6 October 2023 | Collaboration | Our Work

View from the top: Strictly Success

This year’s Strictly Highways was our biggest yet, more delegates, more exhibitors, more awards, and an impressive line-up of speakers.

Speakers this year gave practical collaboration case studies, we had a number of different panels featuring global viewpoints, apprenticeship view points and had discussions around Social Value, and employer initiatives underway in both the public and private sector.

We also had a number of important DfT presentations around the new road condition standard, Quantum Computing and an insight in to the innovation research underway with National Highways.

It would be remiss of me not to mention the major announcements that affect the road sector. The Conservative Party which coincided with Strictly had a number of announcements one of which included the Plan for Drivers. The timing was perfect and allowed Darren Capes, DfT ITS Policy Lead to explain to Councils and associated supply chain about the biggest investment in Traffic Signal funding in the history of transport funding. Darren’s presentation was videoed so that can be viewed here.

In addition to the DfT announcement, Martin Duffy, our Chair also made his own announcement that he would be stepping down as Chair of LCRIG. Martin has been a fantastic advocate for LCRIG, nay the industry as a whole. This is why we awarded him the LCRIG Lifetime Achievement Award during the Strictly Awards ceremony. Undoubtedly, there will be a lot of interest in the next Chair role, although we are expecting it to be someone that isn’t in a commercial type role we will be sharing more on this over the next few months.