Milestone Society - for Highways Engineers
Milestones and other waymarkers by the roadside are the responsibility of the local Highway Authorities, or for trunk roads, the Highways Agency. The Milestone Society has developed a comprehensive database (the Repository, shown as Google Earth Maps) of existing waymakers, milestones, fingerposts and boundary markers, which can be incorporated into Highway Authority Asset Registers and County HERs (Historic Environment Records).
The Society has also produced Guidance Notes on conservation, restoration and theft, to assist those in whose remit milestones fall.
ALAN READE is the Society's Highways Liaison Manager; he is building links with Highways Authorities and their contractors; he is also developing protocols for HAs to use when outsourcing their highways contracts.
Please explore this web site and get in touch with Alan via the Contact Us tab with your questions, queries and comments.
ALAN READE BSc CEng MICE FConsE FFB
Alan was born in Wolverhampton in 1941, educated at Tettenhall College in Staffordshire and Leeds University, indentured and employed by Tarmac Construction (now Carillion) for 20 years and has been a self-employed Wolverhampton-based civil engineering consultant since 1984.
Initially working on the M5 and M6 motorways and other major civil contracts, Alan became a project manager for large design/build commercial building works for multi-national clients all over mainland UK and Ireland. Still with Tarmac, he later set up and managed a de-centralised professional services operation with regional UK locations responsible for many hundreds of building and civil engineering works.
Reade Associates was established following a restructuring at Tarmac and the firm has been responsible for many and varied construction projects throughout the UK for almost 30 years, evolving into Reade Buray Associates when Surinder Buray became a partner in 1996 with a branch office in Birmingham opening in 2007
Highways Agency Confirms Commitment to Old Milestones
(Extract from The Institute of Civil Engineers Panel for Historical Engineering Works Newsletter Number 135 September 2012)
Article By Alan Reade
Old milestones lurking in hedgerows along roads following the routes of eighteenth / early nineteenth century turnpike roads are surprisingly commonplace for those interested in looking (with appropriate risk assessments and safety measures in place of course).
County Highways organisations responsible for "normal" roads tend to be protective of their heritage way markers and generally react quickly and effectively to losses or damage to milestones (usually caused by road traffic accidents or hedge-cutting plant and machinery) especially those classified by English Heritage (EH) as "listed buildings".