• TSC appoints Wylde to lead on collaborations


    The Transport Systems Catapult (TSC) has appointed Helen Wylde as chief engagement officer.

    Ms Wylde will be responsible for the business and relationship development team at the TSC, leading on the forging of collaborations and partnerships with industry, academia and government in the transport sector.

    Helen Wylde

    She joins the TSC from her position as managing director UK and Ireland for Benelux company BringMe. Before this, she was sales and marketing director for Parcelforce Worldwide. She has also worked as a non-executive director and independent consultant, both in the UK and internationally.

    Ms Wylde has also worked in a number of senior commercial positions at Lloyds TSB, ADT Tyco, O2 and Vodafone.

    She said: ‘I am delighted to join TSC, as I firmly believe that the role played by the catapults, and in particular transport systems, is vital and timely in bringing together the very best of UK thinking to harness the many new and innovative technologies currently emerging.

    ‘The TSC is a great opportunity to contribute to the UK in helping to create high quality jobs for UK people and to ensure that the UK takes the global lead in transport systems technical innovation.’

    The Transport Systems Catapult is one of an elite network of not-for-profit technology and innovation centres established and overseen by the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK. It focuses on Intelligent Mobility – harnessing emerging technologies to improve the movement of people and goods around the world.


    Channel: Transportation


  • Rees Jeffreys call for abstracts with £6,000 on offer


    Fresh from its success developing the Major Road Network concept, the Rees Jeffreys Road Fund (RJRF) has called for abstracts that develop strategic thinking about the English road network in two key areas - User Experience and Governance.

    These extended abstracts will be considered by the trustees as part of the development of their future programme of projects which are to be funded in 2018.


    The RJRF anticipates inviting one or more abstracts to be fully developed into position papers. Authors are in line for £6,000 if the trustees then receive a position paper deemed of acceptable quality.

    User experience

    The RJRF said:'The focus for this area is on what the road network could and/or should be like physically, operationally and in turn experientially for users in the future and on identifying the key factors/decisions that need to be addressed in the near term that will enable desirable outcomes to be achieved.'

    Issues that could be considered include:

    - Is the focus for the users of vehicles going to be about the future development of the inside of the vehicle rather than about the road and other users as more control is transferred to and between vehicles?

    - What steps might to be taken to move from today’s open but congested higher risk road system, with freedom of access and control, to the more automated and improved environment projected for the future?

    - How might roads change for those who are less able to access the benefit from current developments but need better accessibility and improved services?

    - What mix of vehicle types for both passenger and goods movements in terms of ownership, size, power source and control might share future road space and with what consequences for user experience?


    The Trustees are interested in what changes (if any) might be made in how the nation’s road network is planned, managed, operated and funded.

    Issues to be considered:

    - Is there an evolutionary approach that might be adopted to the existing structures of governance or is it necessary for a radical change in governance to deliver an effective and efficient road transport and network?

    - How might the road user be better served by those who make the decisions about planning and funding?

    - Are the proposed changes to funding utilising VED in the Transport Investment Strategy the answer and what other options for funding may be available for meeting the ambitions for investment and improved service for the future?

    Details of application

    This is an open invitation to provide an extended abstract - maximum 1000 words - for producing a position paper (between 7000 and 10000 words) on either one or both of the topics identified above.

    Authors are asked to provide a CV and information about their experience/interest in the transport sector.

    If you are interested in providing an abstract to the Trustees, please send your contribution by Friday 9 February 2018 to the RJRF Secretary, Brian Murrell - It is anticipated that those providing abstracts will be contacted with the Trustees’ response by the end of February. Authors invited to prepare a full position paper should be prepared to complete the work by the end of May 2018.

    'RJRF reserves the right to draw upon the ideas in the submitted abstracts and any subsequent finished papers in any future work that it supports and makes available publicly. However, it will not unreasonably prevent the author(s) from using the content of any commissioned position papers for their own purposes such as in pursuing publication or incorporation into subsequent research activity.'

    The RJRF is a charitable foundation that exists to provide financial support in the form of grants and bursaries for:

    - Courses leading to qualifications related to traffic engineering and transport planning.

    - Research projects relevant to one or more of the Fund’s objectives.

    - Programmes or schemes to improve the highway network and the roadside environment.

    The aim of the Trust is to promote and secure better and safer roads in terms of design, engineering and aesthetics including enhancements of the experience of road users.


    Channel: Highways


  • FM Conway appoints head of aggregates (East)


    Infrastructure services company FM Conway has appointed a new head of aggregates and asphalt operations (East).

    Steve Millburn was formerly operations director at Brett Aggregates and has nearly 30 years of experience in the industry.

    He will oversee the efficient operation of FM Conway’s asphalt manufacturing plants at Erith and Croydon, in addition to its bitumen terminal and polymer modified bitumen (PMB) plant at Imperial Wharf and its Dartford recycling centre.

    Steve Millburn

    Tim Metcalf, executive director of aggregates and asphalt at FM Conway, commented: ‘FM Conway’s aggregates and asphalt division has experienced great success over the past few years, continuing to grow and drive materials innovations with the potential to transform the highways industry.

    ‘With his vast experience in the sector, I’m confident that Steve will further support our vision to be the leading manufacturer and supplier of high-performance products for both the strategic and local road networks.’

    Mr Millburn, head of operations (East), said: ‘FM Conway’s material capabilities have helped distinguish the business from its competitors while delivering efficiencies for customers. It’s a market leader in recycling and through its academic partnerships is creating advanced road construction products to help prepare the industry for future challenges.

    ‘I’m looking forward to ensuring we stay at the forefront of innovation in the sector, creating leading materials which offer value for money for customers and a better travelling experience for all road users.’

    FM Conway owns and operates a network of asphalt manufacturing plants across London and the south of England, and operates its own research and development laboratory.

    Working closely with the University of Nottingham and the University of New Hampshire, the company recently released pioneering research into the effects of large-scale manufacturing on the properties of asphalt to better model real-world performance.

    For updates on all the latest job opportunities in the transport sector click here for Transport Network Jobs.


    Channel: Highways


  • Transport Scotland makes push on anti-flood fleet


    Transport Scotland has expanded its winter fleet for the nation’s trunk roads, adding two Mercedes-Benz Unimog vehicles to help tackle flooding issues.

    Hugh Gillies, director of trunk road and bus operations at Transport Scotland, told delegates at Road Expo Scotland that 'in recent years most of the big challenges have been around flooding and high winds'.



    He added: 'We are trialling Unimogs this year in terms of their ability to be control vehicles and we will use them for rapid deployment of pumps.'

    Transport Scotland procured a new Unimog U5023 to operate as a relief vehicle. It has been custom-fitted with a remote-controlled Palfinger crane and specialist pump to help clear up incidents more efficiently.

    A second Unimog all-terrain patrol vehicle is also being trialled this winter on the M80. The Unimog U530 can help access to difficult sites in difficult conditions and can also plough and grit if required, as it has been fitted with a Pronar plough and gritter.

    The vehicles have been provided by franchise dealer Lloyd Ltd.

    Jason Toogood, Unimog sales specialist at Lloyd Ltd, commented: 'We are excited to be supporting Transport Scotland in this important initiative. Responsiveness and flexibility are essential in keeping road networks safe and accessible, and these two Unimog vehicles are ideally suited to deliver the solutions that Transport Scotland require.

    'At home both on- and off-road, with specialist attachments to minimise the impact of events such as flooding or snowfall, the Unimogs will be on hand to do their job quickly and efficiently whenever they are needed.'

    Network impacts manager for Transport Scotland, Martin Thomson, said: 'We can’t prevent bad weather from happening but we can strive to mitigate the effects and we will continue to do so to build the resilience of the trunk road network to make it safer for our customers.'

    Picture caption:

    Keeping Scotland moving: (From left to right) Transport Scotland’s Iain McDonald (Network Resilience Manager), Mercedes-Benz Trucks’ Bernhard Dolinek (Head of Special Trucks), Lloyd Ltd’s Jason Toogood (Unimog Sales Specialist), Transport Scotland’s Martin Thomson (Network Impacts Manager, Trunk Road & Bus Operations) and MBTUK’s Dominic Dawes (Northern Sales Manager for Special Trucks) with the two Unimogs at Transport Scotland’s Winter Service launch.


    Channel: Highways

    keywords: Business

  • Giant leap takes Armstrong upwards at BGA


    Nick Armstrong, a manager with Fugro’s site characterisation and geoconsulting business, has been appointed honorary secretary of the British Geotechnical Association (BGA).

    Having joined the BGA as a member last year, Mr Armstrong was appointed to the three-year role following interview and recommendation to the executive committee.

    Nick Armstrong

    He said: ‘I am delighted to have been accepted for the position of honorary secretary. The association is hugely influential within the sphere of geotechnical engineering, both in the UK and internationally, and plays a crucial role in relation to training and professional development.

    ‘I look forward to promoting innovation and best practice to help the industry move forward in these exciting times.’

    The BGA specialises in the application of soil mechanics, rock mechanics and geology to engineering, instigating discussion on industry issues and providing technical seminars and input to training development.

    Mr Armstrong brings 40 years’ professional experience to the role, including 25 years working on ground investigation projects with Fugro.

    He joined the firm in 1992 as a principal geotechnical engineer and was promoted to be engineering and reporting manager in 2015.

    His current responsibilities include the technical execution and delivery of drilling and ground investigation projects in the UK and Europe, together with team management, technical quality, and skills development.


    Channel: Infrastructure