Innovations are ingrained in Highway Care's history. We constantly strive to develop solutions and designs to help the highways industry move forward and keep road workers and motorists safe.

SwiftGate Automated Taper System

The SwiftGate is an automated taper system, being developed with our partners Versilis and Kier. It is designed to reduce risks by removing the need for road workers manually installing traffic management for road and lane closures. The SwiftGate pivots horizontally and offers increased visibility using a high surface of reflective material and LED lighting.


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Automated Cone Laying Machine

Cones are often used to create a taper to inform road users and road workers of essential improvements or maintenance being carried out on busy routes. With motorways in particular, when traffic is thundering past, putting out cones can be frightening and dangerous for workers.


There is also the risk of injury, due to operatives lifting around 10 tonnes of equipment each shift and twisting their bodies whilst doing so. By having an automated cone laying machine, just one worker is operating in a live traffic lane (to drive the vehicle) rather than three. These skilled workers are then freed up to work on other important parts of highways projects, another benefit to this process being automated. 

Highway Care carried out a trial in February 2020 with Highways England and Kier to gauge industry feedback. Further trials were carried out with maintenance in July 2020, with road trials due late 2020 and a view to deploying the machine in 2021.

To find out more or express an interest in the Automated Cone Laying Machine please call us on:

+44 (0)344 840 0088 or email

ACLM trial video