Highways UK 2018 Starts in



7/8 November 2018, NEC, Birmingham




2018 Challenges

2018 Challenges

There are four challenge categories covering safety, congestion, air pollution and cost.

Safety

Britain's roads are some of the busiest in the world and they are also some of the safest. But with around 1750 deaths and 24,000 serious injuries on UK roads each year (which is orders of magnitude greater than equivalent figures in the rail and aviation sectors) there is no room for complacency. 

Intelligent infrastructure has the potential to impact upon the three core aspects of a safe road system; namely the road, vehicles and human behaviour. We are seeking entries from novel and innovative intelligent infrastructure products or systems (loosely anything that is powered and utilises data) where the primary benefit is improving the safety of either road users and/or road workers on any part of the UK road network (ie urban, local, regional, motorways etc).

Congestion

Recent studies by traffic data firm INRIX have revealed that traffic jams on the UK's major roads cost the economy £9bn a year and that UK drivers annually waste on average 31 hours in rush-hour traffic. Congestion also wastes fuel and leads to increased carbon emissions.

Intelligent infrastructure has the potential to reduce congestion in a wide range of ways from reducing motorway closure time following an accident to dynamic real-time traffic management. We are seeking entries from novel and innovative intelligent infrastructure products or systems (loosely anything that is powered and utilises data) where the primary benefit is reducing congestion and improving traffic flow and journey reliability on any part of the UK road network (ie urban, local, regional, motorways etc).

Air pollution

Air pollution is one of the UK's biggest killers, causing 40,000 early deaths in the UK each year. The Mayor of London is considering banning diesel and petrol cars in certain parts of the capital and cities across Europe are considering outright bans on cars with conventional power trains. The long-term solution is to transition to a low or zero emissions vehicle fleet, but in the meantime intelligent infrastructure-based solutions could help monitor, manage and even mitigate against vehicle related air pollution.

We are seeking entries from novel and innovative intelligent infrastructure products or systems (loosely anything that is powered and utilises data) where the primary benefit is monitoring or controlling air pollution created by road transport on any part of the UK road network (ie urban, local, regional, motorways etc).

Cost

An improved infrastructure is one of the five pillars of the Government's Industrial Strategy.And with the promise of high levels of investment and a long-term delivery plan, the highways sector in return is expected to deliver long-term efficiency savings. 

It has been established that road projects incorporating substantial intelligent infrastructure can achieve an ROI of 10-15 compared to around 2-3 for a conventional road improvement scheme.  

We are seeking entries from novel and innovative intelligent infrastructure products or systems (loosely anything that is powered and utilises data) where the primary outcome is to enable greater use of existing road assets, more efficient use of new road assets or simply a lower whole life cost of operations of any part of the UK road network (ie urban, local, regional, motorways etc).

Entry Process

To enter the competition, click on this link and complete the form.

Deadline

The closing date of the competition is 31 July.

Contact

Please direct enquiries to Richie.Stubbs@Highways-uk.com

 

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