Up to 25% Discount on Design Pro products

Transoft Solutions has recently acquired UK based Design Pro Software. Both companies are pioneers in the transportation industry, delivering productivity enhancing CAD-based software solutions such as Sign Design Pro and Line Design Pro (Design Pro Software) and AutoTURN®, AviPLAN®, and TORUS Roundabouts® (Transoft Solutions).   The Design Pro team has become our UK regional office […]



AviPLAN 2.0 adds more functionality to the existing bundle of industry-leading aviation software, thereby enhancing productivity for airport planners and safety at the airside. The newest version of AviPLAN features 3D terrain capability, user-defined tracking points, new docking rules and more. Learn more about the newest AviPLAN release here.



The newest version of TORUS 5.1 Roundabout software has been released! TORUS 5.1 features new design guidelines, mini-roundabouts, and new features for roundabout grading. Learn more about the newest TORUS Roundabouts release here.


Innovative Scottish roundabout wins two more awards

All motorists hate heavy traffic, but there is one roundabout where all drivers should appreciate the award-winning project that helps avoid congestion. Sheriffhall roundabout is where the A7 and A720 Edinburgh bypass join on the southern outskirts of the scottish capital, and the roundabout is one of the busiest in Britain. With the A6106 also […]


Thinktank calls for better transport technology to clean London’s air

London mayor Sadiq Khan has been urged to adopt the latest transport technology as a means of ensuring London has a transport future based on sustainability and reduced pollution. The IPPR thinktank has argued the capital’s infrastructure is now at a crossroads between two possible futures, with one being that of integration, high technology and […]


Researchers turn to AI to beat traffic congestion

The issue of how to tackle traffic congestion is one that will be forefront in the thoughts of any transport planner in major cities around the world. As the number of vehicles on the roads grows, new solutions and technologies will be needed to ensure jams do not bring cities to a halt. One solution […]


Citizens still wary of driverless cars, survey shows

Driverless cars have been touted by many as the future of road transport, with the technology making huge leaps forward in the last few years. As a result, transport planners must now take the capability of autonomous vehicles into account when designing highways, particularly when it comes to questions about how the cars will understand […]


The changing dynamics of traffic: How driverless cars impact traffic planning

The coming years are set to see some of the biggest changes for decades in the automotive world, and this will undoubtedly have a knock-on effect on the traffic patterns that drivers and road planners have to cope with in the future. Countries around the world are trialling a wide range of new technology-driven projects […]


LA, Moscow named as world’s most congested cities

Los Angeles has topped the table in a new study of the world’s most congested cities, with drivers spending more than 100 peak hours a year stuck in traffic. This is according to a new study by Inrix, which also found Moscow was the second-most gridlocked urban area (91 peak hours spent in congestion) and […]


New report urges focus on driver behaviour as AV numbers grow

Although autonomous vehicles (AVs) technology is advancing rapidly, with companies around the world now trialling the technology in real-world conditions, it will still be decades before they completely replace human-controlled cars – if ever. Therefore, AVs will be sharing the roads with human drivers for many years to come. And a new report from the […]


Amazon patent aims to solve reversible lane AV challenges

A new patent granted to Amazon could help drive forward the adoption of autonomous vehicles (AVs) by making it easier for them to understand the challenges posed by reversible lanes. These road features allow traffic to move in either direction at certain times in order to ease traffic flow. However, they may pose particular problems […]


Manchester Metrolink upgrades move forward

Efforts to expand Manchester’s urban light rail system have moved forward in January, with work commencing on a new link for the tram network, while the opening of the Second City Crossing scheme also came a step closer. Ground was broken earlier in the month on the development of a new route that will connect […]


Pollution-linked speed limits under consideration for UK smart motorway

Speed limits that decrease at busy times are under consideration for one of the UK’s newest smart motorways as a means of tackling air pollution caused by vehicle emissions. If approved, it would see the speed limit on the M1 between junctions 32 and 35a around Sheffield reduced from 70mph to 60mph between the hours […]


London transport network facing “meltdown” without Crossrail 2

The mayor of London Sadiq Khan has warned the city’s transport infrastructure faces huge challenges in the coming years and will grind to a halt unless the government backs plans for a new cross-city rail line. Research conducted by Transport for London (TfL) suggests that without the proposed Crossrail 2 line to ease the strain, […]


Autonomous vehicles could increase congestion, report warns

The growth of autonomous cars around the world will lead to increased congestion and aggravate existing problems unless efforts are made to promote shared services and public transport options. This is according to a new report from the International Association of Public Transport (UITP), which warned of the risk of a “dystopian future” for urban […]


UK govt finalises plans for Stonehenge tunnel

The UK government has published plans for an overhaul of the A303 in the south-west of the country, which will include a 1.8 mile tunnel taking traffic underneath Stonehenge. The upgrades are part of a wider £2 billion investment in transport links in the region and aim to increase road capacity, reduce congestion and provide […]



The introduction of so-called ‘smart motorways’ in the UK has led to an increase in traffic offences as the new rules are said to have confused drivers. Figures obtained by BBC Radio 5 Live revealed that the number of people caught illegally using the hard shoulder increased from 859 in 2014-16 to 1,014 in 2015-16 […]


France unveils world’s first solar panel road

A village in northern France has become home to what is said to be the world’s first solar panel road, after a 1 km stretch of highway was opened earlier this month. The route, in the village of Tourouvre-au-Perche, is covered with 2,800 square metres of solar panels and will be trialled for two years […]



Intelligent vehicle technology providers HERE and Mobileye have announced plans for a strategic partnership that will see the companies pool their resources in order to develop better autonomous driving solutions for carmakers. The companies will be working on a range of initiatives designed to improve the amount of real-time, location-based data available to vehicles in […]



A multi-million pound project to improve transport links in northern England with the creation of a new link road connecting the M6 and the M56 has reached another significant milestone with the opening of remodelled slip roads. Work on the A556 Knutsford to Bowdon link road will see the creation of a new dual carriageway […]



A £39.1 million contract to construct a new junction on the M20 motorway near Ashford in Kent has been awarded to Vinci Construction, it has been confirmed by Highways England. The work will see the creation of a new junction 10a on the highway, located approximately 700 metres east of the existing junction 10. In […]



A leading road hauliers industry group in the UK has said it is pleased with how the government has responded to concerns it had raised about the rollout of so-called ‘smart motorways’ in the country. The Freight Transport Association (FTA) was one of a number of groups to highlight worries about such schemes in the […]


We’re growing…Again!

What do you do when you experience growing demand for products and support in a region? You find and assemble the best local talent who share your company’s values and you let them have at it of course!


UK set for major overhaul of railway management

The management and maintenance of the UK’s railway network is set for a major overhaul under plans outlined by the government that will remove many of the divisions between train and track operations. Transport secretary Chris Grayling explained he wants a system where each franchise is run by joint management teams, consisting of representatives from […]


Apple calls for more collaboration on driverless cars

The automotive industry needs to do more to share data on driverless cars in order to better understand how to improve the technology, Apple has stated. The US technology company has long been rumoured to be interested in developing its own autonomous vehicles, and offered its opinions on the sector in a letter sent to […]


Road congestion set to cost UK £62 billion in next decade

The impact on the UK’s economy as a result of time wasted sitting in traffic jams could reach nearly £62 billion over the next ten years, a new report has claimed. Research conducted by transport information firm Inrix revealed the UK is the worst country in Europe for traffic congestion, with more than 20,000 ‘hotspots’ […]


Cambridge to be home of UK’s first ‘Dutch-style’ roundabout

Cambridge’s Queen Edith’s Way is to become home to the first roundabout in the UK to use innovative designs pioneered by Dutch transport engineers to increase safety for pedestrians and cyclists. The design is expected to cost £450,000 as part of a wider £1.4 million investment in upgrading Queen Edith’s Way, Cambridge News reports, and […]


UK government injects millions into transport funding

The UK government has announced that hundreds of millions of pounds will be invested into the country’s transport infrastructure to help tackle congestion and support the development of new technology. This was among the spending plans outlined by chancellor of the exchequer Philip Hammond in his Autumn Statement address on November 23rd. He noted that […]

UN report highlights sustainable transport benefits

A new report from an expert UN panel has emphasised the importance of developing sustainable transport solutions, as these could save trillions of dollars as well as helping achieve Sustainable Development Goals. The study, titled Mobilizing Sustainable Transport for Development, was drafted by members of secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon’s High-Level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport and […]


Details of second phase of HS2 unveiled

The UK Department for Transport has unveiled its proposed routes for the second stage of the High Speed 2 (HS2) rail line, which will eventually link London with key cities in the north of England. Plans for the first phase of the development, which will take the line as far as Birmingham, have been in […]


Smart road infrastructure ‘vital’ to driverless future

Improving road infrastructure by adding smart communications technology will be essential if the driverless car revolution is to take off and play a key role in the future of the transport sector, researchers have stated. While many teams around the world are developing autonomous vehicle technologies, one area where progress will have to be made […]


Smart motorways helping to catch more speeding drivers

The introduction of smart motorways is helping police in the UK to catch an increasing number of speeding motorists, new figures show. Statistics obtained by the BBC’s The One Show reveal that over 1,000 speeding drivers are being caught every week thanks to the high-tech speed cameras attached to smart motorway signs, which give authorities […]


UK govt announces plans for more accessible vehicle charging points

Electric vehicle charging points will be made more easily accessible throughout the UK over the next few years, the country’s government has announced. Some 11,000 electric car charge points are already situated throughout Britain, but parliament wants to see this increase, particularly at workplaces and near people’s homes. With this in mind, the Department for […]


Smart motorway scheme aims to cut congestion

A pilot smart motorway scheme is set to be implemented on the M62 in north-west England in order to cut congestion and improve the efficiency of the highway. Highways England is set to invest £7 million into the trial, which will take place at the Croft Interchange, where junction 10 of the M62 connects with […]


New technology the key to zero road deaths goal

The US Department of Transport and the National Safety Council have joined forces to announce an ambitious plan to reduce the number of fatalities on the country’s highway network to zero within the next 30 years, with the introductions of new technologies and road designs key to this. The Road to Zero Coalition comes after […]

First commercial autonomous delivery a success

Transportation technology firm Otto and brewery Anheuser-Busch have hailed the world’s first commercial delivery carried out by a driverless vehicle on public highways as a success. The companies teamed up to deliver a truck fully loaded with Budweiser more than 120 miles across the US state of Colorado along the I-25 highway, from Anheuser-Busch’s plant […]


US govt awards $65m in transport technology grants

The US Department of Transport has awarded almost $65 million in grants to cities around the country for the development of new smart transport technologies. Projects funded by the initiatives, which are distributed via the Federal Highway Administration’s Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment (ATCMTD) programme and the Mobility on Demand (MOD) Sandbox programme […]


‘Strong case’ for £6bn highway project in north of England

There is a “strong strategic case” to be made for a proposed £6 billion new highway project in the north of England that would see one of the world’s longest tunnels built under the Pennines range, Highways England has said. Speaking on a panel at Construction News’ CN Summit 2016, north-west regional director at the […]


First UK driverless car trial hailed a success

The first trial of a driverless car on public roads in the UK has been hailed as a success after taking place around Milton Keynes. A team of developers from Transport Systems Catapult (TSC) and Oxford University ran the vehicle in full autonomous mode around the town’s railway station and business district, which is the […]

Green light given for £350m Manchester metro extension

Approval has been given for a scheme to expand Manchester’s Metrolink tram network with a new £350 million line that will extend the system to the Trafford Park area. The go-ahead was given after transport secretary Chris Grayling granted Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) legal powers to proceed with the 3.4-mile route. Construction could therefore […]


Plans for £70m M20 junction move forward

Proposals to build a new junction on the M20 at Ashford in Kent have moved a step closer to becoming reality after plans for the scheme were accepted by the Planning Inspectorate, with the project now moving to the consultation stage. The new junction 10a is set to be built just 700 metres east of […]

UK govt urged not to ignore smart motorway safety concerns

The UK government has been urged to pay closer attention to potential safety concerns that may impact on its plans to roll out more smart motorways throughout the country. MPs on the Commons Transport Select Committee warned earlier this year that plans to increase the number of motorways using ‘all-lane running’, where the hard shoulder […]


AA calls for more smart motorway refuges

A motoring organisation has called for road planners to include more emergency refuges on so-called ‘smart’ motorways, after it was found that many drivers are worried about the safety of such highways. Research conducted by the AA revealed eight out of ten motorists believe the introduction of this technology has made motorways more dangerous than […]

SNCF and DB to work together on railway digitisation

The state-owned rail companies of France and Germany, SNCF and Deutsche Bahn (DB), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will see them work together to support the development of new digital technology. The deal, agreed at the InnoTrans trade fair for transport technology in Berlin, will see the two companies pool their skills and […]


SA firm secures investment for transport API

A South African firm has secured investment of £1.165 million to proceed with the release of a new transit API that will offer developers and citizens in the country access to a huge wealth of information on the nation’s transport. WhereIsMyTransport’s API is the first resource in the country for collating and distributing formal and […]


Moscow circular rail line opens to passengers

A $2 billion rail project in Moscow has opened to passengers for the first time, with authorities in the city stating that the new line will help alleviate congestion problems on existing transport routes. The Moscow Central Ring consists of a 55km (33-mile) circle surrounding the city centre and opened to the public on Saturday […]

Updated signalling technology to boost LU lines by a third

New technology at Edgware Road station could see trains running as much as a third more frequently on the London Underground’s (LU’s) Circle Line. A 90-year-old signal cabin is being disconnected so that newer equipment can be installed to improve efficiency and safety for trains on the Circle, Hammersmith and City lines. According to London […]


Approval for M4 smart motorway scheme

A new M4 smart motorway scheme has been granted approval by the Department for Transport (DfT). A 32-mile stretch of the road, between junctions 3 (Hayes) and 12 (Theale), is set to be widened from three to four lanes, while variable speed limits will be put in place in a bid to better control traffic […]


Transport planners ‘not focusing on air pollution’

Transport planners in the UK have not been placing adequate focus on improving air pollution. This is according to new research from the University of the West of England (UWE) Bristol, which found the majority of improvements are focused on reducing the number of road accidents, despite the fact deaths linked to pollution are rising. […]

How can tech solve Manila’s traffic woes?

Technology could play a key role in helping the Filipino capital of Manila to ease some of the longstanding traffic problems that continue to cause significant issues in the city. A study from Waze last September cited Manila as being the single worst city in the world in terms of its traffic, with an average […]

Audi unveils cars that talk to traffic lights

German car manufacturer Audi is introducing new technology that allows its vehicles to communicate with traffic lights – a concept with the potential to ease traffic flow and improve driver behaviour in future. Select 2017 Q7 and A4 models built after June 1st 2016 are to be equipped with the V-to-I (vehicle-to-infrastructure) system, which works […]


Singapore to host world’s first self-driving taxi trial

Self-driving taxis are now being trialled in Singapore, representing the biggest competition to traditional taxis since the rapid rise of Uber in recent years. The company behind the innovative vehicles is nuTonomy, a developer of self-driving software, which has launched a trial of robo-taxis in Singapore’s one-north business district. Testing has been underway since April […]

UK govt highlights economic benefits of Oxford-Cambridge road link

The UK government has highlighted the potential economic benefits that would be associated with the construction of a new expressway linking the cities of Oxford and Cambridge. According to the Department for Transport (DfT), building a new expressway between Cambridge, Oxford and Milton Keynes will help to reduce journey times by up to 30 minutes. […]


TfL to trial real-time traffic updates on buses

Transport for London (TfL) has announced a new trial to tackle congestion that will see real-time traffic data displayed to drivers on the rear information displays of buses. As the world’s largest cities get ever-bigger and the number of vehicles on the roads grows, innovative solutions will be required to ensure traffic can flow as […]


‘Triple-decker roundabout’ set for North Tyneside

North Tyneside is set to be the location of a new ‘triple-decker’ roundabout, after work began this week on improvements to reduce traffic congestion on the A19. The £75 million scheme is taking place at the A1058 Coast Road junction between the two routes and will mean that drivers on the A19 will no longer […]

China demonstrates ‘straddling bus’ concept

The first tests of a new public transport concept in China that involves a bus that ‘straddles’ traffic have taken place in Hebei province. The concept was illustrated in model form earlier this year, but has already made it off the drawing board and into reality, with the first trial run taking place along a […]


UK agency to examine transport modeling

The UK’s Transport Systems Catapult (TSC) innovation agency is to host a new event that will examine what the future holds for transport modeling technology. Entitled ‘Modelling Tomorrow’s World’, the conference will take place on November 23rd in Milton Keynes, and will be aimed at transport professionals who use or develop models, as well as […]


Smart highways ‘the future of road safety’

Smart highway technology that can feed crucial traffic data to cars will be the future of automotive safety, and even be able to foresee accidents before they occur, it has been claimed. Lisa Tobin, head of technology at Australian toll road operator Transurban, told a business lunch in Melbourne that a pilot programme run by […]

Red light cameras save lives, study finds

Road designers aiming to ensure that intersections are as safe as possible may need to consider the benefits of adding red light cameras, as a new study has demonstrated that these devices save lives. Research by the US Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) found that when these cameras are switched off, the rate of […]


Automated rail systems ‘set for exponential growth’

New figures have suggested that automated, driverless light rail systems are set to see a huge uptick in growth around the world in the coming years. Research conducted by the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) found that the length of these systems has increased by 17 per cent since 2014, with 53 fully automated […]


‘Digital Railway’ revised to focus on signalling challenges

Plans to pilot a proposed ‘Digital Railway’ project that aims to increase capacity on the UK’s key routes are set to be revised in order to focus on the most pressing challenges, the new head of the initiative has stated. David Waboso, managing director of the programme, told Rail Technology Magazine that instead of aiming […]


Autonomous cars ‘set to increase traffic congestion’

Many people may assume that with the development of self-driving cars in the coming years, this will have a beneficial effect on the number of traffic jams, as the technology could allow vehicles to travel more closely together in safety. In fact, new research has suggested the opposite may be true, which is something that […]


‘Smart highway’ demands expected to boost transport technology

Demand from authorities around the world to upgrade major roadways to so-called ‘smart highways’ is set to give the transport technology sector a huge boost in the coming years. This is according to a new report by Persistence Market Research, which noted that as economies around the world continue to expand, this will put additional […]


Sweden tests electric road technologies

A road in Sweden has become the testing ground for a new technology that could allow electric vehicles to be powered on the move, rather than by relying on batteries. A two kilometre section of the E16 motorway is being used for the trial, which uses ideas similar to those seen in some rail and […]


Replace T-junctions to make roads safer, report urges

The UK’s road network should be redesigned to replace T-junctions with mini-roundabouts wherever possible in order to make highways easier to navigate for older drivers and reduce the risk of accidents. This is one of the recommendations from a new report by the Road Safety Foundation, which noted that the UK has not previously taken […]


UK govt urged to scrap ‘dangerous’ motorway scheme

Plans by the UK government to ease congestion on the nation’s motorways by converting hundreds of miles of hard shoulder into permanent driving lanes have been criticised by a group of MPs, who described the proposals as dangerous. The Transport Select Committee said the dramatic change brings with it serious risks and all drivers should […]


New study to examine impact of driverless technology on UK infrastructure

A new UK research project is being launched to gain a better insight into the potential impact that the proliferation of autonomous vehicle technology will have on the country’s transport infrastructure. The People in Autonomous Vehicles in Urban Environments (PAVE) consortium, which is based at Culham Science Centre in Oxfordshire and counts infrastructure support service […]


Upgrade work begins as part of Manchester smart motorway project

Highways England has announced the commencement of work to upgrade 56 overhead gantries on a 17-mile smart motorway route near Manchester. The work will take place between junction 8 of the M60 near Sale and junction 20 of the M62 near Rochdale, with four specialist subcontractors utilising cranes, scissor lifts and cherry pickers to remove […]


Ant-inspired mathematics model ‘could aid management of traffic flow’

US mathematicians have developed a potentially useful new traffic model by applying mathematical analysis to the movements of ants. Students from the Harvard John A Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences have used a heuristic technique called ant colony optimisation to find the most efficient time settings for traffic signals on a grid of […]


New electric vehicle infrastructure project announced by Nissan and EU

Approximately €18 million (£14.31 million) will be spent on a new project designed to improve electric vehicle infrastructure on the continent. The Fast-E project is being bankrolled by manufacturer Nissan and the EU, with the aim of establishing 278 charging points 80 km apart along Germany and Belgium’s main motorways by the end of 2016, […]


New 4D modelling method ‘can aid transport infrastructure planning’

An innovative 4D modelling method has been developed by Concordia University to aid the planning and completion of public transportation infrastructure projects. The innovative method is the first of its kind to integrate stochastic simulation techniques, which are algorithms designed to predict and account for randomness, into the 3D modelling of highways. This allows planners […]

Road Reconstruction Design Challenge – Best-Fit Alignment

I have been involved in many road design projects and from an engineering standpoint, road reconstruction offers a number of interesting challenges. For a new road design or a total rebuild, the designer is mainly dealing with new alignments which are influenced to a lesser degree by the prevailing conditions and features.


Diverging diamond interchanges can save lives, new study shows

A new study has provided evidence that an innovative type of road structure called a diverging diamond interchange (DDI) can help to improve traffic flow and minimise the risk of collisions occurring. Civil engineers from the University of Missouri have examined the implementation of these designs in the US to see what benefits the interchanges […]


Driverless car sales ‘to reach 21 million by 2035’

A new report has revised upwards the estimated number of driverless cars that will be sold worldwide by 2035. The IHS Automotive figures indicate that nearly 21 million autonomous vehicles will be sold globally by 2035 – up from around 600,000 units in 2025, reflecting a 43 percent compound annual growth rate over the course […]


Police in Europe prepare for 24-hour speed enforcement blitz

Between tomorrow (April 21st) and Friday, drivers in Europe should expect to see a significant spike in speed enforcement activity across the continent. As part of the European Traffic Police Network’s (TISPOL’s) weeklong speed enforcement campaign, police officers will be taking part in a so-called “speed enforcement marathon” – a 24-hour blitz against reckless and […]


EU rulemakers and auto industry pave way for driverless car rollout

Europe is about to “pick up the pace” when it comes to getting connected and driverless cars on the road, thanks to a new agreement reached in the Netherlands last week (April 14th). Dubbed the Declaration of Amsterdam, the deal – which was negotiated by EU transport ministers, the European Commission and the European Automobile […]


New research hints at erratic indicating in the Gulf States

Many drivers in the Gulf States are putting their safety at risk by failing to use their cars’ indicators correctly – even if they say they do. This is according to the results of a new study by YouGov, backed by Qatar Insurance Company (QIC) and Road Safety UAE, and published on Tuesday (April 12th). […]


Major new study shows risk of smartphones to pedestrians crossing streets

Ever used your smartphone while crossing the road? Well, you’re not alone, according to a major new study from DEKRA Accident Research. The German company monitored almost 14,000 pedestrians in six cities in Europe – Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Paris, Rome and Stockholm – and documented their smartphone use in the vicinity of traffic. It found […]


Road maintenance budget shortfalls ‘up 50%’ in England and Wales

A new survey has found that local authorities in England and Wales saw a 50 per cent increase in budget shortfalls for road maintenance between 2014 and 2015, thanks in part to a 16 per cent decline in available cash year on year. The Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance (ALARM) survey, published on March 23rd […]


UK announces motorway trials of driverless cars

The UK’s motorways will host their first trial of driverless car technology before the end of 2017, according to newly released documents from the agency responsible for managing England’s road network. Highways England’s new innovation strategy, published yesterday (April 5th), reveals plans to test autonomous vehicles on the country’s M-roads “by the end of next […]


Germany unveils new transport investment strategy

The German government has published its new transport investment strategy, revealing plans to spend a total of €264.5 billion on infrastructure improvements between now and 2030. This is an increase of €91 billion on the country’s previous strategy, World Highways reports, and represents a concerted effort to cut congestion on major routes. More than two-thirds […]


California to explore Dutch SolaRoad technology

After having been successfully trialled in a small town in North Holland, a new technology that harvests energy from road-mounted solar panels is to be tested in the US’ most populous state. This is according to Transport Technology Today, which reported this morning (April 4th) that California and the Netherlands have agreed to work together […]


Greater Manchester opens first guided busway

Public transport users in the west of Greater Manchester should see their travel times slashed this week thanks to the launch of the region’s first-ever guided busway. The unique concrete track will serve buses running from the towns of Leigh and Atherton to the centre of the bustling British metropolis, taking just 50 minutes to […]


Highways England kickstarts trial of motorway fuel price signage

Starting this week (March 29th), British motorists using the M5 motorway between Bristol and Exeter should expect to see a small but significant change in the road signage along the way. Specifically, a high-tech new set of signs has been installed to show the price of fuel at nearby service stations in real time, helping […]

New app applies machine learning to travel planning

A US-based traffic information company claims to have built the first-ever mobile app that uses machine learning techniques to help motorists reach their destinations as quickly and efficiently as possible. Inrix Traffic, released on March 30th for Android and iOS devices, is described by developers Inrix as a “next-generation navigation and traffic app” that “learns […]


Connected cars ‘could spell the end for the traffic light’

After more than a century of service, the end may finally be nigh for the humble traffic light. This is according to a new study from MIT, which explores how connected car technology opens up the possibility of controlling traffic flow in a totally new way. Specifically, vehicles that are capable of wirelessly communicating with […]

New bus speed-limiting technology a success, says TfL

The introduction of speed-limiting technology to London’s bus fleet has the potential to substantially improve road safety in the English capital, transport authorities have claimed. On March 18th, Transport for London (TfL) announced the completion of a trial of Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA) technology – which prevents vehicles from accelerating past the local speed limit […]


Global traffic congestion ‘has hit an all-time high’

Global traffic congestion hit an all-time high in 2015, more than doubling motorists’ rush hour travel time in some of the world’s busiest cities. This is according to the latest edition of the TomTom Traffic Index, published on March 22nd, which measured traffic volumes in almost 300 cities using some 14 trillion individual data points. […]

Fixes promised after report highlights Victoria tram safety issues

The government of the Australian state of Victoria has promised improvements to its fleet of much-hyped trams after a new report identified a series of safety failings with the equipment. An independent study by Interfleet on behalf of Public Transport Victoria highlighted potential problems with acceleration and braking on the AU$300 million E-class trams, as […]

Hyperloop trials could come to central Europe

Efforts to develop Hyperloop technology into a viable mode of transport are set to take place in central Europe after one of the main companies investing in the innovation signed an agreement with the Slovakian government. US-based Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) confirmed the move to explore the potential for the technology in Europe, which could […]


Committee urges Europe-wide rollout of Safer Lorry Scheme

The UK House of Commons’ Transport Select Committee has called for the mandatory rollout of Transport for London’s (TfL’s) Safer Lorry Scheme across the country and beyond in order to improve safety for other road users. According to the group of MPs, road fatalities in the UK rose by four per cent in 2014 Commercial […]


Liverpool to benefit from £340m rail investment

Rail passengers in the north-west of England are set to benefit from a major programme to upgrade tracks and facilities around Liverpool, it has been announced. Network Rail and the Liverpool City Region LEP will pump £340 million into the improvements, which will help deliver faster, more frequent and more reliable passenger services by 2019. […]


Driverless cars ‘may increase reliance on roads’

The development of driverless cars in the coming years may increase the need for smarter road and traffic management solutions, as it could lead to more vehicles on the highways. This is the finding of new research by the University of Leeds, published in the Transportation Research Part A journal. It stated that while an […]


Osborne commits to northern England transport improvements

A series of investments worth around £300 million to fund improvements to transport links in northern England has been announced by UK chancellor George Osborne in his latest Budget. In his annual address, delivered to Parliament yesterday (March 16th), Mr Osborne said the measures would be essential in supporting the so-called ‘Northern Powerhouse’ plans to […]


UK transport networks set to be monitored from space

In some parts of Europe, geological hazards like landslides and subsidence are a real and ever-present threat to transport infrastructure. These incidents can cut off homes, businesses and whole communities, and even lead to injury and loss of life. Now, though, help is at hand – and from none other than the European Space Agency (ESA). […]


New tyre safety technology successfully piloted in the UK

This week saw the end of a year-long pilot study into a new tyre safety technology conducted on the UK’s M6 motorway, and the results have been deemed so successful that its creators are already planning to trial their solution in other markets around the world. WheelRight, an Oxford-based technology company, masterminded the pilot with […]

Study points to gap between BIM awareness and adoption

In most countries worldwide, the vast majority of construction industry professionals are aware of the concept of building information modelling (BIM). However, whether they use it or not is another question entirely. This is according to the NBS International BIM Report 2016, which was published last month (February 25th) and provides a snapshot of BIM […]


Motorists struggle with basic road signs, insurer claims

A large proportion of Britain’s motorists are left perplexed by some of the country’s most basic road signs and markings, a new study from insurer Aviva claims. Published on February 5th, the research found that a third of drivers in the UK are unable to identify the “one way traffic” sign, while 55 per cent […]

Making all cars driverless ‘could stop 95% of accidents’

The mooted safety benefits of driverless cars are back in the spotlight after the publication of a new study from a top UK engineering society. According to the Autonomous and Driverless Cars report, issued today (February 11th) by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), some 95 per cent of all traffic accidents could be prevented […]


Finland builds intelligent transport test site

A group of public and private sector organisations in Finland have announced the first steps in a new project to build a world-class test site for intelligent transport in Lapland. Called Aurora, the project will focus on the development of autonomous transport solutions, connected cars, intelligent asset management and mobility-as-a-service (MaaS) at a facility north […]

Samsung pilots novel Safety Truck scheme

The Samsung brand is best known for high-end consumer electronics, but a new pilot scheme in South America suggests it might have something to offer in the field of road safety, too. Last week (February 2nd) saw the launch in Argentina of the Samsung Safety Truck – a prototype described by the South Korean tech […]


UK govt pumps £20m into driverless car research

The UK government has awarded £20 million (€26 million) in funding to driverless car research, cementing its bid to become a world leader in the emerging field. Announced by business secretary Sajid Javid in a visit to a test facility in the West Midlands, the funding will be drawn from the £100 million Intelligent Mobility […]

France to build 1,000 km of solar-panelled roads

Last month, the French government announced a somewhat surprising new infrastructure project: a five-year effort to pave 1,000 km of the country’s roads with solar panels. Segolene Royal, minister for ecology and energy, confirmed the plans at a conference of transport authorities at the end of January, Global Construction Review reports. She added that tenders […]

London launches technology-led scheme to improve bus safety

The London bus is an instantly recognisable icon of the English capital. It’s also internationally significant for another reason: with just 2.5 injuries per million passengers, the fleet has a world-leading safety record. And the city isn’t planning on stopping there. This week (February 1st), transport authorities announced a brand new six-point programme to drive […]


Improved rail infrastructure scheduled for Lithuania

Lithuanian Railways (LitRail) and the European Investment Bank (EIB) have agreed a €68 million loan to support improved rail infrastructure in the country. The EIB first worked alongside LitRail in 1996 and has supported the company in modernising locomotives and upgrading general infrastructure, with existing work consisting of railway infrastructure upgrades and renewal schemes across […]


BIM industry set to witness ‘rapid growth’

The global Business Intelligence Modelling (BIM) industry is set to witness significant growth in the coming years, a new study has found. Transparency Market Research has indicated that a tremendous increase in construction activities globally will lead to rapid growth in the coming years, while improved efficiency and fast workflow are some of the other […]


Light rail planned for Nashville transport system

There are now plans for a complete transit system for Middle Tennessee, including light rail and faster buses. Officials believe that the cost could rise up to several billion dollars over the course of the next two decades, reaching $5.4 billion (£3.7 billion) in capital costs and $300 million annually in operational costs, according to […]

New light rail system planned for Phuket

A new light rail system valued at more than 2 billion baht (£3.8 billion) is set to be developed between Phuket International Airport and Chalong intersection. It is hoped the plans will boost tourism in the South of the country and there will be 23 stations along the route, with planners deciding whether or not […]


First arches erected for Edmonton Walterdale Bridge

The first two arches have now gone up on the Walterdale Bridge in Edmonton, as the development of the structure begins to gain pace. Four giant jacks now stand atop the temporary towers, which will be used to install a 950-tonne central arch segment in a lift that will take roughly six hours, according to […]

Telensa invests $18m in smart city technology

Telensa, a specialist in wireless smart city applications, has confirmed it will invest $18 million (£12.7 million) to fund new end-to-end smart city solutions that use low power wide area (LPWA) wireless technology. This funding includes equity support from the Environmental Technologies fund along with debt funding from Silicon Valley Bank. The cash will be used to […]


Microsoft demonstrates CHAD vehicle at Consumer Electronics Show

Microsoft has demonstrated a new connected highly automated driving (CHAD) vehicle designed to connect with the Microsoft Azure cloud and Windows 10. The exhibit at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) illustrated how the technology prevents accidents and improves comfort and convenience. The new vehicle -2-x communication (V2X) connectivity approach uses data from the vehicle’s surroundings to boost […]


New Queensferry Crossing in development over Forth Estuary

The new Queensferry Crossing under construction in Scotland will be the third landmark bridge covering the Forth Estuary. Once the new structure is introduced at the end of 2016, it will represent the third landmark bridge to be developed across the water. It will stand alongside a road bridge and the historic rail bridge. The […]


East Midlands freight interchange approved

The East Midlands Gateway Rail Freight Interchange has now been approved by Transport Minister Robert Goodwill. The Strategic Rail Freight Interchange (SRFI) will be developed across 250 acres close to Castle Donington, meaning it will be large enough to operate as a significant infrastructure project. Space will be used for 6m sq ft of new […]

Calgary Transit introduces Siemens S200 light rail vehicle

Calgary Transit has introduced a new Siemens S200 light rail vehicle, which was designed following direct input from the public. Siemens has offered trains to Calgary Transit for over 30 years and introduced new approaches and enhanced collaboration with customers to ensure the best possible technology for Calgary residents. The car manufacturer designed the light […]


Bidders shortlisted for £400m Merseyrail contract

The bidders shortlisted for a £400 million contract to provide a new fleet for an upgraded and expanded Merseyside network have been confirmed. Bombardier, Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF), Mitsui, Siemens and Stadler will work on the joint venture after the tender process was introduced in October 2014. The project will mean new trains and […]


Joint Contracts Tribunal develops BIM guide

The Joint Contracts Tribunal (JCT) has developed a new guide to advise professionals how to make the most out of Building Information Modelling (BIM) technology. The practice note is entitled Building Information Modelling, Collaborative and Integrated Team Working, and is designed to help practitioners to develop a better understanding of BIM and offer information on […]

Seattle UW light rail station to open in March

A new light rail station is expected to open in March 2016, connecting the University of Washington to numerous areas of Seattle. Following years of planning and construction, the Sound Transit Husky Stadium light rail station is expected to open by the end of March and will enable faster travel between the University of Washington, […]


BIM Campus Newcastle aims to develop new construction professionals

BIM Campus Newcastle is set to develop a new training suite that is designed for up to 15 learners. The development will provide exceptional hardware and technology, allowing them to prepare properly to work in the ever-evolving construction industry, with nine students recently graduating from the “free” course designed to improve the skills of young […]


Work underway to install motorway noise barriers that pay for themselves

An innovative new infrastructure project has gone underway in the south of England that promises both to reduce the noise impact of a major British motorway and generate green energy at the same time. Earlier this year, Highways England joined forces with the M40 Chiltern Environment Group (M40 CEG), Wycombe District Council and South Oxfordshire […]

DfT data shows traffic in Britain on the up

Motor vehicle traffic in England, Scotland and Wales increased for the tenth quarter in succession in the three months to September 2015, according to new UK government data – contributing to the highest rolling annual total on record. The statistics, which were published by the Department for Transport (DfT) on November 12th and will remain […]


Study reveals average speed of every London bus

Driving in London can be a slow and frustrating process. For bus passengers, it’s even more so – problems like unexpected waiting times and driver absenteeism only serve to compound the city’s notorious level of congestion. In order to tackle problems like this, transport planners need the right data at their disposal. Historically, Transport for […]


Fewer than 1 in 6 UK firms ‘fully ready’ for BIM

Back in 2011, the UK government set about accelerating the adoption of building information modelling (BIM) in the country’s construction sector. One of its tactics to this end was to stipulate that all government contracts, regardless of size, should be delivered using collaborative 3D BIM within the next half-decade – specifically by the beginning of […]


3 in 4 UK travellers encounter pain-points, says Britain’s biggest transport study

Despite the UK’s extensive history of transport innovation, the country still has a long way to go before the majority of its travellers express satisfaction with their experiences on road and rail. This is according to Britain’s biggest-ever traveller experience study, Traveller Needs, which was carried out by the Transport Systems Catapult – a government-funded […]


AutoTURN Advanced Functions, Part 1: Custom Load Shapes

AutoTURN has long been established as the prime solution for swept path calculations in the AEC sector. Architects, engineers and traffic planners rely heavily on the simple and user-friendly Transoft software to simulate vehicle swept paths with extremely high accuracy in a wide variety of contexts. From simple parking lots in private homes to the […]


TORUS 5.0 Simplifies Turbo-roundabout Design

It is hardly a secret that turbo-roundabouts are quickly becoming more and more popular in the UK, the rest of Europe and all across the globe due to their increased efficiency and safety compared to traditional roundabout designs. However, since turbo-roundabouts were only invented fairly recently, they have been introduced rather slowly everywhere outside of […]


Luxembourg Solves Traffic Dilemma with Turbo-Roundabout

With just over 110,000 inhabitants, the city of Luxembourg is not exactly what one would call an overflowing metropolis. However, its traffic problems match those of some of the busiest urban areas anywhere. In fact, some sections of the Grand Duchy’s capital have been suffering from severe traffic overload for years. One of the most […]