Highway Care, Kier and Highways England’s award entry for the Automated Cone laying Machine (#ALCM) has been shortlisted for the Highways UK 2020 Civils and Materials Innovation Competition in the safety category. Highways UK will be a virtual event with the Civils and Materials Hub taking place on "Materials Monday" 2nd November.
The ultimate objective of the ACLM is to revolutionise TM across the highways network, remove the workforce from harm and make the task both quicker and more efficient, with a collaborative project team working for the benefit of end-users and road worker safety.
In addition, the project team like many others, has dealt with the impact of Coronavirus in a crucial stage of project delivery. The impacts were felt widely across the team, with technical teams based across Europe, with technical meetings switching to remote settings and technology development and testing taking into account social distancing and shift working to ensure on-time delivery.
The Civils and Materials Innovation Hub, sponsored by AECOM, focuses on innovative solutions used in the construction and maintenance of highways including physical products, components, systems, processes and materials.
Highways UK are particularly looking for innovations that have the potential to be trialled on a UK road within the next 6-18 months. This is exactly the case with the ACLM, which is out on the road currently being trialled, on the strategic road network on both the A5 and M54 in Shropshire. Further testing is set to take place on the M4 in Berkshire later this month.
Speaking about the shortlisting of the ACLM award entry, Highways England Head of Lean and Continuous Improvement Martin Bolt said:
"This project is a fantastic example of how collaboration can bring innovation from our supply chain forward to enhance the safety of the workforce.
While previous attempts have failed for a number of reasons, this project has set realistic aspirations and set the standards for others to follow. It has been a pleasure to be a part of the team that has achieved a new benchmark for safety".