EU road safety – slight gains
A slow improvement is being seen on Europe’s roads in terms of safety. In 2017, 25,250 people were killed in road crashes in the EU. This represents a 2% reduction from the road death rate for the EU in 2016. However there is concern that progress with road safety is too slow as the road death rate for the EU has fallen by only 3% in the last four years. Of the 32 countries monitored by the PIN Programme, 22 reduced road deaths in 2017 . The best results were achieved by Estonia with a 32% decrease, Luxembourg with 22%, Norway with 21% and Slovenia with 20%. But road deaths increased...
High Friction Surfacing SCRIM® Performance - Mark Stephenson (WDM®)
Mark Stephenson, Head of Consultancy Services at W.D.M. Limited, gave delegates at the Road Surface Treatment Association seminar an insight into the research carried out on the effectiveness of high friction surfacing. WDM® have measured the in-service sideway force coefficient, or wet skidding resistance of HFS, across the UK. The data collected supports the view that HFS provides the best long-term solution for achieving the necessary SCRIM® road survey machine values across the network particularly where a SCRIM® value above 0.5 is required i.e. on approaches to crossings, junctions and roundabouts. Watch the ...
Building for the Future & Saving Lives
W.D.M. Limited, the UK’s leading manufacturer of road surveying equipment, has appointed Ryland Potter as Director of Business Development for a newly-formed US subsidiary, WDM USA. Ryland spent the previous five years as a Managing Director with the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, encouraging new companies to invest in the state. She played an instrumental part in persuading WDM® to set up its US subsidiary in Virginia. “Right from the outset I recognized the opportunity with WDM USA as a chance to build something from the ground up,” she said. “However, the more...
France introduces 80km/h limit on 400,000km of road
The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) have notified that two-lane roads in France have had their default speed limit reduced 90 to 80 km/h since 1 July. Here's what they reported: "The change applies on 40% of the French road network; some 400,000 km of roads are affected by the lower limit. The government says that 350-400 deaths a year could be prevented by the measure. 55% of French road deaths occur on two-lane roads with no separating guard rail. Contact us for more information A new campaign has been launched to communicate the safety benefits of the new speed limit,...
Transport Network Report into Road funding governance
Transport Network have created a report with the new inquiry into the funding and governance of roads across England. Here's some of the key points reported by the Transport Network: "Local roads make up around 98% of the total road network length and carry two-thirds of motor traffic, however they receive much less cash than the strategic network per mile and stuck in a mire of complicated and inefficient funding arrangements." Contact us for more information Chair of the Transport Committee, Lilian Greenwood MP, said: "This plague of potholes represents a major headache for all of us. The consequences of...
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SCRIM® celebrates 50th anniversary
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the SCRIM® road survey vehicle, we shared a SCRIM fact each week during 2017.
Fact #52: In 1990 WDM® was the first to have traffic management employed when SCRIM® measured surface friction of roads in Singapore. Police outriders stopped traffic at junctions to allow the survey to continue without interruption.
WDM® operates a fleet of survey vehicles to provide safe, reliable and cost effective assessment of road conditions.
WDM® systems link road condition data with accidents, structures, customer services, inventory, road maintenance and other data.
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WDM® expertise is widely recognised in the field of pavement, road and highway survey equipment design.
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