In the past week we have just completed our first ‘In conversation’ interview with two real experts on the subject of rural roads.
I sat in the whole discussion asking the odd question here and there and found the whole thing thoroughly entertaining, so my sincere thanks to Paula Claytonsmith and Jason Sprague who took part in the discussion. It really was a no-holds barred discussion with some interesting views expressed by both Paula and Jason. The idea of these sessions is for them to be informal and provide a ‘raw and uncut’ insight into the industry.
I’ve also had many fruitful meetings with Council Members and Associate Members like Vaisala, where we talked about how they can become more engaged with LCRIG.
In addition we have started to review the submissions for the LCRIG/Steve Berry Think Exceptional Innovation Fund that WJ have kindly sponsored, so at some point in the near future we will be in a position to share with you which innovative ideas we be supporting.
At our weekly management meeting, our President, Will Britain, brought up the concept of an LCRIG training platform, which he has been pushing along for some time now and it was clear that it was now time to act. We have therefore asked Kerry Winstanley, who will be joining us full time later this year as the Finance and Operations Director, to lead on this initiative as she possesses all the right skills and knowledge. The principle will be to provide access to relevant training and skill sets that local authorities often find difficult to procure – we might even consider including such training as part of the DPS that we are still working on.
In the first instance Kerry will be taking a paper to the LCRIG Board on 6th August so I’m sure she will be looking to engage our Members thereafter.
A UK-wide £150,000 competition by the Trustees of the Rees Jeffreys Road Fund will close on 22nd October. The Trustees are offering grants of up to a possible £150,000, plus cash prizes of £5,000 for schools – to encourage new and creative thinking about what road users, and society as a whole, expect from the roads of the future.
Honouring the former council leader, who passed away in 2019, ‘Terry O’Neill Way’ is a 1.5km cycleway, with a brand new tarmac path, running between Hayley Road South in Burtonwood village, Warrington, and J8 of the M62.
TRL (Transport Research Laboratory) has published a paper to stimulate discussion among local authorities about the need and the means to achieve an integrated toolkit to improve decisions in highways asset management.