This past week has been eventful in more ways than one.
On a personal level I’ve had my flu jab and visited hospital for a pre-assessment prior to undergoing planned surgery for a new knee early in November. It was only in 2019 when I had my left knee replaced, and now I’m in for the right one. Whilst it is exactly the same issue with both knees the surgery method is very different. In short, the procedure will be carried out by a robot which should result in quicker recovery, fewer nerves severed and much less scarring. The reason I share this with you is to demonstrate how quickly the health sector is at bringing new solutions to the mainstream market, and for one I’m glad. It also got me thinking about how far we can go with innovation, and how quickly, if we dedicate more resource to this fundamental activity.
On a personal/work level I attended the Highways Awards last night in London and it was fantastic to meet up with so many old friends, one who I had not seen in over 20 years. What a brilliant night it was and my congratulations go to all the nominees and winners of these prestigious awards.
Now to work. If you read my article last week you’ll be aware that we are intent on establishing a Net Zero Working Group and I’m already delighted with the level of interest shown by our Members and Associate Members. Having given this a little more thought, and with guidance and help from others, I think it will need LCRIG to set up a few subgroups across areas such as lighting, materials, plant, air quality, etc to ensure we comprehensively target the carbon reduction opportunities across our sector by focusing on every element. This became so apparent after a meeting earlier this week with the President of the Institution of Lighting Professionals (ILP) who shared with me just how much more work there was to do on this front.
There is no doubt you will hear much more about our progress in the near future. As ever, I’ll sign off by asking you to get more involved with LCRIG, just contact one of the team to find out how.
Lila Tachtsi, Director of Asset Management for National Highways, will take part in the Local Council Roads Innovation Group's (LCRIG) upcoming webinar entitled 'Practical steps on the journey to net zero: The materials challenge’.
Martin Duffy, Chief Executive of the Local Council Roads Innovation Group (LCRIG) reflects on his participation in Safety Stand Down days held earlier this week and discusses the importance of taking care of both your physical and mental health.