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LCRIG supports the ‘highways community’ by organising and coordinating a suite of activities designed to facilitate collaboration and innovation throughout the sector. This includes setting up, organising or facilitating CPD presentations, technical training days, member meetings, discussions and introductions. Members also benefit from support through our members’ area – find out more about LCRIG membership and how to join.

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with the DFT

LCRIG supports the Department for Transport to enable change using innovative techniques to help achieve savings and efficiencies, working together to ensure highway services are maintained to a standard that people expect and deserve. The DfT engages with LCRIG members by taking part in webinars and events and as a mechanism to gather information for things such as the allocation of grant funding.

Member Updates

Keep an eye on our website and other channels to stay abreast of what our members and the wider sector are doing to facilitate collaboration and innovation.

Innovation

4 August 2021

Reforming the sector

Galliford Try recently became the newest member of the Local Council Roads Innovation Group (LCRIG). The company's Managing Director Dave Lowery spoke to Alec Peachey about a range of topics including the reasons why the industry needs to think outside of the box when it comes to attracting new talent, adapting to the challenges brought about by the pandemic, and why innovation is key to unlocking opportunities. 

Environment

3 August 2021

Wirral Council to install 40 new EV charging points

A pilot project will see on-street electric vehicle (EV) charging points, installed by SSE Enterprise, in Wirral for the first time.

Collaboration

4 August 2021

Invitation to see Roadtechs surface extension treatment programme in action

Members of the Local Council Roads Innovation Group (LCRIG) are being invited by Roadtechs to join them on the 350,000m2 surface extension treatment programme in Norfolk. 

Innovation

2 August 2021

Gaist and TRL to provide new offering in digital asset management

LCRIG associate member Gaist has confirmed that its road asset data will be integrated into TRL Software’s cloud-native iROADS asset management system.

Collaboration

28 July 2021

North West based TWM Traffic Control Systems secures key contract with Wirral Borough Council

TWM has won a key contract to supply and install all electronic vehicle-activated signage in the Wirral Borough Council area.

Innovation

29 July 2021

Initial Research Report released on The LASR Approach

The Road Safety Trust, Derby City Council, Enodamus Ltd and XAIS Asset Management Ltd have released a detailed report showcasing its research into developing a new methodology for prioritising Local Authority Skid Resistance.

Innovation

29 July 2021

First-of-a-kind Trojan Energy charge points go live in Brent

First-of-a-kind on-street electric vehicle charge points are now officially live for testing in the London Borough of Brent. The new on-street charge points sit flush within the pavement, with no permanent raised street furniture at the pavement edge.

Collaboration

28 July 2021

ITS (UK) membership drive sees ten new members join in two months

Transport technology manufacturers, SMEs, a start-up and a Local Authority are among ten organisations to join the UK’s Intelligent Transport Society this summer.

Innovation

27 July 2021

Digital Twin of road network moves closer following landmark tie-up between Gaist and TRL

Gaist is to explore with TRL the detailed case for a digital twin of the UK’s road network, using data updated in near real-time.

Collaboration

27 July 2021

Survey shows not enough is being done to protect road workers

Less than half of the public agree that enough is being done to protect road workers in the UK, according to a survey commissioned by workflow software specialists Re-flow.

Collaboration

26 July 2021

Construction Suicide Rates on the Increase

The Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity commissioned Glasgow Caledonian University to carry out research on suicide statistics from 2015 to 2019 and alarming results show that suicides have increased in construction.

Collaboration

26 July 2021

Clearview Intelligence enters a Professional Development Partnership with the IHE

Clearview Intelligence has entered a Professional Development Partnership (PDP) with the Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE).

Innovation

22 July 2021

ITS (UK) launching new Forum focussing on data

The UK’s Intelligent Transport Society has decided to set up an expert forum to discuss and develop ideas on how the growing amount of data in the transport/mobility sector can be best used.

Innovation

22 July 2021

Gaist backed by BGF for future growth and international expansion

Gaist has announced it has secured a £2.1 million investment from BGF – the UK’s most active growth capital investor.

Innovation

22 July 2021

How LED signage can help to guide the way during the ‘great staycation’

While the UK continues to take cautious steps out of lockdown, many outdoor tourism attractions are already inundated with record numbers of visitors. 

Collaboration

21 July 2021

SRL scoops silver RoSPA award for health and safety

SRL Traffic Systems has scooped a top award from The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) for demonstrating consistently high health and safety standards across the business.

Innovation

20 July 2021

Work to connect Wigan Pier with town centre by foot and bike begins

Work to better connect Wigan Pier with Wigan town centre has commenced.

Environment

20 July 2021

How does the traffic signals industry support active travel? This year’s JCT Symposium finds out

With walking and cycling becoming a key focus of travel provision over the past year, active travel solutions are a key element of this September’s in-person JCT Traffic Signals Symposium.

Collaboration

19 July 2021

Innovative highways alliance brings benefits to roads and residents

Kier and Shropshire Council appoint Multevo to form part of the Shropshire Highways Alliance to improve service delivery across the network following a series of successful trials.

Innovation

15 July 2021

ITS (UK) Chair welcomes Transport Decarbonisation Plan, but says ITS could be used more right now

The Chair of the UK’s Intelligent Transport Society says the Government’s new Transport Decarbonisation Plan which commits to net-zero transport by 2050 is to be welcomed, but that opportunities exist right now to make better use of transport technology, particularly as the transition to green modes will take time.

Collaboration

13 July 2021

RSMA announces preferred certification partner for UK road trials

The Road Safety Markings Association (RSMA) has announced it has selected the British Board of Agrément (BBA) as the preferred Approved Body (AB) Partner for the certification of road marking products in road trials due to begin in July 2022.

Innovation

7 July 2021

DACS ‘paves the way’ for automation in the construction industry

A Distributed Automated Cutting System (DACS) project, led by Eurovia UK, in partnership with Loop Technology and The University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), will deliver a ground-breaking robotic paving slab cutting process. DACS will produce bespoke slabs; made to measure, in a controlled environment to minimise on-site disruption and accelerate Britain’s urban regeneration.

Collaboration

14 July 2021

New marketing and PR company dedicated to highways and transport sector launched

A new PR & Marketing company dedicated to helping the highways and transport industry to engage and communicate more effectively has been launched. 

Collaboration

6 July 2021

Industry interview: Delivering change in the sector

LCRIG is shining a light on women in highways. This week, Helen Blood discusses the progress that has been made around making the industry more attractive and outlines the importance of communication when it comes to delivering change.

Environment

6 July 2021

Red Stag Materials expands production of EZ Street Asphalt

Red Stag Materials is expanding production of its EZ Street Asphalt product – a greener solution to potholes.

Innovation

5 July 2021

TDI Webinar #8 - Future Transport Zones

The Transport Data Initiative (TDI) is delighted to announce the 8th TDI Webinar, to be held on Wednesday 21st July 2021, from 11:00 - 12:00. The event will showcase into the world of Future Transport Zones to gain understanding around; what are the transport technologies and business models that have already been implemented, what are the current key focuses and what are the plans for the future?

Environment

6 July 2021

Medway Council to install 34 EV charging points this summer

Connected Kerb will be installing 34 electric vehicle charging points on behalf of Medway Council.

Collaboration

5 July 2021

Xais Asset Management helps shape the education of future industry leaders

XAIS Asset Management has worked in collaboration with The Driven Company to help the Institute of Asphalt Technology (IAT) deliver up to date study notes on a range of courses at the University of Derby.

Environment

5 July 2021

Webinar to focus on Bus Back Better strategy

The Transport Technology Forum (TTF) is hosting a webinar that will discuss the Government's Bus Back Better strategy.

Environment

5 July 2021

Tree owners asked to check their trees for Ash Dieback

Lancashire County Council is reminding anyone with trees on their property that they have a responsibility to ensure they are in a safe condition. This is especially important this summer for owners of ash trees who should check them for signs of a disease called Ash Dieback so they do not become a danger to themselves or others.

Innovation

29 June 2021

Putting safety in your pocket, with added intelligence

Since its launch six months ago, the HAUC(UK) app has had over 13,000 users. A new release has now been pushed out to users, offering improved functionality such as location intelligence and a 'setting up site' tool.

Collaboration

28 June 2021

LGTAG launches Health and Wellbeing Survey

The Local Government Technical Advisers Group (LGTAG) has launched a Health and Wellbeing Survey to gain an understanding of how the highways sector has coped throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Collaboration

24 June 2021

Women in ITS told “you’re first class”

The UK’s Intelligent Transport Society’s Women in ITS Group has heard a rousing speech from one of the industry’s most experienced professionals, explaining why they bring fresh thinking into the industry, and that women should be confident in their abilities.

Collaboration

23 June 2021

Opening of rebuilt vital A19 link is welcomed

Local residents and business owners have welcomed the reopening on Monday (21 June) of the A19 at Chapel Haddlesey.

Innovation

23 June 2021

Making a difference

To mark International Women in Engineering Day today (23 June) and as a continuation of LCRIG’s series of interviews shining a light on women in highways, Content Director Alec Peachey caught up with two senior members of staff at Derby City Council.  

Innovation

22 June 2021

KaarbonTech growth shows no sign of slowing

KaarbonTech Asset Management has continued the expansion of its business, signing up Telford, Runnymede, Sandwell, Sunderland and Cambridgeshire councils, to deliver drainage management services on long term contracts.

Innovation

22 June 2021

New XAIS solution transforms contractor quality management

XAIS has worked with Rochdale Borough Council to create a quantitative mobile solution that improves inspections and enhances contractor relationships.

Environment

22 June 2021

Council's plan to clean 86,650 grids before next spring

Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Highways Service plans to clean a total of 86,650 grids across the borough at least once before March 2022.

Innovation

17 June 2021

Entries now open for ITS (UK) Awards 2021

Nominations for the five categories in the prestigious ITS (UK) Awards have opened, ahead of an in-person ceremony in November to celebrate the industry’s contribution to our transport network.

Innovation

17 June 2021

Liverpool John Moores University calls for supply chain engagement on R&D projects

Request for supply chain members to engage with Liverpool John Moores University to undertake Research and development (R&D) projects.

Innovation

17 June 2021

Gaist wins place on renewed RAMS framework

Gaist has been appointed as the roads data and intelligence provider on a key framework – a win that will see it continue to play a central part in the post-pandemic build back. 

Environment

16 June 2021

Green light for ITT Hub event

Preparations for the free Innovation and Technology in Transport – ITT Hub event are now in the final stages, with the news that the event can go ahead as planned under the latest Covid-19 restrictions announced by the Prime Minister on Monday (14 June 2021). 

Innovation

16 June 2021

Crowded creates contactless 'digital trigger' to ensure touch-free crossings

LCRIG associate member Crowded has created a contactless 'digital trigger' to ensure touch-free crossings and improve safety for road users.

Environment

16 June 2021

TTF report hits national media

A Transport Technology Forum (TTF) report on traffic levels which was published last week has hit national media.

Innovation

15 June 2021

Taking a new approach to risk-profiling gullies with KaarbonTech Asset Management  

KaarbonTech Asset Management helps over 50 local authorities define and manage their risk on a day-to-day basis, with software systems and services built from the ground up.

Environment

15 June 2021

Wrekin's support helps keep busy Suffolk road moving

Works to upgrade the busy A140 between Yaxley and Brome in Suffolk, in a bid to enhance road safety and cut down on congestion have now completed – following technical support from civil engineering designer, manufacturer, and supplier Wrekin Products.

Collaboration

14 June 2021

Gaist and Safecote enter data sharing partnership

Safecote and Gaist have entered into a new data sharing partnership which is designed to improve winter service delivery and asset management planning.

Innovation

14 June 2021

Miles Macadam delivers carbon neutral surfacing scheme in collaboration with Shropshire Highways & KierWSP

Miles Macadam has delivered a carbon neutral surfacing scheme in collaboration with Shropshire Highways & KierWSP, using an innovative approach to sustainable surfacing.

Innovation

10 June 2021

ITS Associations identify ten features of a resilient transport network

Seven intelligent transport societies from across Europe have published a report advising transport operators what is required to deliver a resilient network, including ensuring enough capacity, having full and reliable connectivity and being fully interoperable.

Environment

10 June 2021

Traffic volumes exceeding pre-lockdown levels, TTF data shows

Traffic volumes in towns and cities surpassed pre-pandemic levels for the first time since travel restrictions were introduced in March last year, according to the latest analysis of local authority traffic data provided by the Transport Technology Forum (TTF).

Environment

3 June 2021

ITS (UK) Chair commits to zero carbon transport technology push

The Chair of ITS (UK), Ryan Hood confirms the organisation will double-down on its commitment to decarbonisation, as he enters his second year in the role.

Innovation

3 June 2021

Taking a modern approach to safety inspections 

Gaist recently joined forces with the Local Council Roads Innovation Group (LCRIG) to host a webinar entitled 'Advancing safety inspections: the case for change' .

Environment

2 June 2021

Amey trialling use of EVs across UK contracts

Amey, an associate member of LCRIG, is trialling the use of 10 electric vehicles across five of its UK contracts to help understand what requirements are needed to transition from fossil fuel to electric, to power its fleet of maintenance vehicles.

Environment

2 June 2021

New funding provides electric charging boost in Cheshire

Cheshire West and Chester Council has recently used two sources of funding to boost electric vehicle charging facilities across the borough.

Innovation

1 June 2021

New highways operation goes live in North Yorkshire

NY Highways, a company created by North Yorkshire County Council to give greater flexibility in highway maintenance, has started operations from today (1 June). 

Innovation

31 May 2021

Vaisala - Successful winter road maintenance strategies

Vaisala to host webinar on successful winter road maintenance strategies.

Innovation

26 May 2021

Wrekin Products to supply specialist Unite range to the M27

Wrekin has completed an intensive consultation process to secure the opportunity to supply its specialist Unite range to Hampshire’s most significant infrastructure project in recent history.

Innovation

26 May 2021

ITS (UK) announces COP-26-related competition

The UK’s Intelligent Transport Society has announced a COP-26-related competition to come up with ideas on how intelligent transport systems can be used to reduce carbon emissions.

Collaboration

26 May 2021

Councils invited to reconnect with road transport sector

Local authorities are being invited to reconnect with the road transport sector this summer at the Innovation & Technology in Transport - ITT Hub event - which is taking place at Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre from 30 June to 1 July. 

Innovation

24 May 2021

ASI Solutions on the search for local authority partner

ASI Solutions is on the search for local authority partner to demonstrate how Rhinophalt asphalt preservation could transform the way bridge decks are maintained.

Innovation

24 May 2021

The Multevo Method – Revolutionising the way we repair our roads

Multevo's ‘fix first time’ approach to increase the longevity of the network by preventing further deterioration.

Innovation

20 May 2021

Connected Kerb project delivers EV charging to small communities in Kent

Connected Kerb has worked with Kent County Council (KCC) to install 40 electric vehicle (EV) chargers in poorly-served areas across the county.

Innovation

18 May 2021

FALCON Automated Cone Laying Machine completes on-road trials

Highway Care’s FALCON Automated Cone Laying Machine (ACLM) is the first of its kind to successfully complete both off and on-road trials as part of Highways England’s Innovation project and is now endorsed for use on the strategic road network (SRN).

Innovation

14 May 2021

Rennicks Virtual Journey Time System collaboration supports UK’s first carbon neutral road improvement scheme

The scheme has been hailed as a success, being the first carbon neutral road improvement scheme in the UK. Disruption to road users and the local community was kept to a minimum and technology was used to communicate with and improve safety for road users as they travelled through and around the works.

Innovation

12 May 2021

PTS announce latest Multi-Functional Vehicle (MFV) is fully UKPMS accredited to deliver SCANNER surveys

PTS are pleased to announce that their latest Multi-Functional Vehicle (MFV) is fully UKPMS accredited to deliver SCANNER surveys, in line with the latest industry standards and TRL’s auditing regime.

Collaboration

10 May 2021

Traffic on the local authority road network back at pre-pandemic levels

This week’s Transport Technology Forum Covid-19 Weekly Digest suggests traffic levels have returned to pre-pandemic baseline levels for the first time since the crisis started.

Innovation

5 May 2021

Meon and Amey bring museum street to life

The London Bus Museum in Weybridge, Surrey, has had its indoor street brought to life thanks to a collaboration between LCRIG associate members, Amey and Meon.

Innovation

4 May 2021

JCB’s PotholePro proves its worth on M6 fast lane night shift

The JCB PotholePro was sent to fix holes on one of the motorway’s busiest stretches - junctions 14 and 15 between Stafford and Newcastle-under-Lyme. The night shift was part of a national demonstration programme to show how the innovative machine repairs potholes permanently - in less than eight minutes.

Environment

28 April 2021

Amey makes commitment to cut carbon and achieve net zero

Amey, the leading infrastructure services and engineering company, has committed to reducing its carbon emissions and will reach carbon net zero by 2040.

Innovation

26 April 2021

Aggregate Industries Completes UK’s First Carbon Neutral Pavement Scheme

The contracting division of Aggregate Industries has made history by completing the UK’s first carbon neutral pavement scheme as part of Highways England’s A590 M6 J36 to Brettarg Holt resurfacing project.

Our work

LCRIG is in pole position to help bring the sector together and facilitate fresh thinking in innovation and collaboration. Our focus is on three key pillars – innovation, collaboration and the environment.

Collaboration | 29 July 2021

View from the top: Another busy week

Martin Duffy, Chief Executive of the Local Council Roads Innovation Group (LCRIG), looks back on another busy few days for the organisation which saw delivery of its first 'In conversation' interview and submission reviews commence for the LCRIG/Steve Berry Think Exceptional Innovation Fund.

Training | 29 July 2021

Industry interview: Addressing industry challenges

Past President of the Local Government Technical Advisers Group (LGTAG) John Lamb talks to LCRIG Content Director Alec Peachey about some of the challenges facing the highways sector and why asset management is about more than just fixing potholes. 

Collaboration | 22 July 2021

View from the top: A global first for LCRIG...

Martin Duffy, Chief Executive of the Local Council Roads Innovation Group (LCRIG), announces LCRIG has become the first organisation of its type in the world to achieve independent certification to ISO44001, the international standard for collaboration.

Innovation | 20 July 2021

Have you submitted your application?

Local highway authorities, universities, private sector companies and innovative individuals are invited to submit applications for funding via the LCRIG website.

Collaboration | 20 July 2021

One week to go until second #AsktheDfT event

Members of the Local Council Roads Innovation Group (LCRIG) will once again have the opportunity to put questions directly to senior personnel from the Department for Transport (DfT) during our exclusive quarterly webinar series.  

Collaboration | 15 July 2021

Industry Interview: Improving Reading's roads

Reading Borough Council recently accessed the LCRIG Project Amber Framework Agreement contract and this has allowed the local authority to accelerate its specialist concrete road investment programme whilst obtaining competitive prices and a quicker start to the project than the conventional approach. LCRIG Content Director Alec Peachey caught up with Sam Shean, Reading's Streetcare Services Manager, to find out more. 

Innovation | 12 July 2021

Supporting new ideas and innovation

Ian Large, Chair of the Local Council Roads Innovation Group's Infrastructure Innovation Board, provides an update on the role of the Board and outlines why innovation is key to driving change in the sector. 

Innovation | 24 June 2021

LCRIG launches new Innovation Fund with support of WJ

A new £150,000 Innovation Fund for road surface treatments is being made available through the Local Council Roads Innovation Group (LCRIG) in partnership with the leading highway marking and safety business WJ Group, who are funding the project.

Collaboration | 1 June 2021

The LCRIG £50 Challenge

The Local Council Roads Innovation Group (LCRIG) is challenging all Project Amber Framework members to help raise much needed funds for our chosen charity, Trinity Hospice.

Innovation | 20 May 2021

Strictly Highways 2021 to take place online

This year's Strictly Highways event will be delivered virtually and is set to feature all the elements that delegates and exhibitors are used to including a conference, networking and the DfT Special Recognition Awards.

20 May 2021

LCRIG's recruitment service

The LCRIG Recruitment service has been launched and we are busy in the background testing the functionality and uploading vacancies for our members.

Innovation | 20 May 2021

View from the top: a national DPS

Martin Duffy, Chief Executive of the Local Roads Innovation Group (LCRIG), discusses plans for a national Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) and calls for members to share their suggestions.

Innovation | 13 May 2021

LCRIG to exhibit at ITT Hub event

The Local Council Roads Innovation Group (LCRIG) will be exhibiting at a new event next month - Innovation and Technology in Transport – ITT Hub.  

Innovation | 5 May 2021

Policy Director of sustainable transport group to speak at EV webinar

The Policy and Operations Director of a public-private partnership that exists to accelerate a sustainable shift to lower carbon vehicles will be a keynote speaker at the Local Council Roads Innovation Group's upcoming webinar entitled ‘Overcoming local authority challenges in the electric vehicle space’. 

LCRIG recruitment support

LCRIG has recently launched a recruitment service designed to drive the best candidates to your roles – free of charge to councils and partner members. In addition, all postings for apprenticeships, graduate placements and work experience will be free of charge to all. Associate members, utility members and consultant members will also be eligible to post a limited number of jobs free of charge. LCRIG also offers a tailored job service.

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Members benefit from a range of services and support, LCRIG deliver webinars designed to facilitate fresh thinking in the industry; offer a recruitment service; provides frameworks to encourage greater levels of innovation; produces a weekly newsletter to highlight good work taking place across the industry; plus much more.

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LCRIG – community interest company

The Local Council Roads Innovation Group (LCRIG) is officially established as a Community Interest Company (CIC).

This means that the organisation can operate like any other limited company and can procure goods and services, lease offices and apply for government funding.