This Isn’t Just Any Contraflow on the M8

The government is said to be thinking about bringing a weird US roadside sponsorship system to the UK, in which stretches of motorway are sponsored by big businesses in return for some of their advertising money. Read More >>

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Council Declares War on Local Imperial Scout Walker

Teignbridge District Council is fighting its own little war against rogue Imperial forces, as it's demanded that a keen Star Wars enthusiast removes a full-size model of an Imperial scout walker from land beside the A38. The Angel of the South West it is not. Read More >>

Learner Drivers Need Testing on Hole Spotting, Says the AA

Our roads are in such a state that the learner driver process needs adapting to take all the potholes into account, according to the AA, which thinks that spotting and panic-avoiding holes in the road ought to be added to the hazard perception part of the driving test, alongside the classic children/ice cream van Kobayashi Maru situation and the guidelines on how to best overtake the modern cycling warriors. Read More >>

4mph Robot Traffic Cones Could Jazz up the Roadworks of the Future

An infrastructure specialist thinks it might be able to technology-away the problem of roadworks, by rolling out – haha yes literally rolling them out on wheels – a fleet of self-driving traffic cones. Read More >>

Council Leaves Bell End Alone

It looks like the people who live on Bell End will have to put up with passers-by taking gurning photos beside the road sign for the foreseeable future, as the council has confirmed there's been a definite win in the public battle to change the road name -- and Bell End has won out. Read More >>

People in Suffolk Aren’t Taking Badger Damage Seriously Enough

Badgers are the latest thing causing chaos and destruction out there on the roads, with one stretch of tarmac in the Suffolk village of Somersham so undermined by their tunneling activities that stretches of the road have been closed. Read More >>

24,000 Mile of Roads Need Their Potholes Filling

It's not just you and your neighbours that feel like their part of the world is falling apart due to the spread of potholes — it's everyone, everywhere. That's what the fantastically named Asphalt Industry Alliance says, which has surveyed all of our councils and found that some 24,000 miles of road need fixing up after the winter peeled the layers of tarmac away like rotten onion skin. Read More >>

Bus Tours of Roadworks and Building Sites Offered to Make People Want to be Builders

Do you think you have what it takes to engage in banter on a building site? If so, you might be interested in a promotion the government is running at the moment, where members of the public can tour building sites and infrastructure projects to get some sort of idea of what the work entails. Read More >>

Government to Spend Three Years Working Out Who the Driver is in a Driverless Car

The government is about to give a group of people a nice easy, fun bit of legal negotiating to do, as it prepares to launch a three-year rethink of driving laws in preparation for the self-driving car boom that everyone assumes is coming because the tech companies all say it is. Read More >>

It’s OK, They’re Putting Some Grass Over the Stonehenge Tunnel

Highways England has shown its first design illustration of how the massive tunnel underneath the fringes of the Stonehenge site may look, with the consultation attempting to appease anti-roads protesters by making the possible tunnels, cuttings and intersections look all lovely and green. Read More >>

Highways Agency Wants to Ban Cyclists From Popular Bit of Road

The Highways Agency is currently running a consultation with locals about what to do with a complicated road problem. The problem being a 10-mile stretch of the A63, where cyclists come to its smooth surface and gentle undulations to attack time trial records while cars whizz past at 70mph. Read More >>

Recycled Plastic Used to Patch UK Roads

Plastic roughly equivalent to that used in 800,000 carrier bags and 500,000 bottles has found itself a new permanent home in Cumbria, where it's doing some good for once instead of getting in the sea and toxifying the planet. Read More >>

Roads Department Gamifies Throwing Rubbish Out of the Car

Lazy people who throw rubbish out of car windows are in for a treat should they drive around certain spots in the north of England, as the roads department is testing a thrilling new type of bin. It's like a big old ship's funnel, into which drivers-by are encouraged to casually throw their rubbish. Read More >>

Virgin Trains Ad Mines Live Traffic Data to Shame Car Drivers

A new interactive billboard advert for Virgin Trains is doing something rather clever with data and APIs, using live road traffic reports to gauge problems on the road and tell suffering drivers, live, how much quicker it all would've been had they got the train. Plus it might've been one with a phone charger and there could've been a buffet trolley with crisps. Read More >>

Scotland’s New Bridge Closes… For Opening

Scotland's new Queensferry Crossing road traffic bridge is to close this weekend, but it's not broken or anything. The cars are being made to go away again so that people can enjoy a walk over the 1.7 mile river bridge. Read More >>