Potential disruption for A737 users

Transport Scotland has announced that motorists using the A737 near Dalry in the coming weeks could face significant disruption to their journeys as a result of traffic management changes in the area.

Traffic restrictions will be in place along a 500-metre stretch of the road, near Wilson Auctions, from Sunday (February 3rd) and will be in operation for a period of approximately nine weeks.

Motorists using the carriageway during this time are advised of potential delays to journeys, as temporary traffic lights will be used to hold back drivers during periods of work by highways engineers.

Gavin Dyet, project manager at Transport Scotland, stated: “Work to deliver the Dalry Bypass is continuing at a steady pace, with construction of a roundabout at Hillend essential to deliver the project.

“We anticipate that any delays to journeys will be minimal; however, we will be implementing measures to lessen any potential disruption as far as possible, including manually operating the lights during peak periods of traffic flow.”

Work in the area forms part of the larger Dalry Bypass scheme, which hopes to bolster the economic prosperity of surrounding businesses and the local economy by providing more reliable journey times in the future. The project is forecast to be complete by the end of 2019.

Ellie Baker, brand manager at FCS Scotland, comments: “Motorists travelling in the area should be prepared to add extra time to their journeys in the coming weeks. However, we’re sure travellers will agree that, in the end, the upgrades being carried out along this busy stretch of carriageway will be worth it.”

Delivering a better service – have your say

Highways England manages the 4,300 miles of motorways and strategic trunk roads in England, known as the Strategic Road Network (SRN), and is looking for your views on what it is doing well, what it could do better and initiatives that you feel would improve the service.

Highways England has recently commenced a project aimed at improving the service it provides to the freight and road haulage sector. The three-year initiative incorporates a wide-ranging external engagement exercise which will help Highways England to understand the needs of the transport sector, while influencing future planning and operational decisions.

Highways England would like to get your views on areas such as:

  • How your organisation interacts with Highways England and the SRN
  • How the operation of the SRN affects your organisation
  • How you think Highways England is performing with respect to the service it provides to customers and in particular road freight

Highways England has produced a survey and would be very grateful for your views. The survey, which closes on 30 November, can be accessed here. Completing the survey should take no more than 10 – 15 minutes of your time.

If you have any queries, contact [email protected]

‘Vehicle 2 Grid’ technology – theory into reality

E-Flex, a demonstration project, is on a mission to move vehicle to grid – ‘V2G’ – from theory to commercial reality, and they’re looking for fleets based in London to join them. V2G lets you export stored energy from your electric vehicle back to the electricity network, opening up a range of energy-saving opportunities, including dramatically reducing the costs of your operation.

A first-of-its-kind, E-Flex will use a real-world testing environment to demonstrate the potential value of V2G for fleet managers such as reducing the cost of driving and charging electric vehicles, with an end-goal of delivering cost-neutral operations.

If you operate a fleet in the London or Greater London area and would like to find out more, or even become one of E-flex’s first trial sites for V2G, visit the E-Flex website.


£930m worth of truck road improvements coming in 2020

The trunk road network in the south of Scotland is set to benefit from over £930 million worth of improvements after two new road maintenance contracts were agreed.

More than 2,000 miles of trunk road will be improved as a result of the work, which is expected to last for at least eight years.

The value of the contract could rise to as much as £1.4 billion if Transport Scotland exercises its option to extend the work to 12 years.

Work isn’t expected to begin until 2020, but Transport Scotland has warned Scottish motorists that when it does commence, they can expect a range of measures aimed at minimising disruption and ensuring consistent, predictable and reliable journeys.

The authority added that the new contracts also include a renewed focus on achievement of climate change and sustainability targets.

Michael Matheson, cabinet secretary for transport, infrastructure and connectivity, commented: “This latest generation of our operating company contracts will bring an improved level of service across 3,500km (2,174 miles) of trunk road.

“The two contracts will directly support around 650 operational and professional jobs in Scotland. They will also contribute significantly to the economy through the wider supply chain, with local firms benefiting on a regular basis.

“I am confident these contracts will continue to deliver both a high quality and value for money trunk road maintenance service.”

Transport Scotland is expected to put out the contracts for tender soon, with winning bidders set to be announced in early 2020.

Ellie Baker, brand manager at Dieselink, commented: “This work is a long way off but it will greatly benefit motorists in Scotland once it is complete.”


Over 20 speeding drivers stopped outside an Inverness school in one hour

Over 20 speeding drivers stopped outside an Inverness school in one hour

Concerns over speeding near schools have been raised yet again after police stopped more than 20 drivers outside an Inverness school during its pupils’ lunch break.

According to the BBC, officers pulled over 24 motorists near Hilton Primary on Thursday [23rd August].

Certain instances of speeding were so extreme that they warranted one of the drivers to be reported to the procurator fiscal, while two have received a conditional offer of a fixed penalty notice. The rest were given warnings.

Police have been carrying out speed checks outside schools across Inverness all week since pupils returned from their summer break.

Speaking to the BBC, road policing sergeant Gus Murray said it was “incredibly disappointing” to have had to stop so many motorists for irresponsible driving near a primary school in such a short space of time.

He commented: “All motorists need to be persuaded that driving at inappropriate speeds is not a minor, technical offence that everyone commits. It is a serious, dangerous and antisocial activity.

“We will continue to carry out enforcement activity near schools to stop those who continue to ignore the dangers.”

Despite the concerns, road safety in Scotland seems to be heading in the right direction overall, with road deaths hitting a record low in 2017.

Transport Scotland reports that 146 people died as a result of road accidents in the country last year; 45 fewer than in 2016, marking a decrease of 24 per cent.

On a similar note, casualties dropped by 14 per cent too, from 10,905 in 2016 to 9,391 in 2017 – 899 of which were children – while the number of people seriously injured fell by seven per cent to 1,580.

Ben Robb, brand manager at Dieselink, commented: “It’s disappointing that some drivers think that speeding outside schools – during lunch break, no less – is acceptable.”

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