TMS now has the following new courses available for 2011. All courses will be held at training venues in Coventry. Road Restraints and Passive Safety Streetscape and Road Safety Road Safety Audit Awareness Operational Highway Safety Statistics in Road Safety Installing and
The number of people killed in road accidents reported to the police has increased, by 3 per cent, from 1,850 in 2010 to 1,901 in 2011. Just under half (46 per cent) of all fatalities were car occupants, nearly a quarter (24 per cent) were pedestrians, while motorcyclists accounted for just under a fifth (19 per cent) of all fatalities.
TMS is one of the few training providers that deliver the IHE accredited, five day, Highway Inspectors Modular Training Course.
Since October 2011 TMS have now trained 319 Highway Inspectors for local authorities and consultants across the UK. These inspectors are now eligible to have their names entered onto the National Register of Highway Inspectors maintained by IHE.
TMS has recently been commissioned to carry out an assessment of existing school crossing patrol sites throughout a London Borough area. The aims of the assessment are to confirm that criteria to justify the presence of a school crossing patrol officer are still being met, and to
TMS is now in its third year of running half day CPD courses at Birmingham City Council.
The courses are run six times a year at Sutton Coldfield Neighbourhood Office, and cover a range of topics including highway and traffic design, highways maintenance, legal aspects of highways work, and road safety issues such as safety audit and safety in design.
TMS is currently involved in auditing various major road schemes in several parts of the world. These large scale road safety audits are keeping the Engineers busy as vast amounts of information have to be reviewed over quite short and challenging timescales.
TMS has recently been commissioned to develop an Impact Protection Strategy for Essex County Council. The aim of this strategy is to ensure the consistent provision of road restraint systems and passively safe roadside products on the highway network throughout the County. The strategy
"The original Manual for Streets was limited in scope to design considerations related to lightly-trafficked residential streets but now a companion volume, Manual for Streets 2, has been published to expand the thinking of the first design guide to encompass a far wider range o
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TMS has recently received formal accreditation for a training course specifically designed for Highway Inspectors. The course, which covers all aspects of Highway Inspections, was originally developed with Birmingham City Council and how now received approval from national awarding
TMS has recently completed the pre-opening Stage 3 road safety audit of the mainline improvements of the N25 South Ring Road Improvements in Cork. The main aim of the scheme was to provide grade separation of two junctions along the route (Sarsfield Road and Bandon Road roundabouts)
The new 22km M18 motorway, with a total scheme budget of €207 million, opened on Friday 12th November 2010, nine months ahead of schedule. The scheme represents the completion of another section of the Atlantic Corridor, and links in with the N18 Ennis Bypass Motorway, which
Road Safety Auditors have been criticised for standing in the way of innovative streets designs. But Malcolm Bulpitt from TMS, the author of the first ever road safety audit guidelines, tells Andrew Forster from LTT that a good auditor won't stand in the way of change - so long as
TMS recently reached a significant milestone in the company's Road Safety Audit history; the 11,000th Road Safety Audit has been carried out by auditors Harminder Aulak and Andy Coleman. Over the last 23 years TMS has developed an extensive client profile with numerous Loca
TMS is part way through teaching the first Road Safety Audit Certificate of Competency course in Europe. The course syllabus was adopted by the National Roads Authority (NRA) in June, and the course is being hosted and academically verified by University College Dublin. The
Over recent years, Lancaster University has expanded with new teaching, research, college and residential facilities, and a new Sports Centre has recently been opened on the access road into the Campus. At the University, it is an on-going objective to provide and maintain safe and .
This article reviews the current trend for the removal of pedestrian guardrail. The new Department for Transport Guidance, Local Transport Note 2/09 - Pedestrian Guardrailing, is very comprehensive but the procedures suggested may be too onerous for many smaller local authorities
Mark Steventon from TMS recently wrote an article surrounding the accessibility issues faced by people on a daily basis throughout the UK and Ireland. The article titled 'Making Spaces Accessible for Everybody' was published in 'Transport and the Urban Environment' and provided
David Cameron has said he wants to start a "cycling revolution", and he has promised £77million investment in cycle schemes in 8 cities including Manchester, Leeds and Birmingham, together with a further £14million investment in schemes in National Parks including Dartmoor
TMS, in conjunction with UK Roads, has recently run the third in a series of successful seminars to launch the Passive Safety Guidelines. The most recent seminar was held on 23rd September at Old Trafford, the home of Lancashire County Cricket Club. The event was hosted by the North
TMS recently carried out a Stage 3 (post-opening) Road Safety Audit of public realm improvements along The Broadway and Arnsberg Way for the London Borough of Bexley. The scheme consists of shared space areas using high quality materials, the provision of low level median islands to
TMS has recently been awarded the Road Safety Audit contract by Stoke-on-Trent City Council. TMS was invited by the Council to submit a tender proposal for the provision of Road Safety Audit Services at Stages, 1, 2, 3 and 4. The RSA commission involves the undertaking of Road
For the second year running, the Chartered Institution has been presented with a coveted Prince Michael International Road Safety Award. In December, the award was made to CIHT in recognition of its newly published Road Safety Audit guidelines. Representatives from CIHT attended an
Steve Proctor, Director of TMS, recently presented Tristan Hall of Warwickshire County Council with his Certificate of Competence following Tristan's successful completion of the TMS/RoSPA qualification. Tristan obtained the qualification after attending the June 2010 two week RoSPA
The Isle of Wight Council had a vision to become a world renowned Eco-Island where its residents and visitors can enjoy healthy lives and feel safe. With safety as one of its key prerogatives, when the Council decided to reorganise its school system, closing some facilities and
TMS attended the Society of Road Safety Auditors (SoRSA) Conference in June 2013 at the Crown Plaza hotel in Birmingham. The conference is an annual gathering of professionals in the field of road safety auditing and allows delegates to network and share knowledge on current best
TMS has now published the research they carried out for Manual for Streets 2. The pdf document, entitled "Research for MfS2: High Risk Collision Sites and Y Distance Visibility", is available from 29th September 2010 for free download. The publication of the research coincides with
The Irish financial crisis was a topical subject last year (and the Government crisis more recently) with everyone talking about the doom and gloom in the Republic of Ireland. For me, this is a shame, as my perception of the country is a little different
Steve Proctor, Director of TMS, made a presentation at the recent Abu Dhabi International Road Safety Forum on 21st May 2013. Steve was speaking on the subject of Road Safety Inspections in Saudi Arabia. He made a joint presentation with Eng. Khalaf Aldalbahy, Deputy Director of
Over 40 delegates from UK private and public sector companies, together with around 20 industry sponsors took part in the second 'Designing Safer Roads' seminar in June 2010. The event took place at Stratford's Swan's Nest Hotel. The day comprised a morning conference chaired by TMS
Under EC Directive 2008/96/EC and Highways Agency IAN152/11 all Road Safety Audits carried out on the Trunk Road and Motorway network from December 2013 in the UK must be undertaken with an approved audit team with at least one team member having an approved Certificate of Competency
Four delegates on the June RoSPA Road Safety Engineering course elected to take the "certificate of competency" qualification now being offered by TMS/RoSPA. This involved the delegates undertaking an examination at the end of the first week of the course, and submitting an individual
TMS is about to deliver the 6th Irish Certificate of Competency course for Road Safety Auditors and Inspectors. This course, like the five previous courses, will be held at UCD in Clonskeagh, Dublin. By the end of June 2013 over 170 Engineers will have undertaken the Irish Cert Comp
Phase 1 of the Stoke-on-Trent City Centre Public Realm Improvement was completed recently and TMS were commissioned to carry out the Stage 3 Road Safety Audit. Phase 1 of the works included the extension of the pedestrianised zone into Tontine Street and Percy Street. This was a small
TMS is pleased to announce that a NEW Road Safety Engineering Ireland course will take place this Autumn, in partnership with University College Dublin. Candidates who successfully undertake the Professional Certificate in Road Safety Audit will be awarded a Certificate of Competence
In June 2010, TMS undertook a Detailed Design Safety Audit of the A73/A74 Interchange in Venlo, Netherlands. This interchange would connect to a new motorway route from Germany, and provide a 'missing road link' in the road infrastructure. The interchange would be free-flowing and
TMS travelled north of the border recently to Loch Lomond, Scotland to undertake a Stage 1 Road Safety Audit on an ambitious scheme to widen a section of the A82 on Loch Lomond's western shore. At present the A82 is signal controlled over a short section around a headland near the
TMS has an extensive client base, ranging from single person consultancy firms through to multinational companies and large government departments. This time TMS carried out a safety assessment for a well known client; The Home Office in London. The Home Office representatives
Regent Circus, Swindon, is a proposed "shared space" improvement scheme which forms the main pedestrian link between the re-development of former Swindon College site and the town centre. The part of the scheme addressed by this Quality Audit concerns the area of public .
A-One+, Halcrow's joint venture with Colas and Costain, were awarded the Highways Agency's Area 7 MAC contract. The contract covered the HA's roads in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Rutland. A-One+ needed temporary help to resource the
The road safety audit workload at TMS has picked up considerably in recent months. In the coming weeks, we'll have safety auditors criss-crossing the country, with safety audits in all areas, ranging from motorway projects near Glasgow, through to development improvements in Bodmin
TMS have recently moved offices to a different building within the University of Warwick Science Park. TMS are no longer located at the Vanguard Centre and are now in a ground floor office (Unit 1B) within Sovereign Court 2.
In May 2010, TMS were involved in exhibiting at Living Spaces - The 15th Annual Quality Streetscapes Conference; BETTER STREETS BETTER PLACES. This was a national one day conference held at 15 Hatfields in London. The conference attracted a wide range of delegates from public agencies
In light of recent discussion regarding the effectiveness and suitability of pedestrian guardrail, TMS were recently asked to carry out a Road Safety Audit on the possible removal of guardrail at a staggered Pelican crossing. The crossing is located on a busy road close to several
TMS continues to provide a series of road safety courses for London Borough, TfL, Metropolitan and City Police staff as part of the Pan London Road Safety training initiative. TMS Associate, Malcolm Bulpitt (pictured left), discusses vulnerable road user issues with delegates in
The Municipality of Abu Dhabi has recently introduced a Road Safety Audit standard based on the UK's HD 19/03 standard, in order to try and reduce the number of collisions occurring on its roads. To assist with their new requirement, TMS provided Road Safety Engineering and Road
West Sussex County Council recently recommended TMS to the governors of Worth School, a private school based at Worth Abbey near Crawley, to carry out a Safety Assessment of the internal traffic management and pedestrian provision. The school had recently carried out improvements to
TMS were recently asked to carry out the Stage 2 Road Safety Audit of the A8 improvement between Belfast and Larne in Northern Ireland, the last remaining section of single carriageway road along the A8. The scheme consisted of upgrading a 14km section of existing single carriageway
TMS and Passive Safety UK have just completed the first of a series of Passive Safety seminars in Durham. The event, which took place on 27th April 2010 at Durham County Hall was a huge success with over 70 delegates attending and 14 exhibitors demonstrating a range of passively safe
Two TMS Engineers (Harminder Aulak and Robert Cyples) recently travelled to Qatar to carry out a road safety audit on a large development site in Doha, Qatar. The London to Doha flight is a regular route travelled by TMS Engineers to carry out safety audits and assessments in the
In April 2010, TMS were commissioned by the multinational company AECOM, to carry out a preliminary design safety audit on a major highway scheme in Doha, Qatar. Qatar is currently in the process of adopting road safety audit procedures as part of the design process for major road
TMS Director Steve Proctor and Associate Martin Belcher have both been appointed as expert technical advisors to the EC "SaferBrain" project which started in December 2009 and runs throughout 2010 and 2011. The project aims to examine successful road safety engineering interventions in
For the second time, TMS has been awarded the Road Safety Audit contract (3 years) for West Sussex County Council. For this contract TMS will be carrying out Road Safety Audits, at all stages, on a variety of schemes throughout West Sussex. For the Council, TMS has already carried
TMS Director, Steve Proctor, met recently with fellow trustees of the GreenSafe Foundation, a registered charity dedicated to promoting independent research into road safety issues. Pictured at the launch are Steve, together with GrenSafe's Mike Mounfield, Jacob's Kate Carpenter, and
Cycling continues to be in the headlines, with the DfT announcing funds to improve facilities for cyclists across the country. Brighton and Hove recently introduced a "hybrid" cycle lane on Old Shoreham Road. This experimental scheme involved the construction of a low edge cycle lane
In recent months there has been a welcome increase in project work for TMS. Some of the work included: Two projects for West Sussex County Council included an accident investigation and prevention study of a gyratory system in Chichester and a safety review of proposed 20mph speed
On Friday 19th March 2010, TMS unveiled its brand new website. The new web site also coincides with a major re-brand for TMS to celebrate 20 years as a leading independent traffic and road safety consultancy. TMS is passionate about providing safer roads for everyone so we welcome
Over the past 10 years we have introduced a large number of passively safe signs on the road network. TMS has analysed national single vehicle loss of control collisions over this period to look for trends in the data. Given the increase in the number of passively safe signs, one might
The European Directive on Road Infrastructure Management requires that by 2013 road safety auditors working on the trans European Road Network (TERN) will need to undergo road safety engineering training resulting in the award of a "certificate of competence". From June 2010 RoSPA/
TMS and Birmingham City Council are working together to develop and deliver a series of training modules for highway inspectors and road maintenance supervisors (the Highway Inspectors Modular Training and Assessment Certificate, or IMTAC). The training includes an assessment
TMS continues to expand its Middle Eastern portfolio with numerous road safety audits on schemes in Qatar. Nothing is done on a small scale, with major infrastructure projects being developed across the country, including multilevel expressways and metro systems. Site visits require
TMS staff regularly travel to Heathrow to catch flights to various countries to deliver training courses and carry out road safety audits and project work. Recently, two engineers went to Heathrow without any passports or boarding cards, but to carry out a Road Safety Audit of works
TMS is working with the Vehicle Safety Research Centre (VSRC) at the University of Loughborough on a Department of Transport funded research study into motorcycle collisions with roadside objects. The study uses the On the Spot (OTS) collision database to identify locations, objects .
On the 5th March 2010, TMS carried out its 9000th Road Safety Audit!! Over the last 20 years TMS has carried out Road Safety Audits for a diverse range of clients all over the UK, Ireland and internationally. TMS has recently been successful in winning the Safety Audit contract for
As part of a series of traffic and safety studies carried out on behalf of Lancaster University, TMS has recently completed a de-cluttering study across the university campus that has resulted in the removal of over 70 items of unnecessary street furniture around the campus main roads
TMS and RSN Associates have recently launched a new two-day course: 'Delivering Road Safety in the Future'. It is aimed at road safety professionals who have already attended the Phase 2 course or who have at least three years experience. The fundamental aim of the course is to
TMS attended the official opening of Sustrans Cycle Route 52 on 26th October 2012. The route links Kenilworth with the University of Warwick, where the TMS offices are located. The new route offers a traffic free environment for people travelling between Kenilworth and the University,
In November this year, Dumfries and Galloway Council became the first Scottish Roads Authority to take up the Lantra Awards accredited 5-day training course for Road Safety Inspectors, provided by TMS. 12 D&G Road Safety Inspectors successfully completed the course, spread over
TMS in conjunction with 'Passive Safety UK' has launched a new training seminar 'Designing Safer Roadsides'. The format of this seminar includes workshops and an interactive exhibition. This workshop style event will give attendees the opportunity to consider and address some of the
TMS has recently delivered Traffic Management Training to the entire surface transportation team at Gatwick Airport. The team are responsible for all aspects of traffic safety and management on the Airport's public road network serving the terminals, car parks as well as delivery and
For the third year running, TMS exhibited at the Road Safety Expo conference which took place in November 2009. This is an annual event which was held at the QEII Conference Centre, London. Road Safety Expo is a comprehensive conference and exhibition for professionals in road safety
In February 2010, TMS were involved in exhibiting on the 75th Annual Road Safety Congress, which was held in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. This is the second year TMS has exhibited at the RoSPA Congress. This was an excellent opportunity for TMS to showcase their new company
TMS has recently completed two projects in Chichester for West Sussex County Council. The first was an accident investigation study of the Northgate gyratory near the city centre. The gyratory has a high proportion of pedestrian and pedal cycle casualties and the Council is keen to
TMS have recently undertaken a Stage 3 Road Safety Audit on an experimental pedestrian and cycle scheme on Old Shoreham Road, Hove on behalf of Brighton and Hove City Council. The scheme involved reclaiming former carriageway space (Old Shoreham Road was previously two lanes in both
It has recently been confirmed that TMS have been successful in their tender for the West Sussex County Council Safety Audit contract. This is a three year contract for the Council and TMS will be involved in carrying out the majority of their Safety Audit work at all stages for a
TMS has recently introduced two NEW training initiatives in order to help clients adopt a more flexible approach to training in these difficult financial times. RoSPA Modular Road Safety Engineering courseFirstly, TMS are offering a non-residential, modular version of the 10 day RoSPA
TMS has been accredited by Lantra Awards to deliver a new 2 day Temporary Traffic Management safety course. TMS, well known for delivering traffic safety and traffic management training courses to the public and private sectors in the UK and Ireland, are also specialists in road
TMS is one of the few training providers that deliver the new IHE accredited Highway Inspectors Modular Training course. Since we started delivering the course one year ago, we have trained 110 highway inspectors for local authorities across the country. These inspectors are now
TMS has recently been awarded a contract to manage and provide road safety training for the Devon Road Safety Academy. This involves provision of training courses for staff working for Devon Country Council and its road safety partners including Fire and Rescue and the Police. The
Recently a 50mph speed limit enforced by SPECS was introduced at the eastern end of the A127 in Essex. It is likely that there will be increasing pressure to extend this speed restriction along the whole length of the A127 that is managed by Essex County Council. Therefore the Safety
TMS were recently commissioned to undertake a series of detailed design stage Road Safety Audits in the Republic of Ireland. Despite the financial struggles in Ireland some schemes are still receiving the go ahead, with TMS subsequently being asked to carry out Road Safety Audits. The
In June 2012 TMS carried out Stage 1 Road Safety Audits on two brand new proposed expressways in Doha, Qatar, on behalf of Parsons International Ltd. The new expressways will form part of the ever expanding road infrastructure around the periphery of Doha and throughout the rest of
TMS in partnership with GreenSafe has recently completed a study into the correlations between SCRIM measurements and actual collision data throughout the HA Area 7, on behalf of A-one+
TMS has recently been involved in three projects to promote best practice in road safety with international audiences. On 25 June, together with Coventry City Council, TMS hosted a study tour to demonstrate some of the public realm works in the City of Coventry. The students, most of .
TMS and City of Bath College have launched a new joint training initiative for 2010. This will see the City of Bath College's very popular Highways Open Tech distance learning courses being delivered and taught in modular form by TMS, as an expansion to their current traffic management
In early 2012, TMS was commissioned by Toyota Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd to carry out a safety assessment of the traffic management arrangements within the car parks at their site in Burnaston, Derbyshire. The assessment was instigated as part of the company's health and safety
TMS recently took part in a programme of Road Safety Inspections (RSI) encompassing 10 sites within the City of Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The RSI was jointly commissioned by the International Road Federation (IRF) and the Municipality of Riyadh Region. The 10 selected sites
At a ceremony held in University College Dublin on 11 June, Prof Gerry Byrne, Principal of the College of Engineering and Architecture, awarded certificates of competency to successful students from a recent TMS Consultancy Irish Cert Comp course. The photos show Prof Byrne awarding
There are some major changes coming up with respect to qualifications for Road Safety Auditors in the UK. In the future, auditors will require a "Certificate of Competency", and in February 2012 TMS Consultancy obtained Highways Agency Approval to award Certificates of
TMS, in conjunction with Phil Jones Associates, continues to pioneer the principle of Quality Auditing around the UK. Quality Audits in Bristol, Cheshire, Blackpool have been completed, and are on-going in Hereford, Leek, Croydon and Solihull. Types of schemes audited vary
In line with current drives to remove unnecessary "clutter" in the public realm, TMS has recently completed a "de-cluttering" study around the main campus at Lancaster University. The objective was to improve the University environment by the removal of visual
TMS has completed an intensive 10 day traffic management course for the Metropolitan Police. The course covered a wide range of topics including: Traffic management policySources of guidanceTraffic signs and road markingsPedestrian facilitiesCycling facilitiesLegislation and legal
TMS has completed an extensive series of seminars throughout central and eastern Europe, delivering training materials commissioned by the Global Road Safety Partnership as part of the European Commission funded SOL project. Seminars were held in Italy, Slovenia, Slovakia, Czech
TMS has recently completed the detailed design road safety audit on a section of the South Ring Road in Cork, on behalf of RPS Consulting. The main aim of the scheme is to grade separate two junctions along the route (Sarsfield Road and Bandon Road roundabouts) which currently suffer
TMS has become the first UK training provider to offer an official Highways Agency Approved Certificate of Competency in Road Safety Audit, when their Keeping up to Date two day course was approved by the HA in February 2012. The first course ran on 8-9 February 2012 in Coventry when
TMS has undertaken a Train the Trainer Road Safety Workshop in Budapest, Hungary, as part of the European Commission funded SOL (Save Our Lives) project. The workshop was attended by delegates from 8 central and eastern European countries and observers from Cambodia and Vietnam. The
TMS hosted a road user behaviour seminar on 10 January at the Chase Hotel in Coventry. The event was attended by over 45 practitioners and academics from across the UK, and was designed to give opportunities for discussion of new ideas relating to road users. George Dunbar, a
Following a successful pilot course held in Lanarkshire (see news item 31st May 2011) TMS have now delivered further workplace transport safety training for key operational and safety management staff of the Lothian NHS Board in Edinburgh. This two-day course, which includes an
TMS has just completed a project for the Public Works Department (PWD) of the Republic of Cyprus, in response to the training requirements of the European Directive on Road Infrastructure Safety Management. Ten engineers from Cyprus attended a five day course put together by TMS in
In August 2011 TMS carried out a Stage 1 Road Safety Audit of the concept design for surrounding roads for the New Qatar National Museum, in Doha, on behalf of Parsons International Ltd. The new museum promises to be another iconic architectural masterpiece in the State of Qatar, and
TMS has been awarded a contract to produce six training packages and will be working closely with GRSP in Geneva and Budapest to deliver the work. The work involves writing training packages on a range of subjects including speed management, drink driving, child road safety, and
This week has seen TMS reach a significant milestone in the company's Road Safety Audit history; the 10,000th Road Safety Audit has been carried out by auditors Darren Newbold and Robert Cyples. Over the last 21 years TMS has developed an extensive client profile with numerous Local
TMS and Phil Jones Associates have recently been commissioned by Blackpool Council to carry out a Post Scheme Quality and Access Audit of the public realm, associated with a scheme recently implemented as part of Blackpool's Promenade Movement Strategy. In addition to the combined
TMS has recently completed road safety audits at pre-tender stage on two national road schemes near Mullingar in Ireland. N4 The Downs The first audit was on the "N4 The Downs" project, which is an on-line improvement of 5.5km of dual carriageway. The current road has numerous central .
TMS has recently launched a series of training courses which are London based, starting from September 2011. The courses will take place in excellent conference facilities in Central London. These training courses are all designed to provide high quality Continuing Professional
TMS has just completed a two day course for Worcestershire County Council for Instructors involved in "Bikeability". The objective of the course was to teach the Instructors how to carry out site based risk assessments for that part of the training where Instructors teach
Steve Proctor, Director of TMS, was a co-signatory to the letter printed in The Times newspaper on 11th July 2011. The letter, signed by four former Road Safety Ministers, and a number of professionals working in the field, welcomes the recent reduction in casualty numbers, but
TMS has recently completed its final (post construction) road safety audit of a major junction improvement scheme in Derby. The A6/A5111 Raynesway junction has been grade separated to replace the previous at-grade roundabout. This is to facilitate a commercial park development nearby.
TMS Director Steve Proctor recently returned from a two week trip to Malta in which he undertook an intensive road safety training course on behalf of staff working for Transport Malta. The two week course included classroom training in road safety engineering and safety audit and a
A number of new courses have been added to our Irish training course programme to complement some of the old favourites. The first courses in May were well received and more are planned for June, July and later in the year. For more information on the road safety and traffic related
TMS were approached recently to develop a new training course for a large Health Sector client aimed at enabling key staff to undertake Workplace Transport Safety Assessments. The two-day course, which includes an assessed operational site visit and report was succesfully piloted last .
TMS are carrying out a Safety Audit on a major road scheme in the rapidly expanding city of Doha. TMS are working for AECOM on the The Al-Muntazah Street Extension scheme, which will cater for the high traffic volumes associated with the Barwa Commercial and Barwa City Developments in
When Surrey Police wanted to further their 'Drive SMART' campaign to educate drivers and crack down on anti-social driving by equipping local parish councils in the Guildford borough with portable vehicle-activated speed limit signs, who else would they ask to provide highway safety
TMS has been asked to write local Road Safety Audit procedures for Buckinghamshire County Council. The procedures will look specifically at how the Council undertakes audits on local roads, and will build on the advice provided in the CIHT Road Safety Audit Guidelines. The objective
Aston University is holding a Road Safety Audit conference on 7th April with speakers discussing safety audit in Europe and the Far East, and the UK response to the Decade of Action on Road Safety. Steve Proctor, Director of TMS will be speaking at the conference regarding
TMS is launching a street de-cluttering service that could involve carrying out audits aimed at rationalising signing and street furniture, and could also involve providing advice to designers of new schemes to ensure that signing and other street furniture is kept to an absolute
In order to reduce the number of collisions on its roads the Municipality of Abu Dhabi introduced a Road Safety Audit standard, based on the UK's HD19/03, in 2010 which requires all new highway schemes to be safety audited. To assist with this requirement, TMS provided Road Safety
TMS is pleased to announce that 28 Road Safety Auditors have now been awarded a Certificate of Competency as a result of attending the professional certificate in Road Safety Audit course which took place at University College Dublin in the autumn of 2010. This vocational course
For the third year running, TMS exhibited at the new format RoSPA Congress which was held at Maple House in Birmingham on 15th February 2011. The one-day seminar titled "Road Safety in a time of reduced public spending" was attended by delegates from Local Authorities, Fire
The European Directive on Road Infrastructure Safety Management (2008/96/CE) requires that Road Safety Auditors operating on the Trans European Road Network undertake an initial training resulting in the award of a Certificate of Competency (Article 9, para 2). New Auditors can obtain
On 25th January 2011, TMS were involved in exhibiting at the 2nd Annual Shared Spaces Conference. This was a one day conference held at 15 Hatfields in London. The conference attracted a wide range of delegates from public agencies to private developers, transport planners and place
TMS has recently been commissioned to carry out a traffic management study and workplace transport risk assessment at a school for autistic children in the West Midlands. The school is set in 58 acres of rural parkland, and specialises in the care of children and young people with
TMS and Phil Jones Associates have been commissioned to provide a Quality Audit of two public realm schemes. The two schemes, one being a future super-hospital in Bristol and one being an urban regeneration project in Cheshire based on shared space principles, will both shortly be at
Work is coming to a close on a £250 million pound package of work to upgrade transport links in Northern Ireland. As part of Northern Ireland Roads Service Strategic Network Transport Plan, Package 2 of a Design, Build, Finance and Operate contract was identified to upgrade
TMS recently took part in a programme of Road Safety Inspections (RSI) encompassing 10 sites within the City of Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The RSI was jointly commissioned by the International Road Federation (IRF) and the Municipality of Riyadh Region. The 10 selected sites
The deadline for the requirements for audit teams working on the Trunk Road network in the UK to be ‘Certified Competent’ is approaching: 19th December 2013
Following re-organisation of the traffic management and road safety functions of a number of police forces, TMS has completed 10 day training courses for the Metropolitan Police and the Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire Police
For many years now TMS staff have been providing support to academic programmes at British and Irish Universities. TMS staff hold honorary research positions at both Birmingham and Loughborough Universities where they contribute to taught MSc courses in Highways and Road Safety related topics
TMS Engineers Harminder Aulak and Andy Coleman recently visited Heathrow Airport to carry out Road Safety Audits of the highways works associated with the new £2.5bn Terminal 2 building, which is due to open later this year. The scheme has progressed since the last visit in 2012
In November 2013, TMS ran a week long training course for Road Safety Professionals (formerly N.S.T.G. Phase 2 training) which took place at the Swans Nest Hotel in Stratford upon Avon. 11 delegates attended including four colleagues from Ghana’s National Road Safety Commission
Road Safety Inspections have been characterised as “Audits of Existing Roads”, which of course can lead to looking at historical infrastructure dating back many years. TMS has recently completed a project in Rome, Italy, and whilst the roads in question were not 2000 years old, they did reveal plenty of issues for all road users
TMS has recently been working again with former RNIB officer Paul Nicholls. Paul, who is completely blind, accompanied Steve Proctor and over 20 delegates on a Safety Audit visit to a public realm scheme in Coventry. This visit was part of the completely new RoSPA 2 day Advanced Safety Engineering Course, which meets the requirement for RSA CPD set out by the Highways Agency in HD 19/03 and IAN 152/11.
TMS have just completed the preparation of a Road Safety Strategy for the States of Jersey. This follows a comprehensive review of road casualties on the island and looks to adopt a challenging casualty reduction target over the next 10 years.
On the 25th February TMS exhibited at the 2014 RoSPA Road Safety Conference: Road Safety and the Cycling Revolution at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Birmingham.
This years conference focused on how to make roads, behaviours and environments safer for the increasing numbers of cyclists.
TMS has recently been working with Paul Nicholls (ex RNIB), to deliver training courses to highways staff. Paul and his wife Sue are both completely blind and TMS Director Steve Proctor has recently interviewed them to find out which aspects of the road environment they find most challenging.
The first open modular version of the ever popular RoSPA Road Safety Engineering course is to take place during May in London.
This is an alternative to the traditional 10 day RoSPA course with delegates undertaking individual accident investigations and submitting reports. This course is an important training pre-requisite for Road Safety Auditors to achieve the requirements for the Highways Agency approved Certificate of Competency in Road Safety Audit.
Phil has just completed the re-writing of assignments for the Highways Maintenance, Highways Design, Highways Technology/Transport Planning and Traffic Management courses that make up the core of the BTEC Diploma in Highways Engineering offered by both City of Bath College and TMS Consultancy.
TMS will be pleased to renew its excellent working relationship with SoRSA at this year’s Annual SoRSA Conference in Birmingham on 16th - 17th June. TMS have been invited to provide feedback on behalf of delegates for the main collision reduction workshop on Day 1 of the Conference.
TMS has recently completed the first draft of the third edition of the hugely popular “Practical Road Safety Auditing” book, first written in 2001 and last updated in 2008.
The new edition, which will contain over 90 new photos, has been re-written to include revised editions of international road safety audit practice, new aspects of legal implications, and a complete re-write of the section on “control data” to include dozens of up to date references useful for auditors in the field.
TMS has recently completed a comprehensive Vulnerable Road User (VRU) Audit in Tore village in the Scottish Highlands on behalf of Transport Scotland.
The VRU audit involved a review of cycle and pedestrian routes, including NCR1, which crosses the A9 Trunk Road at Tore.
We are seeking Road Safety Engineers / Road Safety Auditors (Junior and Senior levels) and Trainers to assist with our increasing workload.
TMS recently carried out a Mobility Audit on an innovative Public Realm scheme in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, London.
The scheme, known as the “Tolworth Greenway Project,” was implemented along the Broadway, which was previously a traditional dual carriageway with extensive lengths of guard-railing along the central reservation.
TMS Consultancy is pleased to announce the appointment of Paul Martin as Managing Director, with effect from September 2014. Paul will be joining TMS from his current role as Technical Director at Parsons Brinkerhoff.
TMS is pleased to announce three lucky winners from their prize draw at this years’ SoRSA conference in Birmingham. The three lucky winners, who will all receive their John Lewis vouchers in the post, are Paul Ward, Sue Brown, and Matt Smith.
TMS has recently completed a Stage 3 Quality Audit in New Market Street in Hereford City Centre.
The public realm improvements constructed in New Market Street in Hereford are part of a wider overall scheme associated with the redevelopment of the Hereford Livestock Market site. The design for New Market Street is aimed at improving visual and movement links between the retail development site on the north side of New Market Street and the City Centre on the south side.
TMS is pleased to announce that Director Steve Proctor has been re-appointed as an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Birmingham. This continues a link between TMS and the University going back to the early 1990’s
TMS has delivered two one day Risk Assessment courses for road safety staff in the west of Scotland. The courses, which took place at East Ayrshire Council in Kilmarnock, were focused on the task of assessing Walking Routes to School (WRTS) in situations where parents are appealing a decision of the Council not to provide school transport.
TMS Director Steve Proctor and Pete Smith recently had the opportunity to undertake a week long training course in the Southern African state of Namibia. The opportunity arose following a visit to the UK in 2011 by Ambrosius Tierspoor, from the Namibian National Road Safety Council (NRSC).
The course covered the following aspects of road safety: the scale of the problem; road safety management and safe systems, collection, recording and analysis requirements for collision data, collision causation, road safety collision reduction techniques – including statistical and cost- benefit analyses, road safety audits, enforcement issues, and techniques to tackle occupational road risk, drink/driving, child collisions and speeding issues.
TMS has recently completed some more training for staff working on the RAIDS collision investigation project at Loughborough University
TMS attended the Road Safety Audit Forum in Doha on Tuesday 20th January 2015. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the process and procedures of carrying out road safety audits in Qatar, where items such as the Safe System approach and the use of Risk Ratings were debated.
TMS was recently commissioned by Devon County Council to undertake some Risk Assessment training for staff from the County Highways Department, together with colleagues from Plymouth City Council.
The long awaited update to HD 19/03 has now been published by the Highways Agency (Highways England). The new Road Safety Audit Standard HD 19/15 describes and mandates the Safety Audit process for use on Trunk Road and Motorway schemes throughout the United Kingdom. It will be up to local highway authorities to decide whether they adopt the standard on the roads for which they have responsibility.
A team of three TMS Engineers recently travelled to Aviemore to carry out Safety and Cycle Audits on a project near the Cairngorms National Park in Scotland. The scheme involves dualling approximately 7.5km of the A9 between Kincraig and Dalraddy, just south of Aviemore.
Following on from the publication of HD 19/15 ‘Road Safety Audit’, Highways England have issued a factsheet containing important information regarding the change
TMS are about to start running a CPD course for road safety auditors who want to update their experience and knowledge of current issues that affect their ability to deliver informed road safety audits
TMS & AECOM have recently provided and hosted a 10 day Road Safety Engineering & Road Safety Audit Course in Doha, Qatar in order to enhance Road Safety in the Middle East
TMS is delighted to announce that the third edition of its popular book "Practical Road Safety Auditing” has just been published by ICE Publishing. The new edition, written by former Director Martin Belcher, and current Directors Steve Proctor and Phil Cook contains the following new information compared to the previous edition.
TMS has successfully delivered its first new Road Safety Audit CPD course in the UK since the launch, on March 30th this year, of the updated national Standard for Road Safety Audit HD 19/15.
This new two day course – “Keeping Up to Date with Safety Audit” – is aimed at qualified auditors with at least two years of experience in undertaking safety audits. The course examines the new UK HD 19/15, and then introduces delegates to the DfT’s Standard GD 04/12, making them aware of the risk assessment process and levels of tolerability of safety risk for road users, a requirement of HD 19/15.
On 2nd July 2015, TMS Director Steve Proctor and Graduate Engineer Amy Sutherland welcomed 50 visitors to Coventry from the Birmingham University SREP programme.
The delegates, who were on a World Bank sponsored week long road safety course in Birmingham, came over to Coventry to view the ambitious public realm schemes that have set the city apart as a centre for innovative public space design.
TMS has been working with Phil Jones Associates and the Construction Industry Cycling Commission (CICC) to better understand the factors that are leading to fatal road collisions involving cyclists in London.
TMS has successfully delivered its first new course in Ireland since the launch of the NRA Approved Certificate of Competency qualification.
This new two day course – “Keeping Up to Date with Safety Audit” – is aimed at qualified auditors with at least two years experience in undertaking road safety audits.
TMS recently completed the final road safety audit on the A8 Belfast to Larne improvement scheme on 6th August 2015. The scheme consisted of upgrading 14km of existing single carriageway to a Dual 2-lane All-Purpose carriageway (D2AP).
TMS was recently approached by two schools to assess the safety of the roads outside their establishments.
TMS has been commissioned by RSGB to develop a course to teach transport and education authority staff the procedures for assessing Walked Routes to School (WRTS) and School Crossing Patrols (SCP)
TMS recently completed the post construction Quality Audit on the Public Realm Improvements on South End, Croydon. TMS had been involved in the scheme both at preliminary and detailed design stage both from a Road Safety Audit and Quality Audit point of view.
At the inquest into the death of a pedestrian who was run over by a bus whilst crossing the new Metro public transport system in Swansea in September 2013, the Acting Senior Coroner for Swansea, Neath and Port Talbot called TMS expert on Road Safety and Road Safety Audit, Mark Steventon, to give evidence on whether the design of the Metro system was a contributory cause of the fatal collision.
TMS in partnership with Phil Jones Associates have undertaken a Quality Audit of a proposed £21m public realm scheme along the promenade in Douglas, Isle of Man.
During 2015, TMS undertook a comprehensive route study collision investigation of the dual carriageway section of the A45 through the Small Heath and Yardley area of Birmingham, on behalf of Birmingham City Council.
TMS & AECOM are continuing their joint venture project to train Road Safety Engineers in the Middle East.
The early part of this year sees the second running of an open two week course based on the principles of Road Safety Engineering and Road Safety Audit and will be held at AECOM’s Abu Dhabi office. The course will be held from 21st February to 3rd March 2016.
As well as providing road safety and traffic management consultancy services to clients across the UK and overseas, TMS also regularly applies those same risk assessment and problem solving principles in many other scenarios, including carrying out workplace transport risk assessments on a wide variety of sites, such as hospital estates, transportation hubs, supermarket car parks and loading areas, and local authority depots.
TMS brought their BTEC Award training courses to London in late 2015 and these are continuing in 2016. The BTEC courses cover topics in Highway Engineering, Transport Planning and Traffic Management.
TMS has completed an interesting piece of work in North Yorkshire where we were asked to assess the risk to pedestrians crossing the East Coast Main Line on a public footpath at an uncontrolled rail crossing.
TMS trainers Keith Sansom and Steve Proctor recently delivered a two day course for road safety staff and bikeability instructors at Worcestershire County Council.
TMS has recently been involved in safety auditing the ongoing public realm improvements in the commercial centre of Hanley, in Stoke-on-Trent.
TMS Engineers Harminder Aulak and Robert Cyples ventured into the Highlands of Scotland in early February 2016 to undertake road safety studies on access junctions associated with the installation of a Transmission Line.
TMS Consultancy has recently delivered an in-house Road Safety Audit training course for Collision Investigators and Traffic Managers working for Cheshire Constabulary. The Officers attending the course frequently attend Stage 3 audits on the motorway network in the county, and wanted to extend their knowledge of Road Safety Audit procedures and highway safety issues.
Duncan Lord and Steve Proctor have just completed the delivery of another Road Safety Audit Certificate of Competency course in Ireland, on behalf of Transport Infastructure Ireland (TII), formerly the NRA
In February 2016, one of our Safety Audit teams went to the Isle of Man to undertake a Stage 1 Road Safety Audit of a proposed bridge replacement in Laxey which was severely damaged and subsequently demolished during the worst flooding the village had ever seen in December 2015.
Steve Proctor and Pete Smith spent most of this week in Milngavie in the lee of the Campsie Hills training 20 road safety staff from the west of Scotland Road Safety Group.
In March this year, Graham Armstrong of Cambridgeshire County Council became the 500th Local Authority Highway Inspector to successfully complete the TMS modular training course and assessment for Highway Inspectors.
Last week TMS welcomed 12 Road Safety Auditors to the Chace Hotel in Coventry for another Road Safety Audit Certificate of Competency course.
TMS has a long established relationship with Devon County Council and has, over the past 15 years, trained large numbers of staff in Road Safety Engineering, Road Safety Audit and Traffic Management topics.
A brand new training course for people carrying out road works in the States of Jersey has been developed and was successfully piloted in May 2016. The course formed part of the Island’s new “Road works and events” legislation due to be implemented in October, whereby road working activities will be governed by permit and legal requirements including the need to have completed this training.
TMS has recently completed a training course for Engineers working at Havering Borough Council. The one day course included a significant practical element, including a walk around Romford Town Centre accompanying TMS Associate Trainer Paul Nicholls with his Guide Dog, Kinsey.
TMS Consultancy has been engaged by West Sussex County Council to train highways staff with respect to safe design of cycle schemes.
During recent visits to London as part of safety engineering projects and road safety audit work for London Boroughs, Harminder, Technical Director at TMS Consultancy, tried out some of the innovative cycle routes in the City.
The IHE administers the UK Highway Inspectors Training and Certification Scheme, approved by the UK Roads Board in 2010. It established the Highway Inspectors Board in 2011.
TMS recently carried out the Stage 3 safety audit for a completed scheme as part of Crossrail developments at the new Pudding Mill Lane (DLR) station in Stratford, Newham.
TMS has recently completed a major collision study for the City of London. This has involved four TMS Engineers reviewing the collision history at 53 sites (which have included junctions and links) within the City boundary.
TMS Director Steve Proctor delivered a talk entitled “Safe Systems and Road Safety Audit” at a Conference in Stirling, Scotland on 3rd April 2017.
As well as providing road safety and traffic management consultancy services to clients across the UK and overseas, TMS also regularly applies those same risk assessment and problem solving principles in many other scenarios, including carrying out Workplace Transport Risk Assessments on a wide variety of sites, such as Hospital estates, Transportation Hubs, Supermarket Car Parks and loading areas and Local Authority Depots.
Road Safety Consultant, Mark Steventon (TMS) provided expert witness evidence to Her Majesty’s Coroner at the inquest into the death of an off-duty police sergeant in Swansea earlier this month.
TMS has been working with 3M to provide a series of road safety seminars in Eastern European Capital Cities over the past few weeks. The seminars have taken place in Zagreb, Belgrade, Prague and Warsaw.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) recently celebrated its Centenary with a garden party at Buckingham Palace hosted by Prince Andrew. TMS Director Steve Proctor was invited to attend in recognition of the work TMS has undertaken with RoSPA for over 25 years.
One of the consequences of undertaking road safety audits throughout the UK is that our Audit Teams do a lot of driving in a year. But few auditors would ever consider driving to Mongolia as part of the official Mongol Rally!!