Roads and transportation


The Roads and Transportation society is for engineers with an interest in road and rail design, transport planning and traffic engineering.

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Gripping stuff – benefits and specification of high-friction surfacing

High-friction surfacing (HFS), commonly termed ‘anti-skid’, refers to a surface treatment approximately 3-5mm thick that provides enhanced surface skid-resistance for drivers to brake under emergency conditions at hazardous locations. HFS is defined by industry as having a minimum skid-resistance value (SRV) of 65, measured using the portable skid-resistance pendulum tester (as defined in TRL Report 176, Appendix E). Typical locations for HFS installation include approaches to ...

Railway electrification in the UK - powering the future of rail

If you were to step onto High Speed 2 (HS2) in the northern reaches of the UK for a trip to London, it may feel like you were stepping out into a different world. Particularly for passengers departing the serene greenery of York for London’s bustling industrialism, you would be witnessing a significant change in a relatively short amount of time. The same can be said for the journey of railway electrification, which, in the space of 133 years, has gone from a quarter mile of track to the ...

Could we utilise our motorways as a source of renewable energy?

Dear Editor I would be the first to admit that my knowledge of electrical engineering is rather sparse. I once knew Ohm’s Law, but it has long since slipped away from my memory. However, as I understand it, if you pass a magnet over a copper coil, you get a flow of electricity. The notion that struck me whilst navigating the M50 was this: if all motor vehicles were to be fitted with magnets, and a copper cable were to be buried in the road surface, would that produce electricity? I ...

Twenty years of the M4 Motorway: construction challenges and economic benefits

Author: Paul MacDonald MIEI, CEng, executive engineer/training officer, Kildare National Roads Office The M4 Leixlip-Maynooth-Kilcock Motorway Scheme is the primary road linking Dublin to the west and northwest of Ireland. It is located in the north of Co Kildare, running in parallel with the Royal Canal. The M4 Leixlip-Maynooth-Kilcock Motorway Scheme was proposed in the Road Development Plan for the 1980s (1979) and the Policy and Planning Framework for Roads (1985). The need for the ...

The Trans-European Transport Network: developing Europe’s motorways 1950-1990

Author: Paul MacDonald, Kildare National Roads Office The Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) is a combined road, rail and maritime transport network which integrates the European Union. It was initiated in the 1990s with the unification of Europe and was developed from the existing transport infrastructure with the motorway network being an important element of the TEN-T transport network. The development of Europe’s motorway network commenced on an experimental basis in the ...

Growth and transformation: opportunities and challenges in Britain's railways

  Author: Chris Kinchin-Smith, chair of the railway division of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. This article summarises the key points from the address I gave in March at Engineers Ireland, Clyde Road Transformation of Britain’s passenger railways I started work for British Rail in 1968, in the workshops in Derby, prior to being sponsored through university. Since that time I have been fortunate to have been involved with many projects and other opportunities that have ...

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