Road marking robot used to speed up A14 upgrades

A specialist robot has been used to paint the white lines on the newest stretch of the A14 in Cambridgeshire.

The machine uses positioning technology to dictate where road markings should be put done, replacing a job previously done manually.

Highways England say it saves time and is also safer for their workers.

“We’re always looking at innovative new ways of working, which can help road users, and make our projects more efficient while supporting improved engineering. "With safety our top priority, the time savings the robot can provide, coupled with removing our operatives from a potentially hazardous situation, make it a great solution."

Julian Lamb, construction director on the A14 Cambridge-Huntingdon upgrade
The state-of-the-art robot in action on the A14 Credit: Highways England

Two thirds of the A14 project is now complete, following the opening of the 12-mile Huntingdon bypass in December 2019.

The final stretch, between Swavesey and Milton, is expected to open in December 2020.