14th October 2020

LCRIG North West group update

The North West Highways Alliance (NW LCRIG) held its second virtual meeting on 8 October. Paul Binks, chair of the group and highways asset manager for Lancashire County Council, updates members on what was discussed and plans going forward.

The North West group was set up to collaborate, benchmark and support each other, but also to contribute to the wider LCRIG network.

The first item was a presentation from Ruth Kinsella and Lianne Butler White, from the Co-creation Partnership who wanted to engage with the group around customer strategy development to support the client and supply chain.

The focus was to try and get a consistent approach across the region and look for ways we could work together to identify those aspects about service delivery that customers find most frustrating; and identify how we could work efficiently together to deal with these common themes. This fitted in quite well with the group annually reviewing the NHT survey results and other benchmarking data, which is pencilled in for next month. The group also suggested that it could also help support long-term vision being developed for LCRIG that would help to drive good customer service.

Alec Peachey, content director for LCRIG also introduced himself and floated the idea of how the organisation could capture good examples of innovation; which the group were happy to contribute to. Watch this space for more from Alec on this.

Blackburn with Darwen and Lancashire were also involved in a peer review exercise facilitated through LCRIG. Even though they were on the ‘reviewing’ rather than ‘being reviewed’ side it was felt that they definitely got something out of it in terms of shaping how they would approach writing asset management and safety inspection related policies; just goes to show you don’t know everything, even if you think you do!

One of the constant themes that the group has been looking at since we got together in 2017, is how we measure and compare carriageway condition using the traditional SCANNER surveys but also through detailed video surveys; and then how we use them for lifecycle modelling and allocation of funds between the different carriageway types. It’s really interesting talking about the different approaches and a consensus is starting to emerge on how to take this forward, though more work is required. Both Cumbria and Blackpool have also been actively engaged in the Digital Inspector project with Gaist and are taking forward Safety View as a result of this to support the highway safety inspection regime.

To get in touch with Paul email: paul.binks@lancashire.gov.uk