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.”
A new multi-million pound road scheme for Maidstone town centre has come into force. Major improvement works have been taking place since the summer to deal with gridlock on the town's gyratory system. This report by Tom Savvides includes reaction from the leader of Maidstone Council, councillor Fran Wilson.
A hard-hitting new project has been launched in Kent - to warn young drivers about the dangers of the road.
It's a necessary message. One in four drivers aged between 18 and 24 crash in the first two years.
Sarah Saunders reports on the country's first Road Safety Experience.
SIxteen million pounds is being spent by Buckinghamshire County Council to improve and maintain around 200 roads and pavements. The work will involve fully resurfacing more than 30 badly damaged roads in the county.
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.
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'.
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.
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.
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.
A record £6 billion will be spent on potholes and road improvements between 2015 and 2021, the Transport Secretary has announced.Read the full story ›