Firstly, I am delighted to share with you that our keynote speakers for day 1 and day 2 of Strictly Highways next week on the 6th and 7th October are;
• Day 1 – Baroness Vere of Norbiton, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Transport, and; • Day 2 – Steve Gooding CB, formerly Director General of Roads, Traffic and Local Group at the Department for Transport and current director of the RAC Foundation.
I am personally so proud that LCRIG has been able to attract such engagement from two very high profile industry figureheads which gives me so much encouragement for our future as a Community Interest Company (CIC) serving the highways sector. It’s a sign of just how far we have come as an organisation in the past couple of years and I’m delighted to have played my part.
Whilst on the subject of our conference, I know that Susanne has been working tirelessly on trying to arrange 124 networking sessions between our private sector partners and DfT/councils and I’m delighted to say that with a great deal of relief in her voice yesterday, she confirmed the target had been achieved, so well done Susanne, Adam and the entire team working on this event.
In previous updates you will have read about our achievement in obtaining independent certification to the global collaborative standard ISO44001 and we have now received our formal certificate from the 3rd party accreditation company. This collaborative standard reflects precisely the way that LCRIG works across its entire membership by sharing knowledge and jointly working on common issues. It is building blocks of this nature that create the right type of platform for a long and fruitful career for our organisation.
There is an old saying ‘ if you want to go fast go alone, if you want to go far, go together’ and this is pertinent to the LCRIG ethos. Whilst maintaining pace is important, it shouldn’t be the master in this relationship, it is more important that we are engaging and acting as a conduit for the entire highways sector to bring together clients, providers, DfT, academia and other associations to jointly deliver on new demands, such as climate change and social value.
On a final note, I’m also delighted to share with you all that National Highways have confirmed their membership of LCRIG this week, so a very warm welcome to all colleagues in that organisation, you will be a great asset.
I sincerely hope you will be able to attend the virtual event next week and witness first hand some of the latest thinking our sector has to offer.
A carbon-saving alternative to traditional methods of resurfacing roads is currently being used for the first time by VolkerHighways’ Bath and North East Somerset highways term maintenance team to carry out essential resurfacing works to the A368 at Chelwood, Somerset.
With just one week to go until LCRIG's Innovation Festival takes place at Newark Showground, the final programme for the event has been announced and features a wide range of speakers from across the highways community.