Here at GPS we have undertaken all kinds of highway design schemes from simple junction improvements to complex roundabouts. We have experience of highway maintenance and improvements along with detailed designs for new road networks. We have many years of experience obtaining Section 38 Agreements and dealing with Section 278 Works for a variety of clients.

GPS have a proven track record of collaborating with Local Authorities to provide cost effective advice and design through which to assist Local Authorities in solving local problems. Members of the main Design Team are highly experienced in working directly for and on secondments to Local Authorities, delivering a broad spectrum of schemes. We provide clear and easy to read design plans created in the latest AutoCAD software for those clients who require our services to meet project timescales and tight deadlines.

Our team possess extensive knowledge and experience of working for consultancies, providing design support on major highway schemes. This includes trunk road designs for highways in England and various other highway design schemes for both local authorities and private developers. Our main highway designs are created using the latest Autodesk products such as Civils3D to provide accurate and high quality designs with 3D visualisations to afford our clients the satisfaction to observe how the finished design will look from the comfort of their PC.

Our engineers produce 3D computer models of the built environment to advise on land use / site layouts, optimise Cut / Fill, manage retained levels. We use the latest software to ensure our ground models are fully integrational with other disciplines to create a fully compliant BIM model.

Section 38 of the Highways Act (1980) provides an agreement to whether a road becomes a public highway. This is important for developments which propose to construct new estate roads for residential, industrial or general purpose traffic.
GPS can lease with the Local Authority on the developer or clients behalf to obtain adopted highway approvals.

Section 278 of the Highways Act (1980) allows a developer to carry out works on the public highway. This is necessary where planning permission has been granted for a development that requires improvements to, or changes to, public highways.

Section 102 of the Water Industry Act (1991) allows a developer or an individual to submit an application to a water company asking them to adopt a private operational sewer which is already installed. On a new development, the S102 process is usually followed if the new sewers are installed and become operational before the S104 agreement is signed and the S104 process is no longer applicable.

Section 104 of the Water Industry Act (1991) agreement is a legal agreement between a developer and a water company, where the developer agrees to build sewers to an agreed standard, which the water company will then adopt. The agreement is usually signed at the early stages of the development and lasts for several years; until the water company is satisfied the network has been completed to their satisfaction

We have the capability to provide advice and support regarding Traffic Regulatory Orders (TRO’s) including:

  • Assessing the type of order required
  • Creating plans for the public consultation
  • Writing the legal order associated with the specified TRO
  • Highway Stopping up order
  • Adopted highways approvals, including Section 38 / 278 works


  • Road Signs, Carriageway Markings and Lighting
  • Residential Safety Improvements -20mph zones, Home zones
  • Footway & Cycle Ways
  • Signage
  • Road Markings
  • Traffic Calming Features & Measures
  • Traffic Regulatory Orders (TRO’s)
  • Parking Schemes
  • New offline Highway Schemes
  • Online Highway Widening & Improvements Schemes
  • Earthworks Design & Quantities
  • Detailed Level Design
  • Roundabouts ( controlled and uncontrolled)
  • Major Highway Intersections
  • Bus Stops & Bus Lanes
  • Trunk Road Design
  • Contract Preparation
  • Route Options
  • Utility Diversions & Provisions
  • Co-ordination with Third Parties
  • Traffic Signs
  • Traffic Signal Design
  • Road Markings & Signage
  • Junction Improvements