative working that involved designers, contractors and the main stakeholders which included Transport Scotland, Scottish Boarders Council, NHS Boarders, The Scottish Ambulance Service and Police Scotland.
Environmental Sustainability in the Highways Sector
Kier Highways Ltd
Judges’ Comment: We were impressed with this innovative wildlife habitat connectivity scheme which has broken down barriers caused by differing transport corridors on the strategic road network.
Road Marking Project of the Year
Judges’ Comment: Despite all entries being of high quality this year, the winning project demonstrated in-depth research to ensure a consistently high level of performance of both road markings and studs, especially in poor weather conditions.
Amey, Department for Infrastructure
Judges’ Comment: Drawing on best practice from around the world, this project has successfully linked three areas of the city with the city centre providing people with better access to jobs, hospitals, shops, education and entertainment.
Highway Industry Product of the Year
Judges’ Comment: Roadworks A Customer View (RACV) toolkit brings together a number of customer focused initiatives that have been deployed during various projects and schemes on the network already demonstrating proven tangible results since its launch.
Team of the Year
A-One+, Highways England
Judges’ Comment: This project, involving A one + and Highways England, is a good example of a real team approach to an extremely challenging project in a difficult area to work.
Highways England : East Midlands Asset Delivery (Area 7), Amey, Kier, Carnell, nmcn, Interserve, Jointline, Ground Control, Eurovia, Forkers, Balvac, WJ Lining, Wilson and Scott, Volker Laser, Aspin, McCann, Chevron, H W Martin TM, Roocroft, H W Martin Fencing, Tarmac, Hanson, Taziker
Judges’ Comment: This project, delivered by the EMAD Community which includes Highways England and 22 other partners, is an excellent example of embracing the new asset delivery type contract and at the same time using customers’ feedback in a positive way.
Highways Maintenance Efficiency
London Borough of Croydon, Thames Water, SGN, Atkins/Fluxx
Judges’ Comment: Collaborative working in this project over three original highway and utility schemes ensured work was completed in one phases, sharing traffic management and improved working techniques contributed to a saving of 98 days of road disruption.
Apprentice of the Year
Peter Lees, BMV JV
Judges’ Comment: Peter Lees has proven to be an inspirational role model for other apprentices and a real advocate for anyone, at any age who wants to change the direction of their careers in the sector.
Judges’ Special Merit Award
Highways England: East Midlands Asset Delivery (Area 7), Amey, Kier, Carnell, nmcn, Interserve, Jointline, Ground Control, Eurovia, Forkers, Balvac, WJ Lining, Wilson and Scott, Volker Laser, Aspin, McCann, Chevron, H W Martin TM, Roocroft, H W Martin Fencing, Tarmac, Hanson, Taziker
Project: Highways England: East Midlands Asset Delivery (Area 7)
Judges’ Comment: The East Midlands Asset Delivery contract is the first of the new style Highways England contracts to be implemented in the UK. Comprising 22 different organisations, the project has clearly demonstrated vast improvements in collaborative working.