Monthly Archive: February 2016


Drivers are being warned to expect lengthy delays as a major route into Huntingdon is closed to traffic

08:24 20 January 2016 Sophie Day [1] The Iron Bridge, Stukeley Road, Huntingdon, Archant Drivers are being warned that there will be short term pain for long term gain as a main route into Huntingdon is closed to traffic for six weeks. $element.shareHTML.html.value $element.shareHTML.html.value $element.shareHTML.html.value Email this article to a friend To send a link to this page you must be logged in. “It is highly possible that there will be very severe delays at peak hours.” Cllr Mike Shellens The warning comes after it was announced that the route under the railway bridge in Ermine Street will be blocked 24 hours a day from 5am on Monday, February 1, until Monday, March 14. The closure is to allow Network Rail to carry out a second phase of work to strengthen the bridge. A spokesman for Network Rail said: The reason it is going to be six weeks is because it is short term pain for long term gain. Workers will need to work on it 24 hours a day otherwise if they were stopping and starting it would go on for months. They will be going in and hitting it hard and hopefully won t have to come back for another 30 to 40 years. The closure will mean that drivers looking to travel to and from the town centre will face a three-mile diversion via St Peter s Road to be able to get to Stukeley Road. Concerned district and county councillor Mike Shellens said: Originally Network Rail requested a full closure for six months. This has been cut back to just six weeks, but will still have a major impact. It is highly possible that there will be very severe delays at peak hours. The road under the bridge will be closed to vehicles but pedestrians, cyclists and emergency service vehicles will still be able to continue under the bridge. Councillor Tom Sanderson said: The impact of this is going to be quite big for the people who use this route but it is something that needs to be done because if it is not, and something happens down the line, questions are going to be asked. The first phase of work saw the road closed during the evening and at weekends but many drivers experienced tailbacks around the ring road and onto George Street. Rob McIntosh, route managing director at Network Rail, added: Improvements like the work we re doing to Ermine Street bridge keeps passenger and freight services running, which ultimately benefits the economies of the towns and cities served by the railway. References ^ Sophie Day (

Driver held after cyclist dies following collision with lorry 0

Driver held after cyclist dies following collision with lorry

A lorry driver is being questioned by police following a fatal collision involving a cyclist in her 70s. The woman died at the scene in the village of Teynham, Kent, at around 10.15am on Saturday. The driver, a 58-year-old man from Essex, has been arrested in connection with the incident on the A2 London Road, Kent Police said. He remains in custody and officers have appealed for witnesses to come forward. Sergeant Hannah Brown said: “The HGV and the cyclist were both heading towards Sittingbourne when the collision occurred opposite the Swan pub. Share article “We have already spoken to a number of witnesses but are keen to speak to anyone else who saw the incident and has yet to speak to us, or who saw the cyclist or the HGV prior to the collision.” The woman’s next of kin have been informed, police said.


Volvo-led research team develops autonomous trash-collecting system using drones and robots

Swedish vehicle maker Volvo, three universities and waste management firm Renova have developed an autonomous trash-collection system that combines trucks, robots and drones, a Volvo press release [1] explained. Dubbed the Robot-based Autonomous Refuse handling, or ROAR, project, drones and robots work together with an operator/driver to collect refuse. This drone application has potential for other commercial applications, such as package delivery. The trash collection process seems relatively simple on the surface. The drone and robot operator is also the driver of the garbage truck. Once at a location, the driver deploys the drone from the roof of the truck to scan the area and locate trash bins. The drone scans the area to locate trash bins, and sends data to the robot to map it’s journey from the truck | Source: Volvo via YouTube [2] The drone sends the information back to the robot, which then maps out its journey from its home on the back of the truck to the trash can for collection. Along the way, a series of sensors keeps the robot from colliding with obstacles. The full process can be seen in a video [3] on the VolvoGroupVideos YouTube channel. Currently, garbage trucks are generally manned by two to three individuals who are responsible for driving the truck, locating and collecting trash. The robot waits on the back of the garbage truck, while the drone calls the top of the truck home | Source: Volvo via YouTube [4] The drone/robot team could replace one or two of those workers and make the job easier in general. Volvo worked with Swedish universities Chalmers University of Technology and M lardalen University and U.S.-based Penn State University on the project. M lardalen developed the robot, Chalmers worked on the task management system for the drone and the robot, and Penn State developed the graphics for the driver to monitor and control the drone and robot. The short flight path of the drone coupled with the short distance the robot travels make this combination a perfect place to start using drones on a day-to-day basis. Danger is low, and potential saving is high. If we’re talking about use in the U.S., current regulations seem to allow this sort of use. The drone would stay low and within the line of sight of the operator. Still, there is a robot-sized bump in the road here. Robots haven’t been used on streets in the open before, and this could bring about a push for new regulations. It will be interesting to see if common sense technology like this will take hold in the U.S., and what kind of changes it would drive. For more: – read the Volvo press release [5] Related Articles: FAA considers easing restrictions of small commercial drones flying over cities Drones make strides in oil and gas infrastructure inspection and repair [6] [7] References ^ press release ( ^ Volvo via YouTube ( ^ in a video ( ^ Volvo via YouTube ( ^ press release ( ^ FAA considers easing restrictions of small commercial drones flying over cities ( ^ Drones make strides in oil and gas infrastructure inspection and repair (