Milestone Infrastructure, a part of M Group Services Transport Division, is proud to announce it’s part of a team that has won £3.7 million in funding from the Department for Transport (DfT) to invest in making highways more sustainable.

Working with client Devon County Council and the University of Exeter, the project team will be working to make the A382 and Jetty Marsh project carbon negative.

This funding is a result of the Live Labs 2 programme, organised by the Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning & Transport (ADEPT) and funded by DfT. The programme offered £30 million in funding to seven ground-breaking projects across the country following a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style pitch to a panel of independent experts.

ADEPT’s programme is focused on funding innovative decarbonisation proposals from local highways authority-led ventures.

Potential carbon saving measures proposed for the project include using local recycled materials, ensuring construction plant and equipment is sustainable, power-generating streetlights and establishing low maintenance verges and hedgerows.


Phil Ramsden, Regional Director at Milestone Infrastructure, said: “As part of our ongoing relationship with Devon County Council, we are proud to be bringing Milestone Infrastructure’s local and national experience to the A382 and Jetty Marsh link project.

"The Live Labs 2 funding means we have an incredible opportunity to put carbon saving measures in place. This project is helping us make progress towards safer, greener highways and aligns with Milestone Infrastructure’s commitment to reach net-zero through our operations and supply chain by 2040.

“Working closely with Devon County Council and its internal design team, along with other project partners provides a fantastic opportunity to work together collaboratively and deliver a successful project.”

Councillor Andrea Davis, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Climate Change, Environment and Transport, said: "Reducing carbon emissions across our services is a key element of Devon County Council's Strategic Plan and we are on track to become carbon neutral by 2030.

“This project perfectly complements our ambitious plans for a cleaner, greener Devon with a thriving economy and brings innovation to the heart of infrastructure development in our county. Moving past net zero represents an industry first and this project will give the designers, contractors and manufacturers the opportunity to try new solutions tailored to this new set of priorities. The findings from this project have the opportunity to change the face of highway construction and maintenance locally and nationally."

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