Can You Improve Roadworks?

Wed 7th Sep 2022

An initiative has been launched to identify new technology, products, or services that may help to make roadwork delays “a more pleasant experience.”

National Highways, which maintains and operates England's motorways and major A roads, is seeking ideas that will improve people's experiences with roadworks whether they are driving through the roadworks or living near them.

Up to £15,000 in funding is available to competition winners to investigate whether their new or existing technology, product, or idea could be used on National Highways' roads.

The ideas that are proven successful in the trials will be taken forward with National Highways and its supply chain, towards full commercialisation.

The competition, which is partnered with Connected Places Catapult, runs from Monday (5 September) to October 9, 2019. The winners will be announced in January 2023.

Nicola Bell, executive director of major projects at National Highways, said: “We know that roadworks remain a common cause of irritation for many people. Not only do they impact on the driving public themselves, but they also have a knock-on effect on the surrounding communities and local businesses.  

“Roadworks are essential as we invest billions of pounds ensuring our roads are managed, developed and maintained, but that work can impact on day-to-day lives and the local economy.

“Through this competition we hope to find solutions that we haven’t yet trialled, tested or even thought of ourselves that will make a difference for road users, communities and businesses impacted by works. The brief is deliberately wide because we want people to come to us with a whole range of ideas.”