Leading ITS firm Dynniq has announced that operations director Julian Lidiard will be stepping down from his role and handing over to Richard Bevins, current head of urban operations.
Mr Bevins will join the senior leadership team taking over responsibilities in Dynniq’s field engineering services business.
Mr Lidiard was appointed as a director in December 2014, initially with responsibility for Urban Field Service Operations.
He said: 'I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in the business, working with talented people through both interesting and challenging times, evolving the delivery function to where we are today. However I have reached a point in my life where I need to ease up a bit, look after my health and improve my work life balance…”
Managing director, Daniel Ruiz, commented. 'I would like to take this opportunity to thank Julian for the contribution he has made to the business since joining and wish him well with his future endeavours.
'With Julian leaving and Richard taking on his field engineering responsibilities, Dynniq is continuing to move forward with its strategy to become a leaner, more effective and reliable business, enabling us to continue to build on relationships with our legacy customers.
'Part of our business transformation strategy as Dynniq is to be increasingly Pro-active, Reliable and Open. Finding ways of working better, sticking to our commitments and continuing to be known for being honest and approachable helps us to achieve this. We will continue to put the customer first.'
Mr Bevins said: 'Having successfully worked with Julian for a few years on many diverse projects, both in the UK and Ireland, my intention is to build on the solid foundations he has created, ensuring Dynniq’s field engineering services team continues to be regarded as an excellent service provider which is aligned and complementary to Dynniq’s products and systems supporting the flow of traffic, people and goods around our transport network.'
A new version of the UK’s most popular traffic sign software is available and addresses sign illumination, as well as the tricky issue of bus lane signage.
SignPlot 3.4 is now ready to be downloaded by those with current support contracts, and the Sign Illumination Tool may be downloaded free of charge by anyone.
SignPlot covered the complete range of Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions (TSRGD 2016) signs before the regulation came into effect.
The new enhancements in SignPlot 3.4 focus on making bus lane and other signs quicker to design and helps answer the issue of which signs need lighting and where.
In a statement, makers Buchanan Computing said: 'Bus lane signs are now created simply by ticking the relevant options and entering enforcement hours in note form. This even works for offside bus lanes and bilingual signs in Wales and, as for all SignPlot dialogues, you see immediately the results of your selections and can recall the form later to make changes.
'Other enhancements include an easy way to add a junction name or other header to a sign, and improved depiction of ghost or hollow arms on signs showing how to avoid a banned turn.'
Transport for London has confirmed that its director of asset management Dana Skelley OBE is leaving at the end of June to join Skanska Civil Engineering.
Ms Skelley will take on the role of director of strategy and operational excellence as the infrastructure giant.
Managing director of surface Transport, Leon Daniels, said he makes the announcement 'with mixed feelings of sadness and pleasure'.
Dana Skelley OBE
He said: 'Dana has worked in the public sector for 30 years and during her time here at TfL we have had the benefit of working with one of the most talented engineers in the UK. All around us we see her achievements.
'At our Surface Board she has always challenged us all to be innovative, creative and to make better progress regardless of the difficulties being encountered. She has been an excellent leader, inspiring her teams, driving people to achieve their potential while retaining her characteristic humility and kindness.
'Dana has also championed our young apprentices and graduates as well as working extraordinarily hard to bring women and other under-represented groups into civil engineering. This work has made us the envy of many other agencies.
'We will very much miss Dana and all she has done for TfL. She leaves with a job well done and new challenges to face. I will very much miss her contribution as a Director across all the areas of our business.
'At the same time we recognise that she is embarking on an exciting new adventure and I know all colleagues will want to join me in wishing her well for the future in her new role.'
The fully updated 2017 edition of the Freight Transport Association’s (FTA) European Road Transport Guide is now available - providing information and advice for road transport operators moving goods to Europe and beyond.
The 22nd edition includes brief, early comments on how Brexit might affect international operations as well as essential facts for fleet operators, including details of public holidays, weekend lorry bans and toll prices.
New content includes:
- top tips for safe summer and winter driving
- precautions to consider when travelling to risky destinations
- drivers’ hours and new restrictions on weekly rest in the cab
- minimum wages and requirements around the posting of workers in some member states.
FTA’s international members receive one copy of the guide free of charge and can buy additional copies at a discounted price. Non-international members and the general public can also buy copies (code 4055) from Shopfta online at www.shop.fta.co.uk or by telephone on 03717 11 11 11.
Mercedes-Benz has supplied Lincolnshire County Council with the UK’s first 8x6 Arocs model gritters for use in the Lincolnshire Wolds, a challenging area for winter service with hills and steep valleys.
The four Arocs 4143 AKs come with ClassicSpace M-Cabs, advanced 335 kW (428 hp) six-cylinder engines and Mercedes PowerShift 12-speed automated transmissions. Danish-built Epoke gritting bodies were fitted, along with demountable Riko V snowploughs complete with Küper blades.
The new Arocs gritters
As with previous gritters, Lincolnshire's new trucks are equipped with sprayers that pre-wet the dry salt with a brine and water solution just before it reaches the spinner, so it clings better to the surface, while the 32-tonne Mercedes-Benz chassis offers a carrying capacity of 10 cubic metres, meaning the vehicles can go further and stay out for longer on a route than their 26-tonne predecessor.
David Davies, principal maintenance engineer and fleet manager at Lincolnshire CC said: ‘We have been running Mercedes-Benz vehicles for a number of years now, and they have proved to be very reliable.
‘Three drive axles are essential for operation in the Lincolnshire Wolds, which are very susceptible to bad weather coming off the North Sea. The fact that our new Arocs were available direct from the factory as a complete, winterised package makes a big difference – Mercedes-Benz have met all our expectations.’
The Arocs are the subject of 10-year agreements with hire specialist Essential Fleet Services, which purchased the trucks for operation by Lincolnshire and supports 42 local authorities from a network of service centres nationwide.
National fleet engineer for Essential Fleet Services, John Dimbleby, said the 8x6 Arocs chassis was available ex-factory, removing any need to deal with a specialist, third-party converter.
‘The online build is very reassuring in terms of anticipated reliability and warranty cover, because once you start dealing with “add ons” you’re just introducing another element that can go wrong,’ he said.
Mr Dimbleby said that Mercedes-Benz trucks were ‘without doubt the most reliable on our fleet’.