The Road Safety Award, in memory of John Smart, recognises outstanding achievements which improve road user safety through excellent practice, design and technical application. The award welcomes both technical and educational/training/publicity projects, which can demonstrate the quantifiable effects of the project either through measurement, monitoring or description. Road safety initiatives, schemes or products that contribute to casualty reduction are welcomed for this award, particularly where they provide outputs that can be widely applied.
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In April 2020, Jenoptik handed over a new SPECS Average Speed Camera scheme to the Metropolitan Police and TfL at the start of the first lockdown. The A10 Enfield had a history of anti-social driving, relating to racing and stunts in nearby car parks. An increase in speeds, collisions and casualties resulted in residents demanding action.
Delivered in six weeks from concept to completion, using innovative delivery methods that minimized disruption for road users and residents alike; one year later, anti-social behaviours have stopped, speeds and collisions have reduced and the road is reported to feel significantly safer.
It is easy to become confused when trying to assist an emergency vehicle on a blue light journey. We do not want to break the law or increase the risks, so what we should do that's safe and helpful?
The new version of the ‘Blue Light Aware’ resource offers 10 video animations covering common situations where confusion occurs. There are sections on roundabouts, junctions, country lanes, motorways and dual carriageways, as well as specific advice for helping to maximise safety for those who need to work in potentially dangerous road environments.
It is a must-see for every road user!
The M4 Junction 3 -12 project is upgrading 52km of Highways England motorway. Balfour Beatty VINCI joint venture subcontracts the free recovery services offered within the roadworks to Saunders Garage. Collectively the organisations involved in the upgrade recognised a need to improve the safety and efficiency of recovering Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGV)s. Looking to a system used in the Netherlands, the project trialled the VDZ system offered by Rydam, more than halving the average recovery time of HGVs within the roadworks resulting in the purchase of 3 full sets of equipment to use on the project and in the future.
For the new Britannia sports centre, school and residential development project, Hackney Council and Transport for London joined forces with contractors Morgan Sindall and O’Neill and Brennan to introduce pragmatic and innovative methods to reduce the impacts from construction on vulnerable road users. This has included: segregated HGV facilities to maintain safe walking and cycling, introducing cargo bikes to remove vans, exemplar marshalling strategies to maintain high working standards, walking and cycling patrols with community groups to ensure safe access is maintained, crime impact assessments for safe environments and emergency services response resilience through new engineering methods.
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