Blackpool Council: LCRIG

Blackpool Council chairs LCRIG – the Local Councils Road Improvement Group – which brings together councils that are keen to develop new common methodologies to understand, communicate and manage the true state of highway infrastructure.

Will Britain founded LCRIG through a desire to share learning with other councils through collaboration and support. Blackpool’s development of Project 30 had given the council valuable experience which could be communicated to other authorities, all of whom wrestle with the problems of delivering effective highway maintenance with continually reduced funding. Having won an NHT award in 2009 for Project 30’s approach, Will felt that Blackpool Council had an obligation to disseminate and share its learning within the industry.

The most important aspect of LCRIG is the benchmarking work. With benchmarking and sharing good practice as its primary focus, LCRIG helps councils meet the Department for Transport’s self-assessment requirements to actively use data to improve services. The last LCRIG session focused on the self-assessment questionnaire/submissions and proved incredibly useful to all the members, who were able to share experiences and learning about how each authority translates the self-assessment requirements into practice.

Will Britain

Head of Highways & Transport, Blackpool Council

Will Britain has headed up Blackpool Council’s Highway & Transport division for x years. Will led on Blackpool’s successful Project 30, a financial investment plan that enabled renewal of poor condition residential roads as well as classified roads over a 4 year period. Will has now launched Blackpool’s Road Asset Management Strategy which is building on Project 30’s investment into highway maintenance.