11 March 2021

View from the top: Highlighting innovation

It was a pleasure to participate in the three day conference hosted by the Transport Technology Forum (TTF) last week, which was both enjoyable and educational. I’ve also been invited to speak at another three day event, this time run by the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation (CIHT).

The annual CIHT conference will be held from 13-15th April and will address the hot topics of ‘Reshaping Everyone’s Future: Climate, Communities, Innovation’. I have been asked to open the third day of the event where I will aim to outline the LCRIG perspective of how the sector is innovating and what more needs to be done to meet the needs of everyone. I would like to encourage you all to participate by offering me your views in advance, attending the event, or both.

I’d also like to encourage our members to step forward and enter the CIHT Awards 2021 which close on the 15th of this month. My experience is that we always see lots of entries from the private sector and a number of joint submissions between public and private but not so many entries solely from local highway authorities. As one of the judges it’s great to see what innovation is out there, so think on about making a submission yourself – you’ve still got time.

Elsewhere, you will have seen that I’ve been appointed chair of NY Highways, the company created by North Yorkshire County Council to give greater flexibility in highway maintenance. This is obviously a very proud moment for me and I look forward to starting the role which I will undertake alongside my responsibilities as the Chief Executive of LCRIG.