24 February 2022 | Our Work

View from the top: Forward plan outlined ahead of DfT visit

There has been a flurry of activity over the past week or so as we mapped out the year ahead of planned activities for LCRIG. Our growth over the past year has been nothing less than spectacular as we currently stand at 82 local authority members, 121 associate members (private sector), 24 partner members (such as DfT, National Highways, RSTA, CECA, RSMA, AIA, JAG, IHE, etc) and 5 academic organisations. Our reach is getting longer, stronger and is growing day by day. How does the old saying go… ‘if I had a £1 for every time someone said I hadn’t heard of LCRIG 12 months ago, I’d be a rich man’.

This success has not come without hard work from the team, and from time to time, some brave decisions. In brief, the planned initiatives for 2022 include the development of a national DPS, implementation of a new training platform, a launch event for Project Amber, continued input to successful organisations as part of the LCRIG/Steve Berry Think Exceptional Innovation Fund, meeting the net zero challenge, organising an Innovation Festival in the summer and Strictly Highways in the autumn, continued work to maintain ISO44001, a full programme of activities with TTF, Ask the DfT webinars, and continued support for LGTAG/CIHT/RSTA and progress against all of these projects is captured in our weekly publication, the LCRIG Insight.

Despite such a very busy programme of activities, we do have a number of ideas on research topics that we would like to produce research papers on throughout the year that we know would be of great benefit to our Members. We are currently exploring how best to achieve this.

In addition we would like to launch the Virtual Highways Community which will be a forum to help share information, solve problems and promote innovation or best practice with our Council Members.

We have shared the full details of our forward plan with DfT who are now planning to visit us mid-March at our offices in Blackburn so we can firm up on our programme of activities.

I shouldn’t finish this update without acknowledging the increased active involvement from all of our membership types across many of the activities identified above as it is only together we will continue to grow.