Robo cone layers go live on Kier road job

Grant Prior 4 weeks ago
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Automated cone laying vehicles are being used for the first time on live road jobs.

The move follows extensive off-road testing of the machines which avoid the need for two people to manually lift and drop cones.

The vehicles are being used on the A5 and M54 in Shropshire with further testing set to take place on the M4 in Berkshire.

They are operated solely by the driver therefore improving safety and freeing up two workers to carry out other tasks.

Two vehicles have been developed. The first, created by Highway Care, is being trialled on the Highways England road network.

The second, developed by competitor King Highway Products, is currently undergoing testing in Holland and will shortly be trialled off-road in the UK.

Highways England Head of Lean and Continuous Improvement Martin Bolt, who oversees the project, said: “The implications of these vehicles in protecting the safety of workers are immense and we are delighted that testing is progressing so well.

“By taking the human element out of laying cones we are eliminating one of the greatest risks for road workers.

“We have received a lot of support from the industry as a whole for the automated vehicle and we are now getting some very positive feedback from those workers who have been trialling the Highways Care prototype on the live roads network.

“If this testing proves as successful as we anticipate it will, motorists could be spotting more of these automated cone laying vehicles on the roads by the end of the year.”

Kier General Foreman Stuart Pegg, who used the vehicle to put out traffic management on the A5, said: “It was great to be invited to participate in this ground-breaking advancement in traffic management.

“We have ironed out a few initial teething problems and I found the automated cone laying vehicle easy to use. It performed above my personal expectations.”

Experts from Highways England, Kier, HW Martin Traffic Management and competitors Highway Care and King Highway Products are working together in a collaborative effort on the programme.

Highways England are funding the development and establishing a minimum standard while the companies themselves are developing the vehicles.

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