25 February 2021 | Innovation | Collaboration

View from the top: Discussing procurement challenges

I’m really pleased to be speaking at the Transport Technology Forum (TTF) annual conference next week on the subject of local government procuring technology solutions.

Darren Capes who is the ITS Policy Lead in the Traffic and Technology Division at the Department for Transport (DfT), is hosting a session on day one covering procurement and funding, and has asked me to address the difficulties that SMEs face when trying to sell new technology solutions to local highway authorities.

I’m familiar with some of the frustrations that Darren faces with the introduction of new technology as these topics come up from time to time at LCRIG Board meetings.

Earlier this week I joined a meeting of a number of authorities that came together to discuss the new self-assessment and in particular the sustainability questions that have been added. The discussions focused on how best to interpret the questions and what would represent the most rigorous form of evidence. We aim to coordinate a response to DfT and are working alongside the Asset Management MSIG group of the Midlands Highways Alliance + to represent a consolidated view from the market.

If any of our local authority members would like to participate in these discussions then please just get in touch and we will make sure your voice is heard.