How are Highways England transforming Road Marking? Here’s how!
Transforming Road Markings Competition – Supported by Kier.
Here at Highways England it has been identified that specific research is to be undertaken around the application and removal of road markings. We have for some time been concerned about the impact of this procedure, due to driver uncertainty as to the actual lane direction, where removed or masked lines still appear as a contrast to the surrounding surface; cracks and potholes are caused when the surface breaks up under removal of the old lines with water-blasting or shot-blasting techniques. Please see photos as an example of these concerns.
Of further significant concern is the whole life cost of road markings, particularly where road works require the removal or masking of existing markings, application of temporary lines and their subsequent removal which can add substantial surface repair costs, followed by the re-application of permanent markings.
Supporting The Project
This project is being supported by Kier Highways and leading on this is Tom Tideswell (Innovations & Improvements Portfolio Manager) who is the Project Lead, Tom has been with Kier for three years and is a passionate advocate of Innovation. He strives to deliver the three core parts of Highways England’s Imperatives of Health and Safety, Customer Service and Delivery.
Tom believes this project will deliver suitable applications which will firstly give the customer a better experience when driving through roadworks by not having multiple black lines present which in low sun cannot be seen meaning possible lane weaving. It will also reduce the potholes that occur when aggressive removal systems are used to remove road markings.
So What Is The Competition Objective?
We are sufficiently concerned by the performance and cost with questions being raised by the road marking systems currently used, that it has made finding a solution one of its key research strategies. Consequently, the company is sponsoring a research project in how to overcome these issues.
We are therefore inviting companies to submit their solutions for a road marking material and removal system which provides the required on-road performance, whilst avoiding or significantly reducing road surface damaged when removed, which will in turn enhance customer experience. Any entrants who do not have a bespoke removal system should specify what system should be used.
Each company can submit a maximum of 2 products per category from the following to ensure a full range of products are considered:
• Water-based paint
• Cold plastics
• Other products not specified in the categories above
If you feel you have a product that can achieve the above requirements and would like to enter please follow the link below to enter:
We are also holding a Webinar to to give an overview of why the competition is being held and how it will operate on the 5th October 17:00 – 19:00 (GMT) To participate in the webinar, please email tom.tideswell @kier.co.uk by 3 October who will issue the invite.