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Acetylene gas research to reduce incident-related delays

Date: 07/04/2011

Following combined research into the properties of acetylene gas, the Agency has been a key contributor in implementing a change to Fire and Rescue Service (F&RS) policy that will significantly reduce disruption to road users.

Award win for Hindhead Tunnel

Date: 09/03/2011

The A3 Hindhead tunnel in Surrey has been recognised as the best of its type in the world. The project, which when it opens later this year will be the UK's longest underland road tunnel, won best in class at the New Civil Engineer International Tunnelling Awards at a ceremony in London in December.

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The effect of climate change on earthworks slopes

Project Status: Completed

Climate change is expected to affect people lives, the environment and existing infrastructure because of the increase in rain intensity, rise in groundwater and sea levels etc. Earthworks are part of the HA infrastructure and these will be affected by climate change.

Welcome to the Knowledge Compendium

The Highways Agency Knowledge Compendium was launched following a review of existing programme processes and replaces the Research Compendium. It is designed to help you easily navigate through the projects and link research to outcomes, and to provide detail on the new four year Research Strategy and two year Knowledge Programme. In addition you will find information regarding the roles of the groups delivering the programme.

The main enhancements include:

  • a new structure to accommodate and promote the new Knowledge Programme
  • new pages detailing the Knowledge Programme and Research Strategy
  • topics list to easily find research by topic
  • news stories
  • featured projects

The new four year Research Strategy, 2010-2014, identifies the Agency’s operational and business needs. The two year Knowledge Programme, developed from the Research Strategy comprises 16 portfolios each with stated aims and objectives, contains projects designed to fulfil the particular knowledge needs of the Agency. Details of the Research Strategy and the Knowledge Programme are provided, with information regarding the roles of the groups delivering the programme.

As well as details of the current Knowledge Programme you can find past research projects carried out by the Highways Agency since 2002, and information on previous strategies.

To introduce the Knowledge Compendium and to help you get started, browse the links on the left hand side above. We welcome feedback about the site and any other comments. If you would like to email us, please fill out the Feedback form.

Search past and present research by browsing by Portfolio in the current and previous programmes, by Topic, using the list on the Topics page or by using the search box at the top of the page. Generic searches can be undertaken using keyword(s); searches for a specific project can be made using the project title or reference number where known.