Revolutionising roads

Background

We know we need to keep innovating to improve experiences on the road, while still getting people where they need to go, safely and reliably. New technologies are helping us revolutionise the roads experience for our customers. This includes using autonomous construction equipment to reduce delay, and supporting the introduction of connected vehicles for more efficient journeys.

The initiatives

Autonomous equipment, like our pioneering cone-laying vehicles, is reducing roadworks disruption and enhancing safety for our customers. The cone-laying vehicles take away the need for cones to be manually placed on busy roads, meaning we can open and close lanes more safely.

We’re also exploring how road infrastructure and vehicles can talk to each other. ‘Connected roads’ will have technology installed alongside them to gather information about traffic and travel, to better inform our customers and support their journeys. When sent directly to connected vehicles, this information can warn drivers about incidents and lane closures ahead, changes to speed limits and much more.

The results

We’re entering a ‘roads revolution’. A time when technological changes could drastically change not only our country’s transport network and roads, but even our concept of mobility. Our innovation and research activities are allowing us to look to the future so that we can predict and respond to the evolving needs of our customers.

Revolutionising roads

In 2020, we invested:

  • £1.15 million on projects involving connected and autonomous vehicles
  • £1.65 million on projects supporting customer mobility
  • £20.2 million to improve how we design and maintain our network
  • £3.34 million to develop solutions to reduce energy consumption and improve the environment
  • £11.6 million to give our customers a better road experience using real-time data