LCRIG to host #AsktheDfT webinars

Members of the Local Council Roads Innovation Group (LCRIG) will have the opportunity to ask the Department for Transport (DfT) anything as part of an exclusive webinar series.  

Our new quarterly webinar series entitled ‘#AsktheDfT’ will bring together a panel of experts to answer your questions, which will be focused around key topic areas. 

We will be inviting members to submit questions in advance of each event and those that are chosen will be put to the experts. Audience members will be given the opportunity to ask the questions themselves as well as follow up. 

This will allow for interactive and engaging sessions with local authorities and the supply chain hearing first-hand from the DfT. 

LCRIG President Will Britain said: “This is a fantastic coup for LCRIG and we are delighted to be working so closely in partnership with the DfT. 

“Our mission is to facilitate fresh thinking in innovation and collaboration. By collaborating with the DfT in this way we hope that our members will be able to get answers to the questions they have always wanted to ask. 

“Due to the Covid-19 pandemic there haven’t been as many opportunities to engage with the DfT. We had already started to address this through the introduction of our LCRIG-led webinars, which have featured DfT representatives, but the addition of this new ‘#AsktheDfT’ series further cements our relationship with them.”  

Matthew Eglinton, Highways Maintenance and Innovation Policy Manager, Local Infrastructure, at the Department for Transport, said: “We have worked closely with LCRIG over the last couple of years as we recognise that they have an important role to play in the sector. We look forward to engaging with members through this medium and will be inviting questions on a range of subjects. 

“It is important for us to regularly engage and discuss issues; help develop guidance, and provide advice to highways personnel working for local authorities and in the sector more widely.”

The first #AsktheDfT webinar will take place in April (date TBC). We will be confirming the subject for discussion in due course so watch out for further announcements. 

The webinars will be free to all members from both the public and private sectors. Local government non-members (i.e. all local highway authorities) will also be able to attend. Only those who are members of LCRIG will be eligible to ask questions in advance of each webinar. Private sector organisations who are not members will not be able to participate in the events.   

Organisations interested in becoming a member should contact Secretariat & Executive Officer Susanne Ingham at susanne.ingham@lcrig.org.uk