Judges’ Special Merit Award 2016

At the end of the judging process, the judges review all the entries which have impressed them the most. They consider the benefits to society as a whole, the improved safety to all road users or workers and the positive impact on the industry. The one entry which excels all the others in these areas wins this prestigious award.

There is no need to enter for the Judges’ Special Merit Award 2016 as all submissions in the 12 categories automatically are considered.

2016 winner

A591 Reconnecting Cumbria – Area 13 MAC Team

Unprecedented severe winter weather swept away the A591, Keswick-Grasmere link. Government tasked Kier Highways to repair. Despite horrendous weather, Kier reopened the A591 three weeks early.

Judges’ comment:

Kier overcame a number of challenges which were all effectively dealt with

2015 winner

TRL, Highways England and the Road Workers’ Safety Forum
Eliminating road worker risks from crossing live carriageways

Applied research showed there was no change in road user risk behaviour when OSSR was used compared to traditional practices. The impact of this change on road worker risk is considerable, eliminating carriageway crossings at relaxation schemes on high speed roads and reducing road worker injury risk by 24 – 28%.

Judges’ comment:

This initiative has changed the way we view traffic management on motorways.