Our mission

LCRIG’s mission is to facilitate fresh thinking in innovation and collaboration and to act as a conduit between the ‘highways community’ consisting of politicians, councils, council groups, the supply chain (including utilities), associations, academia, key organisations and the media.

LCRIG also supports the Department for Transport, working in partnership with the ‘highways community’, to enable change through using innovative techniques not only to help achieve savings and efficiencies but to ensure that we all work together to ensure that road users see improved highway services maintained to a standard that people expect and deserve.

Our people

Origins

Will’s initial vision was to elevate the status of highways to empower Elected Members with the information needed to decide the future of the road network for the next generation.  To do this, Will needed to secure the correct level of funding for the future of Blackpool’s roads.  Being dissatisfied with the nationally accepted standard approach of highway condition surveys and systems, it was necessary to establish a new method to understand how the town’s infrastructure was performing now and long into the future.  Will, in collaboration with the private sector and York University, developed an innovative ‘treatment survey’ and new deterioration modelling techniques to obtain accurate information to enable him to build a robust business case, in austere times, to confidently identify the true state of the highway network and convince and give confidence to the Elected Members to make the bold decision to invest £30M in the ‘Project 30’ highway regeneration flagship project.

Will ensured that this new method was scalable, transferable, repeatable and sustainable and created the RAMS Framework contract, available to all councils in the UK.  It has now been utilised by over 30 councils, with the complete ‘buy in’ from Elected Members and it has successfully accounted for over £500 million invested in the UK’s highway network.  This subsequently led each council to successfully restore their network, gaining national recognition and restoring public confidence.  Blackpool Council received recognition from the industry for ‘Project 30’ by being awarded the CIHT Asset Management Award 2013 and the NHT Best Performance Award for Public Satisfaction in 2014.

Will established LCRIG in 2013 to encourage councils to work together and with the ‘highways community’ to support the Department for Transport to deliver innovation on a national level.  This collaborative approach enables the councils to maximise their opportunity to use new innovative technology, available from the supply chain (our Associate Members and Utility Members), that saves money, increase efficiency, improves safety and ensures that councils have access to innovative highway products and services for the benefit of all road users .

“It is vital that the highways sector keeps innovating, sharing and communicating latest developments.”

COLLABORATE WITH THE HIGHWAYS COMMUNITY

LCRIG supports the ‘highways community’ by setting up, organising or facilitating CPD presentations, technical training days, member meetings, round table discussions and introductions. Members can also benefit from virtual support through our members’ area, by email and over the phone.

Members of LCRIG are also provided with a Member Profile. This service provides each member with the opportunity to share their organisation’s details, job opportunities, news, videos and links to key information. Members are also able to request for LCRIG to facilitate communication between members and the wider highways community.

Become a Member

Our Member types

Council

Partner

Associate

Key Organisation

Academia

Utilities

Council Membership

We provide our services free of charge to our Council Members.
Services
  • Member Councils work in partnership at the LCRIG meetings to share their skills, knowledge and experience to enhance their Self-Assessment scores and to learn from each other about new innovative techniques and services introduced by the supply chain.
  • Member Councils are invited to meet and consult with the Department of Transport at the LCRIG meetings (whenever possible).
  • Council representatives are invited to attend regional CPD accredited Technical Training Days organised in conjunction with specialist associations and the supply chain.
  • Council representatives are invited to attend and participate at the ‘Strictly Highways’ Annual conference, networking event, exhibition and the DfT Special Recognition Awards ceremony.
  • Member Councils are invited to participate within the ‘working groups’ to discuss and debate compliance, standards, policies and regulations.
  • All Councils are provided with the opportunity to share their news with the wider industry through the LCRIG newsletter.
  • LCRIG will organise CPD working lunches to facilitate the introduction of the supply chain to the individual Councils.
  • LCRIG will organise Meet the Buyer days for Member Councils.
  • LCRIG staff are available to help Council Members with enquiries for supplier information, event details, industry resources and support either by email, online or by telephone.
  • Many other services are available and more will become available soon. These will include support with buying, leasing and selling vehicles and plant, announcement of contract and tender opportunities and much more.
Website Services
  • Each Member Council will be provided with a Profile Page within the LCRIG website to share key information about the council, share news, videos, case studies and job opportunities.
  • Member Councils are provided with access to the Forum to communicate, discuss and debate.
  • Member Councils are provided with access to the Video Library and the Documents Library.
  • Member Councils are invited to upload and share their job opportunities within the recruitment section of the website.
  • Coming soon….Access will be provided to the Self-Assessment Portal to the Asset Manager responsible for Self-Assessment.

Membership Requirements

There is no charge, all we ask is for each Council to support LCRIG’s commitment to facilitating communication, collaboration and innovation throughout the ‘highways community’.

We simply require a signed declaration from the Portfolio Holder / Leader and a Director of Service to demonstrate the commitment from the Council in support of LCRIG’s requests:

  1. For each Council to collaborate and participate either within the LCRIG regional group meetings, the national conference and/or within the ‘working groups’ and Technical Training Days.
  2. For each Council to manage, update and maintain their Profile on the website with support from LCRIG.
  3. For each Council to share their vacancies and post them on the website
  4. For each Council to communicate with the supply chain through LCRIG.
  5. To share news of innovative new products or services procured.
  6. A willingness to trial new products and services and to share successes and challenges.
  7. To participate and contribute to the Innovation Register.
  8. A willingness to train and recruit graduates and apprentices.
  9. A willingness to participate and contribute to LCRIG Questionnaires and Surveys on behalf of the DfT, and/or other key organisations and Associations for the benefit of all Councils.
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Partner Membership

We provide our services free of charge to Partner Members (Associations and Council Groups)..
Services
  • Partner Members are invited to meet and consult with the Department of Transport at the LCRIG meetings (whenever possible).
  • Partner Members are invited to collaborate with LCRIG to deliver regional CPD accredited Technical Training Days.
  • Partner Members are invited to attend and participate at the ‘Strictly Highways’ Annual conference, networking event, exhibition and the DfT Special Recognition Awards ceremony.
  • Partner Members are invited to participate within the ‘working groups’ to discuss and debate compliance, standards, policies and regulations.
  • Partner Members are provided with the opportunity to share their news with the wider industry through the LCRIG newsletter.
  • LCRIG staff are available to help Partner Members with enquiries for supplier information, event details, industry resources and support either by email, online or by telephone.
  • Website Services
  • Partner Members will be provided with a Profile Page within the LCRIG website to share key information about the organisation, share news, videos, case studies and job opportunities.
  • Partner Members are provided with access to the Forum to communicate, discuss and debate.
  • Partner Members are provided with access to the Video Library and the Documents Library in the Members area.
  • Partner Member are invited to upload and share their job opportunities within the recruitment section of the website.

Membership Requirements

There is no charge, all we ask is for each Partner Member to support LCRIG’s commitment to facilitating communication, collaboration and innovation throughout the ‘highways community’.

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Associate Membership

Our Associate Members are the key to the success of the LCRIG business model. We value the commitment and the support from each of our Associate Members. 
Services
  • We invite and accept requests from Associate Members to present at LCRIG meetings.
  • We invite Associate Members to attend and present at regional Technical Training Days that are organised with Partner Members.
  • We invite Associate Members to participate at our Strictly Highways annual conference, networking event exhibition and the Department for Transport’s Awards ceremony.
  • We invite Associate Members to participate in ‘working groups’, in which they can discuss and debate compliance, standards, policies and regulations.
  • Associate Members will be invited to participate within the trials on the Council Member networks.
  • We provide Associate Members with the opportunity to use the LCRIG newsletter to share their news with the ‘highways community’.
  • We organise CPD working lunches at the premises of Council Members to help Associate Members to meet key council representatives face-to-face.
  • We organise Meet the Buyer days to help Associate Members discuss upcoming projects and build relationships with key council representatives.
  • We liaise with councils to help Associate Members set up meetings with them.
  • LCRIG staff are available to support our Associate Members with general enquiries, event information and other industry intelligence either by phone, email or online.
Website Services
  • We provide each Associate Member with the opportunity to create a Profile Page on the LCRIG website. This allows them to share news, vacancies, videos, case studies and key information about their people and organisation. This service also allows Associate Members to view key information about Council Members and other Members in the restricted Members area.
  • Associate Members also gain access to LCRIG’s online Forum, where they can communicate, discuss and debate with other members.
  • In our online members area, Associate Members can view the Video Library and the Documents Library..
  • We providee Associate Members with the opportunity to advertise on the LCRIG website and in our newsletters.

Membership Requirements

We require all Associate Members to comply with LCRIG’s Code of Conduct. This is to ensure that our Council Members are not overburdened with too many direct requests.

The Membership fee and additional sponsorship opportunities can be found within the Media Pack.

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Key Organisation Membership

We provide our services free of charge to Key Organisation Members.
Services
  • Key Organisation Members are invited to meet and consult with the Department of Transport at the LCRIG meetings (whenever possible).
  • Key Organisation Members are invited to collaborate with LCRIG, Partner Members and Associate Members to deliver regional CPD accredited Technical Training Days.
  • Key Organisation Members are invited to attend and participate at the ‘Strictly Highways’ Annual conference, networking event, exhibition and the DfT Special Recognition Awards ceremony.
  • Key Organisation Members are invited to participate within the ‘working groups’ to discuss and debate compliance, standards, policies and regulations.
  • Key Organisation Members are provided with the opportunity to share their news with the wider industry through the LCRIG newsletter.
  • LCRIG staff are available to help Key Organisation Members with enquiries for supplier information, event details, industry resources and support either by email, online or by telephone.

Website

  • Key Organisation Members will be provided with a Profile Page within the LCRIG website to share key information about the organisation, share news, videos, case studies and job opportunities.
  • Key Organisation Members are provided with access to the Forum to communicate, discuss and debate.
  • Key Organisation members are provided with access to the Video Library and the Documents Library in the Members area.
  • Key Organisation Member are invited to upload and share their job opportunities within the recruitment section of the website.

Membership Requirements

There is no charge, all we ask is for each Key Organisation Member to support LCRIG’s commitment to facilitating communication, collaboration and innovation throughout the ‘highways community’.

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Academia Membership

We provide our services free of charge to Academia Members.
Services
  • Academia Members are invited to work in partnership with LCRIG.
  • Academia Members are invited to attend and participate at the ‘Strictly Highways’ Annual conference, networking event, exhibition and the DfT Special Recognition Awards ceremony.
  • Academia Members are invited to participate within the ‘working groups’ to discuss and shape sector apprenticeships, training course content and to collaborate with the ‘highways community’ to ensure that qualifications and courses are structured to meet the needs of the highway sector.
  • Academia Members are invited to share their news, open days and course information with the ‘highways community’ through the LCRIG newsletter.
  • Academia Members are encouraged to invite LCRIG members to visit to present to and meet with students and staff.
Website Services
  • Academia Members will be provided with a Profile Page within the LCRIG website to share news and links to courses, apprenticeships and training programmes.
  • Academia Members are also invited to share key information and contact details on their Profile Page.
  • Academia Members are provided with access to the Forum to communicate, discuss and debate.
  • Academia Members are provided with access to the Video Library and the Documents Library in the Members area.
  • Academia Members are also invited to share information about training events and open days within the events section of the website.

Membership Requirements

There is no charge, all we ask is for each Academia Member to support LCRIG’s commitment to facilitating communication, collaboration and innovation throughout the ‘highways community’.

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Utilities Membership

Our Utilities Members are the key to the success of the LCRIG business model. We value the commitment and the support from each of our Utilities Members.
Services
  • We invite and accept requests from Utilities Members to present at LCRIG meetings.
  • We invite Utilities Members to attend and present at regional Technical Training Days that are organised with Partner Members.
  • We invite Utilities Members to participate at our Strictly Highways annual conference, networking event exhibition and the Department for Transport’s Awards ceremony.
  • We invite Utilities Members to participate in ‘working groups’, in which they can discuss and debate compliance, standards, policies and regulations.
  • Utilities Members will be invited to participate within the trials on the Council Member networks.
  • We provide Utilities Members with the opportunity to use the LCRIG newsletter to share their news with the ‘highways community’.
  • We organise CPD working lunches at the premises of Council Members to help Utilities Members to meet key council representatives face-to-face.
  • We organise Meet the Buyer days to help Utilities Members discuss upcoming projects and build relationships with key council representatives.
  • We liaise with councils to help Utilities Members set up meetings with them.
  • LCRIG staff are available to support our Utilities Members with general enquiries, event information and other industry intelligence either by phone, email or online.
Website Services
  • We provide each Utilities Member with the opportunity to create a Profile Page on the LCRIG website. This allows them to share news, vacancies, videos, case studies and key information about their people and organisation. This service also allows Utilities Members to view key information about Council Members and other Members in the restricted Members area.
  • Utilities Members also gain access to LCRIG’s online Forum, where they can communicate, discuss and debate with other members.
  • In our online members area, Utilities Members can view the Video Library and the Documents Library..
  • We providee Utilities Members with the opportunity to advertise on the LCRIG website and in our newsletters.

Membership Requirements

We require all Utilities Members to comply with LCRIG’s Code of Conduct. This is to ensure that our Council Members are not overburdened with too many direct requests.

The Membership fee and additional sponsorship opportunities can be found within the Media Pack.

Join Now