Historic Military Bridge Removed from Site for Museum Display

Published 2 January 2018 | No comments
Written by Andrew Sharp
CategoriesCommunity liaison Corporate Social Responsibility action plan Legacy Public
In December 2017, we completed work to remove a Mark 1 ‘Inglis Bridge’ from the side of the M180 near Scunthorpe, believed to be the only one of its kind in the world. The ‘Inglis Bridge’ was designed by Charles Inglis during World War 1 and came into active service in 1916. The bridge was the first multi-use, component built...

Renovating Safety Barrier Beams for Reuse

Published 18 December 2017 | No comments
Written by Andrew Sharp
CategoriesRe-use Recycle Sustainable solutions
We aim to develop products and techniques which not only increase cost savings, but that benefit the environment, working towards reducing our carbon footprint and providing more sustainable delivery. Safety barriers are damaged all over the road network every day as a result of road traffic collisions, and need to be repaired. In partnership with our supply chain, we developed...

Fuel resistant material in laybys

Published 18 December 2017 | No comments
Written by Andrew Sharp
CategoriesReduce Travel plans
On the A64 dual carriageway around the southern side of York, there are a number of laybys for use by road users. By the location and nature of use, the surfacing material in laybys can suffer early deterioration through oil spills from heavy vehicles, deformation from concentrated use by heavy vehicles, and turning stresses as heavy vehicles look to rejoin...

EVRA Booklet: Point of Work Risk Assessment

Published 18 December 2017 | No comments
Written by Andrew Sharp
CategoriesTraining Workforce information
Recognising the dynamic and changing risk environment in working on long linear lengths of motorways and high speed dual carriageways, we have developed a small handy A6 sized pocket booklet to allow and encourage ‘at point of work’ risk assessments. This allows our workforce, who have already been inducted into the generic site risks, to also consider and record risk...

Passive Sign Posts Reduce Risk of Serious Injury

Published 14 December 2017 | No comments
Written by Andrew Sharp
CategoriesBoundary security Roads Traffic management
Despite best efforts to improve road safety through engineering, education and enforcement measures, road crashes, by their random and multi-causal nature, continue to happen at an unacceptable rate. According to the IAM Motoring Trust, nearly a fifth of all those killed in the UK each year are involved in a collision with a roadside feature. We specify the use of...

Verge Hardening Reduces Maintenance Burden

Published 11 December 2017 | No comments
Written by Andrew Sharp
CategoriesRoads Traffic management
The A64 Whitwell dual carriageway trunk road suffers from sub-standard horizontal and vertical geometry, leading to increased maintenance such as grass cutting being required each year, some years more than others depending on weather patterns. With designing for maintenance principles in mind, we developed a permeable verge hardening solution which removed the grass and topsoil from visibility splays and replaced...

Non Conducting Material Levelling Staffs

Published 11 December 2017 | No comments
Written by Andrew Sharp
CategoriesWorking methods
We understand the risks associated with working under or near overhead electric power lines. While the risk of this is often well controlled whilst major construction works are ongoing through signs and goalposts for example, we were keen to reduce the associated risk with other less intense and often transient work such as surveying ahead of construction works. We therefore...

Professional Radio Infomercials Highlight Road Worker Safety

Published 29 November 2017 | No comments
Written by Andrew Sharp
CategoriesAttitudes Radio Traffic management
Recognising that many of our customers are road users who make their living from travelling around and through our roadworks sites, we embraced different ways to communicate with our customers around the area of road safety, as they can often be hard to communicate with in a direct manner. The project commissioned a series of six professional quality, 30 second...

Customer Dashboard Turns Data to Intelligence for our Workers

Published 29 November 2017 | No comments
Written by Andrew Sharp
CategoriesClients Feedback/questionnaires Regular review
In a data rich world, we understand the importance of turning data into intelligence so that our teams can make sense of the data and adapt customer facing initiatives on site to address the need. So we decided to analyse our customer feedback data in a number of different ways so that our project and site managers could more easily...

Recycling Road Material in Situ

Published 21 November 2017 | No comments
Written by Andrew Sharp
CategoriesEfficient energy use Efficient fuel use
In our designs for maintenance work on the motorway and trunk road network, we are always looking at solutions to reduce the impact of our work and improve the image of construction. In the summer of 2017, we carried out major resurfacing of the A64 near York. Part of the pavement solution design included the specification of ‘repave’, a hot...

Managed Staff Recognition at Awards Ceremonies

Published 21 November 2017 | No comments
Written by Andrew Sharp
CategoriesRecognition Reward
We know the importance of valuing our workforce and are always looking for ways to recognise and reward staff for good performance, going above and beyond what their job role requires or helping and inspiring colleagues to reach their potential. This aligns with our business value of ‘developing, valuing and respecting our people’ and ‘enjoying what we do’. One way...

Helping New Starters Integrate into the Business

Published 21 November 2017 | No comments
Written by Andrew Sharp
CategoriesInclusion Open door policy
We realise how daunting it can be to be a new starter within an established business or team. So we decided to put a new initiative in place to help new staff embed quickly into the business. We ask each new starter to prepare a short biography about themselves in their first week. This might include what their professional experience...

Using Walking Floor Deliveries to Site

Published 21 November 2017 | No comments
Written by Andrew Sharp
CategoriesEfficient fuel use Working methods
On a recent scheme we worked with our supply chain to make wider use of ‘walking floor trailers’ instead of traditional rigid tipper trucks, for the delivery of materials to site improving safety for the workforce. The project work is carried out generally under overnight closures on the motorway and trunk road network when traffic flows are lower. This includes...

Adapted Collaborative Programme Planning and Visual Management

Published 24 October 2017 | No comments
Written by Andrew Sharp
CategoriesClients Consultants Management review Meeting agenda Workforce
As an expression of the value we place in our workforce, we engaged with the client and an external lean consultant to upskill our workforce in the science of lean production management. This included the development of bespoke visual management solutions which had previously been used on major construction projects, but never to manage a portfolio of 400 maintenance projects...

Sharing our Work using Interesting Facts

Published 17 August 2017 | No comments
Written by Andrew Sharp
CategoriesClients Consultants Legacy Social media Updates
We have recently trail-blazed a new way of communicating with customers when we’ve finished a scheme. Our Customer Hub draws together Highways England, A-one+ and Transport Focus to provide a customer focus across the services we deliver. One opportunity we identified was to better share with our customers when we’ve completed a scheme. With 81% of our highway maintenance work...