DfT research on motorcyclists
Check out the DfT research on motorcyclists' motivations and attitudes (TRL Report PPR 442)
Electric scooters take over in Guillin in China.
Guidance from CSS (23 November 2009).
DfT shared space
Favourable Stage 1 appraisal.
EuroRAP calls for rethink on rural A-road speed limits and will publish its 2009 star rating of HA's trunk roads in December.
Ideas for reactive repairs, patching and procurement from the Midlands Highways Alliance.
Streetworks qualifications upgraded in April 2010
From 6 April 2010, operatives and five years only within a window of six months before and six months after expiry.
From 6 April 2011, everyone will need a complete reassessment using a knowledge test before renewal of registration.
Telephone SWQR to check someone's regsitration: 0845 2702720
EC UK now just Engineering Council
etb now Engineering UK
Institute of Highway Engineers now launched.
Full members briefing to go out in January 2010. Contact us. New URL and emails from 2 December.
LED Street Lights
LED street lights video compares traditional and LED lighting on same street.
HA publication on 'Disability: Accessibility of the Strategic Road Network'
LTP3 workshop from Living Streets.
Rural Report Safety (PPR200)
TRL report on Rural Report Safety (PR200) on non-trunk roads.
views from TMS safety auditors.
Allows the use of shared space in cul-de-sacs serving up to 10 dwellings (down from 25) and proposes 'safe routes' through all larger shared space-type schemes. (LTT 527, 29 August 2009)
Enablecom claims to offer GPS software to tell drivers when they are exceeding the speed limit. It is a subscription service.
DfT guidance note
The DfT guidance note on Street Works qualifications published. Re-registration involves retesting.
Motorcyclists as VRUs
Keep up to date with new research on rider behaviour and interaction with car drivers, car drivers' skills and attitudes, norms of group riding, segmenting riders' attitudes to safety.
Two shared Intelligence events supported by DfT.
Planning for sustainable travel
Web-based CfIT guidance to help authorities to reduce the need for travel from new developments.
IHE Members Directory 2009
CDs with November Highways for members or view the E-Book here.
MfS vs DMRB
View the presentations from the IHE debate on 22 October in Leeds.
Becky Sprunt CEng
Becky is covering as Membership Manager whilst Michelle Maguire is on maternity leave.
Introducing - IHE
A reception to celebrate the new name will be held on 10 December 2009 at Cheneygates, Westminster Abbey from 3.00pm - 4.30 pm, followed by Evensong in The Abbey Quire.
If you would like an invitation, contact us.
Read IHE's revised 2010 Professional Review procedures.
Look at the new Kingsbridg package for IHE members.
Withdrawn from 2011.
Flood risk Asset Tool Suite
Halcrow wants your help.
A National Assessment of Flood Risk from the Environment Agency.
The site shares best practice and offers FREE e-learning opportunities.
Winter Maintenance recommendations from UK Roads Board
The UK Roads Liaison Group review into the severe weather last February was published in August. .
- TSRGD 2010 ('Minor' updates)
- Revised Specification of Reinstatements
- Community Infrastructure Levy (DCLG)
Partnership, Innovation and Efficiencies
Free seminar on 29 October. Midlands Highway Alliance.
Published by CSS Wales.
Free trial of MAST for targeting road safety interventions.
UK Statistics Authority
slams DfT's Road Casualty Statistics (Assessment Report 4).
Road Safety updates here. Includes the current list of Registered Road Safety Auditors.
MfS vs DMRB - continue the debate
Tuesday 20 October 2009
Research on PTW rider
Research published understanding the recreational PTW rider.
Motorcycle in Business
Read the National Business Travel Network's endorsement.
Scotland SMA trials
Eight trial panels of SMA incorporated into the M8 in Scotland are being tested to see if they perform better than conventional SMAs. The trial panels are the German design and vary in mix: four are gritted, four are not. Transport Scotland will issue a new performance specification based on the triaL results.
Motorcylists and Bus lanes
Sheffield allows motorcycles in bus lanes.
New Course dates
New Dates for Urban Engineering / Public Realm course.
Advice on the new 14-19 Diplomas.
Air quality and carbon management training
A Report of the Equality and Human Rights Commission
The Report into Race Discrimination in the Construction Industry was published on 31 July 2009 at www.equalityhumanrights.com/constructioninquiry.
Amendments to the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2002
Contribute to DfT's consultation on TSRGD revisions.
DfT Carbon Reduction Strategy
Domestic transport CO2 emissions to reduce by 34%. Little new.
DfT Carbon Reduction Strategy
What's new in Signals?
Rural Streets and Lanes
Kent Downs AONB draft guide.
Guide for Oxfordshire new developments.
Final guidance published by DfT.
TfL's information packed site.
Highway Risk and Liability Claims
Download the UK Roads Board 2nd Edition.
a challenging Government report.
A Safer Way
DfT Good Practice
Good practice guidelines on Delivering Travel Plans.
Local Government Association
LGA probity guidance to Councils and Officers on dealing with planning matters.
Identifies demand and supply skills trends in highways.
Rough Roads Ahead
A USA report argues the case for highway maintenance.
On-line Sightline Calculator
Free from Stilwell Partnership.
New Asphalt Technology Diploma
The Diploma has been launched by Derby University.
Active Travel Workplace Toolkit
Toolkit can be found on Sustrans website.
Covers all A Roads.
Chapter 8 updates
A PDF with the key changes is at www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/roads/tss/tsmanual/keychanges.pdf
New Home Zone
New Home Zone in Merton, London.
Gerald Cole FIHE
Gerald receives IHE 2009 Award of Merit.
Edexcel is recruiting industry examines for 14-19 Diplomas.
Aberdeenshire Council training sheme approved.
Chris Bowley and John Nightingale CEng join Council.
Nominations by 17 July.
EngTech opens up to non-academic technicians.
Institute EGM votes to change name to Institute of Highway Engineers.
Young drivers at work
New test for Young drivers at work developed.
Designing in counter-terrorism methods.
Safer Places consultation ends 10 July.
PPS4 out for consultation
Guides to the benefits of ITS
Cycling Action Plan for Scotland (CAPS):
Consultation to May 2009.
Chapter 8 updated (April 2009)
Full revision and Red Book out autumn 2009 for consultation.
Partnership working in Road Safety
17 June, London
A Free DfT event.
Record your CPD online at CIC's new site: www.cpdevents.org.uk
Distributed with your June Highways.
New IHE web page on PI Insurance, redundancy, career breaks etc.
Professions dogged by lack of social mobility?
Read the Cabinet office report.
For new 3D interactive visualisation package.
Guidance from LTNs, TALs and CABE.
- Improving surface water drainage (including evolving SWMP guide)
- New LTNs on signalised roundabouts and pedestrian guard railing
- New TALs on Compact MOVA and integration of Pedestrian traffic signal control within SCOOT-UTC systems.
- www.leics.gov.uk/htd Leicestershire's local design guide has been adopted by Nottingham, Derbyshire and Leicester City
New consultations on surface water, IPC, Scottish planning and cycling policy and climate change.
Plus: '"(newWin)A Safer Way":http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/roadsafety/roadsafetyconsultation/' - road safety beyond 2010.
Techinical Report route
Technical Report route (TRR) opens up CEng and IEng to all. Find out more at the Preparing for your Professional Review course on 2 July 2009.
Free Professional Review
Free quick briefings for Wales and Scotland.
10.00am, 12 June, Edinburgh
4.00pm, 18 June, South Wales
Aspiring CEngs, IEngs and EngTechs are invited to a free two-hour regional briefings covering the basics of the professional review standards and procedures from the IHE Secretary. Your opportunity to find out how you can progress to EC registration.
Email IHE to book a place.
Brian Simmonnite HonFIHE
Brian died on 18 April 2009.
IHE-led project to develop benchmarks for Safety Inspector training and certification.
Local Government re-organisation?
Tell us your new email and employer details.
Highway maintenance training poorly structured and provided
Email IHE if you would like to be consulted on an IHE proposal.
DfT: Safer Roads
Click here to read the consultation.
Web Forums now open
Current topics are 106 Agreements, DfT signs review and MfS. Click here to join the discussions.
Reporting NI 168 and NI 169
DfT Guidance for reporting NI 168 and NI 169 in 2009.
In 2009, local highway authorities in England are required to use SCANNER accredited surveys and a UKPMS accredited pavement management system to produce their NI 168 and NI 169 reports. The guidance urges authorities to check that the survey data have been produced from a survey machine that was accredited at the time of the survey, and that the calculations of the NI 168 & NI 169 values were carried out using a properly accredited version of the pavement management system.
Ideally, local authorities should plan to have SCANNER surveys carried out at approximately the same time each year to minimise variations due to seasonal effects and the impact of the annual maintenance works programme.
IAN 106/08: Guidance Note for Traffic Consultants working on HA Schemes
As traffic flows on the HA and surrounding network increase, there is generally more congestion and the traffic modelling required is becoming more complex. In addition, the current DfT and HA guidance on transport modelling is currently spread amongst a number of sources (DfT's WebTAG, DMRB, CHE Memos and Interim Advice Notes (IANs)).
IAN 106/08 is in effect a checklist to aid in ensuring that all the relevant guidelines is followed and will be of interest to HA staff and their consultants who are, or will be, involved in producing traffic and economic appraisals for major highway schemes, particularly those over £5m in HA's Major Programme of Schemes.
IHE's Sustainability policy statement
Open for comment. E-mail IHE for a copy.
2009 AGM and dinner in Edinburgh
To be held on the 12th June 2009
Proposal to change IHE's name
IHE to IHE?
The Institute Council would like your views on whether to change the name of IHE.
Informal discussions have been held in some branches and the Branch Representatives meeting but Council is now formally consulting members and other interested parties prior to the AGM on the 12th June 2009.
Council's reasons for proposing the change are that the "Institute of Highway Engineers":
- Better reflects industry's understanding of who we are (and what we do)
- Is a more inclusive name, reflecting the full range of IHE's registerable grades and the growth of the Professional Certificate routes for an expanding range of specialist practitioners
- Repositions the Institute in light of the Engineering Council Incorporated Engineers' Review which kept the IEng title but has recommended it be reconsidered in 2010 if numbers do not increase
- Is more appealing to non-members working in the highways profession
- Is a modest change - simple dropping the word 'Incorporated'
A survey through the E-bulletin is running at 90% in favour.
To register your views go click here, you will need your membership number to take part.
Surface Water Management Plans
Draft guidance published for consultation by 30 June 2009
Passive Revolution guidelines for LA roads
Review the draft.
Essex Parking Standards
Engineering "Turning ideas into reality"
CSS recommends LAs implement Sector Schemes
A comprehensive guide to how sector schemes operate and what specifiers should do and with links to key contacts and documents.
For newcomers to construction. A free five day training programme. Contact reading more information
Engineers make it happen
IHE IEngs and EngTechs can access the Platinium or Gold cards as Transportation practitioners or assistants.
IHE Branch Events
Midlands, Southern and South Western have meetings planned. Click on their web pages.
IHE Founder dies
Calling Road Safety Auditors
Intelligent Speed Adaption (ISA)
CfIT research on the voluntary introduction of ISA (Intelligent Speed Adaption).
Motorcyclists on Bus Lanes
Motorcyclists to access TfL's London bus Lanes for an 18 month trial.
Road Safety beyond 2010
Road Safety beyond 2010 - ending the scandal of complacency: Read the Government's response to The Transport Committee's 2008 Report.
Call or e-mail if you would like IHE to visit your oganisation or come to the Affiliates' meeting on Thurdsday 12 February 2009 in London WC1.
How to get durable surfaces course
Jeff Farrington's courses of How to get durable surfaces have been a sell out. A third is planned. E-mail if you are interested.
IHE Council Nominations
Council nominations sought for 2009/10.
HRH Princess Anne
Princess Anne greets the four civils women presidents.
Honorary Fellowship for Brian Simmonite
IHE awards Honorary Fellowship to Brian Simmonite. Read his profile.
IHE MfS vs DMRB
The debate was a great success. View the presentations.
Great roads Great rides 2
HA's motorcycle DVD identifies dangers and builds skill in reading the road effectively.
50 years of UK Motorways
Read the Minister's speech.
TfL's Model Auditing Process
MAP applies to all traffic modelling for TfL schemes and can be accessed on www.london-streetworks.net - you need to register.
Scottish Strategic Transport Review
Sets out the future investment programme for Scotland (10 December)
Barriers to Change
EuroRAP position paper on motorcycles, crash barriers and the load environment.
Transportation Support NVQ3
See the latest occupational standards for this NVQ which leads to EngTech.
New UK Engineering Fair
IHE is backing the etb's nationwide engineering fair for young people and their parents. 4-6 March 2009 in London SW1.
Promoting EC registration
Check out the new promotion campaign - www.TheNextStep.org.uk. Tell your friends