Tarmac teams up with supply partners for road safety event

September 16, 2021

Senior leaders from across the construction industry, including Tarmac, joined forces this week for an event focusing on road safety and logistics innovation.  

Supported by Tarmac and its industry partners, the event formed part of a ‘Project Edward’ road safety campaign and week of action – backed by the government, the emergency services, highways agencies, road safety bodies and UK businesses. 

Under the 2021 theme of ‘Fit for the Road’, the Project Edward (Every Day Without A Road Death) campaign is managed by ARRM and RoadSafe and aims to showcase some of the best work being done nationwide to accelerate safe vehicles and safe road use. 

The recent event saw members of the High Speed 2 (HS2) and Skanska Costain STRABAG JV (SCS) supply chain and national dignitaries meet for a day of best practice sharing and to mark recent advancements in logistics safety measures. It also coincided with the official opening of a new HS2 logistics hub in Willesden, from which SCS’ supply chain partners will operate locally. 

Guests were invited to view a line up of the latest HGVs in operation by Tarmac and its partners UK wide. This includes innovative high direct vision vehicles, which are increasingly being used in urban areas and offer additional benefits for drivers, road users and pedestrians.  

Improving vulnerable road user safety, high direct vision vehicles are designed to enhance a driver’s field of vision, particularly on busy urban roads. They feature a panoramic windscreen and floor-to-ceiling doors, allowing drivers an improved visibility of cyclists particularly if they approach the nearside of the vehicle  a key blind spot in traditional-modeled vehicles. 

Christopher Gibbons, commercial manager for Tarmac, added: “As a leading sustainable business with a nationwide HGV fleet, it’s vital that we continuously innovate to further develop the safety standards and environmental performance of our vehicles.  

“Collaboration is key and we’re committed to working with customers, such as SCS, supply chain partners and industry bodies to explore opportunities to drive improvements in this area. As such, we’re proud to have been part of this event and to show our support for Project Edward.”  

Tarmac operates a diverse HGV fleet UK-wide, including a combination of tankers, rigid tippers and mixers, and mechanical moving floor articulated trailers.  

These are operated by a trained and professional community of drivers and contract hauliers. 

Pictured is Tarmac contract haulier partner and driver, Costin Popescu.