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Alternative Gantry Lighting Technology

Background During a project to replace overhead sign gantry lighting we decided to look at alternative lighting solutions. Solution As part of the project we started to look at the possibility of lengthening the life span of current lighting arrangements while meeting stringent specifications for motorway gantry signage. Working with manufacturer Urbis/Schreder we identified a […]

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iDashboards for Managing Maintenence

Background Re-shaping the maintenance strategy through data intelligence led approach to soft estate asset management. Solution As part of our continuous improvement cycle we applied lean tools and techniques to soft estate asset management. This was aimed at driving out waste from the process, developing an enhanced maintenance strategy aligned to whole life maintenance, resilient […]

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M1 J24 Unique Pinch Point Scheme

Background A-one+ identified an innovative and sustainable improvement of the M1 at junction 24 to overcome severe congestion at the intersection which had traffic queuing on all approaches and regularly affecting the mainline M1 carriageway.   Solution Analysis of the junction showed that heavy congestion was largely as a result of significant traffic flow from […]

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Low Temperature Asphalt Demonstration

Background Investigating the viability and benefits of using warm mix asphalt on the strategic road network. Solution A-one+ collaborated with Lafarge Tarmac on a specific trial project on the A46 at Cossington with the aim of formally recording feasibility of use. This project marked the first time that low temperature asphalt was trialled on the […]

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JuMP Mentoring

Background Aiming to attract, develop and retain the best talent within the industry. Solution Junior and Mid-level Professionals network UK (JuMP) is a multi-faceted approach to skills development. JuMP is run by a network of volunteer colleagues within A-one+ whose parent company is CH2M and with support of senior managers. The scheme was created in […]

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IPV No Strikes Driver Education Programme

Background Between June 2009 and December 2013 A-one+ experienced eight road user strikes on our Impact Protection Vehicles (IPV) while our operatives were working in the live carriageway. Solution The IPV is used on the majority of our work. The rear mounted crash cushion is designed to gradually absorb impact energy and protect our operatives […]

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Employee Recognition ‘ The Grits’

Background An employee survey identified that feeling valued was a key driver for improving engagement. We had an employee of the month scheme and our parent companies provided differing reward schemes. We decided to investigate the motivators highlighted in the survey to develop a bespoke scheme appropriate to the unique A-one+ arrangement. Solution The GRIT […]

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Customer Hub

Background Recognising the importance of placing customer needs at the centre of service delivery A-one+ looked to find a way to pro-actively manage, protect and improve customer experience across all aspects of delivery. Solution We created ¬†a dedicated Customer Hub in 2011 and in 2014 key personnel from Highways England joined the hub to provide […]

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Bluetooth Traffic Management

Background After experiencing a number of delays and congestion while working on a resurfacing scheme we wondered if there was a better way of informing road users in real time. Solution Working with Rennicks MTS, A-one+ carried out operational trials of Bluetooth-enabled traffic management on a resurfacing scheme where there is no overhead gantry signage. […]

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Biomass Harvesting Trials

Background A-one+ takes pride in its corporate social responsibility and is always seeking to provide sustainable solutions to minimise environmental impact both in the services we deliver and in our work place behaviours. Our integrated working delivery group responsible for sustainable solutions tasks itself with sourcing, testing and implementing a range of initiatives to address; […]

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Barrier Master

Background The most common type of Vehicle Restraint System (VRS) seen on UK Highways are steel beams mounted on steel posts which are driven into the ground or set in concrete foundations These barriers are frequently damaged requiring repair or removal. Post removal is a very high risk activity and each year we carry out […]

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Remote Controlled Site Access Gates

Background Traditional traffic management layouts at road closures use manually operated plastic barriers. The operative responsible for enforcement manually opens the gate to allow site access to works vehicles. Historically we have experienced a number of near misses where members of the public attempt to enter a road closure, putting the lives of our road […]

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4G Camera Traffic Control

Background A-one+ is responsible for maintenance on some of the busiest sections of trunk roads in England. Our Enhanced Network Control Centre (ENCC) aims to tackle delays and provide a better service for the travelling public when clearing¬†congestion on the network and communicating delays. Solution Following a successful trial using cameras to monitor traffic flow […]

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