Roads roundup

Amey has won its first highways contract in the US. It’s AmeyWebber joint venture has been selected to manage and maintain the highways of Dallas, Texas. The contract, valued at £11M ($19M) is for an initial period of two years and has the potential to be extended for up to four years. 

Balfour Beatty has been awarded the £75M A63 Castle Street Hull improvement scheme for the Highways Agency under an early contractor involvement design and build contract. The 1.5km scheme in the centre of Hull will improve journey times for road users through conversion of a major interchange into a split level junction.

Atkins, in partnership with Hyder, have been awarded a three-year contract by the Highways Agency  to deliver specialist technical support to the seven Regional Control Centres (RCCs) across England. 

A new right could allow local residents or local firms to raise a petition that will require a council review of the use of yellow lines and unfair parking charges, Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles has announced.

The number of licensed vehicles on the roads has passed the 35M mark for the first time. Government figures show that by the end of 2013 there were 35.03M licensed vehicles in Britain. This included 29.14M cars, 3.35M light goods vehicles, and nearly 1.22M motorcycles. There were only 25.23M vehicles on the roads in 1994.