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County trials 'smart' approach to salting roads in winter

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Highways teams in Hampshire are trialling a new method to help them pinpoint more precisely when and where roads need salting.

The ‘Smart Winter’ pilot uses a detailed network of weather sensors to tackle icy conditions.

We’re always looking at how technology and innovation can help us look after Hampshire’s road network as efficiently and effectively as possible.

Deciding when to send out the salting lorries is crucial to make sure the roads are treated at the right times while not wasting any salt. At the moment, we use a number of roadside sensors and localised weather forecasts to make these decisions. This new trial uses low cost devices that use infrared to read road surface temperature and then sends the data back using WiFi and the street lighting network. This means that winter teams can make even better informed decisions.”

– Councillor Rob Humby, Executive Member for Environment and Transport, Hampshire County Council

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Road to ruin? The soaring cost of mending potholes

The shocking state of the south east's roads, and the soaring cost of fixing them, has been revealed in a major new survey.

The detailed assessment, by the Asphalt Industry Alliance, says the cost of mending all the roads in our region would be £2.6 billion.

In Kent and East Sussex alone, the repair bill is nearly £300 million.

Potholes are the biggest problem, and there are warnings that public spending cuts mean the situation can only worsen.

Controversial road due to open despite fierce protests

The South East's most controversial road - the Hastings Bexhill Link Road - opens on Thursday.

The announcement came after three years of construction in the face of fierce protest and spiralling costs.

The Government says the £120m road will boost the coastal economy. Opponents say it's 'environmental vandalism'.

This report from Malcolm Shaw, who gave the new road a 'test drive'.

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Region's most controversial road will open on Thursday

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The South East's most controversial road - the Hastings Bexhill Link Road - opens tomorrow. The announcement came after three years of construction in the face of fierce protests and spiralling costs. The Government says the £121m road will boost the coastal economy, but opponents say it's 'environmental vandalism'. Protesters had tried to save historic woodlands in the Combe Haven Valley.

Will friendly road signs make drivers pay more attention?

The friendly face of the new road signs Credit: Highways England

Psychologists have come up with an idea to improve the experience for drivers in roadworks. New road signs are intended to attract attention and 'bring the information to life'.

Signs have been installed on A21 Ton­bridge to Pem­bury, a 2.5 mile stretch being upgraded to a dual car­riage­way.

In Cheshire, safety signs made by children of construction workers are thought to have led to lower speeds.

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Drivers complain after M25 improvement works

It was billed as a radical scheme that would transform a frequently gridlocked section of the M25 in Kent and Surrey. But less than a year after its construction the so-called 'smart' motorway is cracking up. Motoring experts say parts of the motorway between junctions 5 and 7 are a hazard to car drivers and truckers. That's after £129m was spent on improvement works. Tom Savvides reports.

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