16 September 2021 | Training | Collaboration | Our Work

LCRIG awarded grant funding by the Rees Jeffreys Road Fund

The Local Council Roads Innovation Group (LCRIG) is excited to announce that it has been awarded grant funding by the Rees Jeffreys Road Fund.

The grant funding is to support the LCRIG Training Project, an exciting new initiative to address the challenges highlighted by LCRIG’s council members.

The project will provide local authorities with coordinated access to sector relevant, affordable training – ensuring the right training is delivered at the right time and assist with filling the current skills gap at all levels to ensure the highways sector has a robust succession plan in place.

The Rees Jeffreys Road Fund was created by founder, William Rees Jeffreys in 1950 and exists with the aim of promoting and securing better and safer roads through design, engineering and aesthetics for an enhanced experience for everyone.

The Fund provides financial support in the form of grants and bursaries for:

  • Courses leading to qualifications related to traffic engineering and transport planning
  • Research projects relevant to one or more of the Fund’s objectives
  • Programmes or schemes to improve the highway network and the roadside environment
  • The Fund is governed by eight Trustees who have a wealth of transport experience.

Will Britain, President of LCRIG commented: “The LCRIG Training Project will assist the highways sector by helping local councils to manage succession planning and making the system more efficient when it comes to training – providing a complete line of sight. LCRIG will act as the conduit between the LHA’s and the suppliers to make things easier than they are at present.”

Susanne Ingham, Secretariat and Executive Officer at LCRIG commented: “We are very proud and honoured to have been awarded this funding by the Rees Jeffreys Road Fund.  The training project has the potential to create substantial efficiencies for the highways sector and this aligns with the objectives of the Road Fund.”

We will keep members updated on the progress of this exciting project.

The Trustees of the Rees Jeffreys Road Fund are celebrating 150 years since the birth of their benefactor, William Rees Jeffreys with a major UK-wide competition.  Find out more and enter here.

To find out what LCRIG Chief Executive, Martin Duffy had to say about the new initiative, please click here.