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Government cash for traffic light upgrades in Herts and Essex

Hertfordshire and Essex county councils have each been given a £250,000 share in £15m from the Government to improve roads.

The authorities will use the money to upgrade traffic light systems to cut congestion, boost safety and reduce journey times and carbon emissions – a commitment set out in the Conservatives’ recently announced Transport Decarbonisation Plan.

In addition to announcing the funding, the Government has published the findings from a new initiative called the Digital Intelligence Brokerage (DIB), which aims to encourage more work with small and medium enterprises outside of the transport sector and to speed up research into new and innovative ways to fix potholes.

Traffic lights at the Hockerill junction in Bishop's Stortford
Traffic lights at the Hockerill junction in Bishop's Stortford

The DIB has already identified graphite nanoparticles in asphalt to reduce surface cracks, use of bio-bitumen materials to create environmentally-friendly road surfaces which contribute to the decarbonisation of highways maintenance and automated repair operations to minimise risk to road maintenance workers.

This work supports wider Government commitments to use advanced technology, such as drones, to spot defects in roads and 3D printing to repair cracks.

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