UKRLG e-newsletter March 2017
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Time is now to adopt future thinking in managing highways

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New technology and better communications look set to have a major impact on how highway authorities manage road maintenance says the Department for Transport’s head of local roads, innovation and resilience Steve Berry.

Britain’s transport system is on the cusp of a major transformation.  New technologies and business models – such as automated vehicles, electric cars, unmanned aerial systems and mobility on demand – promise to dramatically improve the safety, efficiency, competitiveness, accessibility and sustainability of how we travel and use our transport networks.

The Department for Transport and various sector groups including the UK Roads Liaison Group, its sub boards, ADEPT and the World Road Association are now embracing this innovation and technology agenda.

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Network Management Board lead Martin Low steps down

Westminster City Council’s former transport advisor Martin Low is to step down as chairman of the UK Network Management Board at the end of March.

During his time in office Martin shared his experience through the Board – and therefore with road network operators throughout the UK – by drawing, in part, on some of the challenges he faced in the heart of Westminster.

He will be succeeded by Buckinghamshire County Council’s director of growth, strategy and highways Mark Kemp, who takes over as chairman of the Board in April.

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Bridge inspection scheme success

Bridge inspections

Congratulations to Peter Hemsley from AECOM who has qualified as the first senior bridge inspector under a new bridge inspectors’ scheme, administered by training provider Lantra.

The competency based international scheme has been developed by industry for industry to provide formal recognition of knowledge and experience required by bridge inspectors working in the UK and Ireland on assets around roads, waterways and railways.

This scheme is promoted by the UK Bridges Board and the Irish National Roads Authority and is supported by the Bridge Owners Forum. To date, 300 applications have been received for the scheme.

The UK Roads Liaison Group

The Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation
119 Britannia Walk, London, N1 7JE, UK

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7336 1584, Fax: +44 (0)20 7336 1556, Email: justin.ward@ciht.org.uk

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