Implementing lane closures, especially at the start of the closure, or taper, is generally considered the most difficult part of a crew’s job. Carillion and the Road Worker’s Safety Forum Trial Team have been testing the Innovative Taper technique at the Transportation Research Laboratory (TRL).
The method reduces both the number of cones and the time required to complete a lane closure taper, reducing the exposure of road workers to motorway traffic and improving safety for both road workers and road users.
The trials revealed the Innovative Taper installation saves at least 40 per cent in time compared with conventional methods.
Following the successful trial, the Highways Agency has given Carillion Roads the go-ahead to carry out a year-long trial on the M25.
Tony Gates, Managing Director of Carillion Roads said: ‘Carillion Roads has always been an industry leader in health and safety. Our crews put on over 1,343 live lane closures per month and this is another example of innovative thinking making their job safer. Congratulations to Ian Spellacey, John Mercer and the team for their hard work in making this reality.’
Ian Spellacey, Carillion’s Senior Contract Manager for the M25 Sphere, said: ‘We’re absolutely delighted that the Highways Agency has agreed for us to take the trials further by allowing us to use the Innovative Taper on the M25 project.’