September's top stories: CH2M wins GDDKiA contract, TfL to build North-South Cycle Superhighway

CH2M secured a contract from the General Directorate for National Roads and Highways in Poland, and Transport for London has confirmed with the intent of building a new North-South Cycle Superhighway. Roadtraffic-technology.com wraps up the key headlines from September 2016.


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CH2M secures GDDKiA’s design study contract

CH2M, a global engineering company, secured a contract from the General Directorate for National Roads and Highways (GDDKiA) in Poland.

As per the terms of the contract, CH2M will be responsible for developing a corridor study, technical-economic-environmental study and obtaining an environmental decision for the reconstruction of National Road No.75, Section Brzesko - Nowy Sacz.

London Mayor and TfL to go ahead with new cycling route to King's Cross

London Mayor Sadiq Khan and Transport for London (TfL) have confirmed that they will go ahead with the intent of building a new North-South Cycle Superhighway to King's Cross after TfL released the response to the recent consultation.

The consultation process was initiated earlier this year, and received nearly 70% support from the people.

Australia's first driverless shuttle bus begins trials in Perth

Australia’s first fully electric driverless shuttle bus commenced trials on the roads of Perth.

The new full electric driverless shuttle bus has been developed by Navya SAS, a French company specialising in intelligent transport systems.

The shuttle bus is designed to carry up to 15 passengers and has the ability to reach a top speed of 45kmh with an average speed of 25kmh.

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Bosch and Daimler test new community-based parking system

Bosch, a German multinational engineering and electronics company and multinational automotive corporation Daimler collaborated to develop a new community-based parking system that makes finding a parking space faster and easier.

The pilot project was launched in the greater Stuttgart area involving various Mercedes-Benz test vehicles, which are equipped with the sensors that enable them to generate data on available curbside spaces.

The vehicles are also equipped with a communication interface, which is designed to report and receive such data.

minor-latin;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin'>Victoria Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan said that the government has selected BKK Architects and awarded them the contract for the architectural design of the bridge.

Highways England plans to install noise-reducing barriers along M40 corridor

Highways England (HE) unveiled plans to install new noise-reducing barriers along the M40 corridor sections of the motorway in Buckinghamshire, UK.

The M40 corridor passes near High Wycombe, as well as near the Buckinghamshire villages of Lane End, Stokenchurch and Chepping Wycombe.

Details on the proposed package of measures to cut traffic noise and locations of barriers will be revealed as design progresses.

First carriageway supports laid for Bicentennial Road Bridge in Brisbane, Australia

The first bridge deck units have been successfully installed at the Bicentennial Road interchange in north Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, marking a milestone in the Gateway Upgrade North project.

The $1.162bn project aims to reduce congestion and improve safety on the Gateway Motorway between Nudgee and Bracken Ridge, which carries more than 83,000 vehicles a day.

Installation of the new bridge deck units is a major step towards widening the Gateway Motorway from two to three lanes in each direction between Nudgee and the Deagon Deviation.

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Volvo Buses introduces new pedestrian and cyclist detection system

Swedish bus manufacturer Volvo Buses introduced the Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection System, designed and developed for the bus industry.

The company plans to incorporate the new technology into all its new European city buses that will be rolled next year. Volvo Buses is part of Volvo Group, which manufacturers trucks and buses.

Transport Scotland to contract UK's Amey for A90 Laurencekirk Junction upgrade

National agency Transport Scotland is planning to award a contract to Amey, a UK-based infrastructure support service provider, for the next phase of design for the junction upgrade to the A90 at Laurencekirk.

The contract includes works such as route option assessment and the development of a preferred junction option.

Ontario opens Canada's first High Occupancy Toll lanes

The Ontario Government officially opened Canada’s first High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes, which will help manage congestion for commuters.

The HOT lanes have been opened on 16.5km of the Queen Elizabeth Way highway in both directions, from Trafalgar road in Oakville to Guelph Line in Burlington.

Vehicles with two or more occupants can travel in the lanes for free, while drivers of single-occupant vehicles have to apply to purchase a permit.

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Victorian Government finalises revamp design for Swan Street Bridge

The Government of Victoria in Australia finalised the design for the makeover of the Melbourne icon, the Swan Street Bridge.

Victoria Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan said that the government has selected BKK Architects and awarded them the contract for the architectural design of the bridge.