LCRIG to honour Steve Berry at upcoming event

The Local Council Roads Innovation Group (LCRIG) will honour Steve Berry OBE – the Department for Transport’s head of highways maintenance, innovation and resilience – at its upcoming #AsktheDfT event. 

Mr Berry passed away last Wednesday (7 April) at his home, surrounded by his family. He had been ill for a few months after being diagnosed with incurable cancer towards the end of last year. At his own request, Mr Berry continued working at the DfT up until a few months ago.

Paying tribute to Mr Berry, LCRIG President Will Britain said: “On behalf of the Board, staff and members of LCRIG I would like to share our condolences as we mourn the very sad loss of Steve Berry OBE.

“All will agree that Steve made a significant positive impact on the highways sector. LCRIG is particularly grateful to Steve for his trust and support as without his encouragement and confidence in LCRIG we would not be where we are today.

“In honour of Steve LCRIG will host a celebration of his contribution to the sector during the ‘#AsktheDfT’ webinar and is inviting attendees to share ‘stories’ about Steve with the DfT and the audience.

“Stephen Fidler described Steve as a ‘legend’ and we couldn’t have put it better ourselves. This one word describes this remarkable man perfectly. LCRIG will strive to ensure that Steve’s legacy will continue and that he will never be forgotten.”

In a condolence letter sent out to the sector, Stephen Fidler, co-director of local transport at the DfT, paid tribute to his colleague and described him as ‘nothing short of a legend in highways maintenance, and wider local transport circles’.

He wrote: “You don’t need me to tell you that Steve had an amazing career. He worked for DfT for 31 years having started as a messenger in Ministers’ offices back before Great Minster House was even built.

“The OBE he was awarded in 2014 for services to local highways, innovation and resilience was testament to his dedication, work ethic and natural talent to be innovative, build relationships and get things done. I will miss Steve massively and the department will be a much poorer place without him.”

If you have memories you wish to share or best wishes to pass on to Steve’s family then you can do so via an online condolence book at https://steveberry.muchloved.com/.

LCRIG’s #AsktheDfT event is taking place on 28 April. You can find out more information or register for the event here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5827348269498550031