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NEW SPECIFICATIONS FOR ROAD ENVIRONMENTAL & SAFETY STANDARDS

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The highways agency has published a number of new specifications which will ensure better value for money and signi...
The highways agency has published a number of new specifications which will ensure better value for money and significant improvements in the construction and maintenance of the nation's road network.

They include: quality assurance requirements for construction contracts; a new specification for piling and embedded retaining walls - which is likely to be adopted as a standard by the UK construction industry as a whole; and specifications for driver information signs at roadworks.

There is also an update on the use of recycled products in road construction and re-surfacing.

The highways agency's chief highway engineer, Terry Rochester, said:

'These new specifications are the result of close co-operation with a number of relevant UK trade associations and I strongly welcome them.

'The highways agency is proud of its engineering and maintenance standards, and is committed to obtaining quality and value for money from its many contractors.

'We will continue to develop our knowledge in partnership with the roads industry and use our experience to ensure that we deliver a safe, reliable, efficient and environmentally acceptable trunk road network for the benefit of all road users.'

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