Roads roundup

The Highways Agency has cancelled the bidding for asset support contracts in Areas 1, 13 and 14 “because we believe the bids received would not support the delivery of the contracts” it said. The move follows a decision by the Agency in December to rebid Areas 4 and 12 for a similar reason.

Glasgow Subway is opting for driverless trains in its biggest upgrade for 35 years. Strathcylde Partnership for Transport is assessing bids for a new fleet as part of a £300M overhaul.

The promised £15bn in roads investment in England is to become reality after the Infrastructure Act which contains legislation to allow creation of Highways England -  the new government company charged with overseeing the investment - became law on Thursday (12 February). 

The £100M project to unlock congestion at junction 30 of the M25 with the A13 near Thurrock in Essex starts next weekend.  The A13 on approach to the junction will be widened to four lanes in each direction, and the junction itself will be improved, with new dedicated link roads between the M25 and the A13. The scheme includes the widening of the A13 to four lanes in each direction between junction 30 and the A126 on the Essex side of the motorway, installing a segregated left turn lane between the M25 southbound and the A13 eastbound, and the introduction of an additional lane to the M25 gyratory from the A13 in the westbound direction. Contractor is a Balfour Beatty/Skanska joint venture.

Repairs are needed to junction 1 of the M74 at Polmadie in Glasgow to stabilise the carriageway which is suffering from settlement, The Scotsman reports. The road was also treated for settlement in 2012.

Department for Transport is to contribute £3M to help create a digital road map that will give the most detailed information yet to councils and emergency services. The new map, developed by Ordnance Survey, has the potential to transform how all levels of government maintain and improve roads by detailing information such as road widths, traffic calming measures and height and weight restrictions. This dataset could also be linked to other information held by government, including planned road works and cycle paths. The information may also be used in satellite navigation systems. It will also help emergency services find the quickest routes when responding to 999 calls.