49 episodes

Speaking to the leaders in the highways and transport technology industries, plus catching up with the top stories from the daily newsletters from Highways-News.com.

Highways Voices Paul Hutton

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Speaking to the leaders in the highways and transport technology industries, plus catching up with the top stories from the daily newsletters from Highways-News.com.

    Highways Voices, 19 January - the Manual for Smart Streets

    Highways Voices, 19 January - the Manual for Smart Streets

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    “The Manual for Smart Streets is intended to provide guidance to support local authorities in implementing technology that supports traffic management and the operation of streets,” explains New Mobility Technology Integration expert Daniel Hobbs of the Connected Places Catapult on this week’s Highways Voices podcast. “Things like how traffic signals will develop to connect to vehicles in the future, how new sources of data can link into implementing other services in the local authority like information for how people should be around, providing a wider control and management of the network to the to the local authority.”
    The initiative is by the Department for Transport and the Connected Places Catapult through the Transport Technology Forum. It is designed to complement the 2007 document the Manual for Streets, by helping local authorities enhance their network with the application of technology.
    Daniel Hobbs is joined on the podcast by Darren Capes, ITS Policy Lead at the DfT who explains that it’s all about delivering efficiencies using what local authorities will already have. “It's not about nuclear powered space hoppers, it's not about the future,” he says. “It's about, in large part, how we do the jobs we do now better.”
    The podcast discusses the ways equipment can be used better, how connected car technology is becoming a game-changer for authorities and why authorities with differing transport management capabilities will all be able to benefit.
    This latest Highways Voices also hears the latest news from the industry and why connected vehicle start-up Eloy win this week’s Adrian’s Accolade.
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    Highways Voices, 12 January – Road Safety with Prof Nick Reed

    Highways Voices, 12 January – Road Safety with Prof Nick Reed

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    National Highways’ first Chief Safety Adviser has told the latest Highways Voices podcast that “things have to be addressed” when it comes to the perception of safety on smart motorways.
    As the Government announces a pausing of the rollout of any new All Lane Running motorways while safety data is assessed, Professor Nick Reed told the podcast that while statistically they are a safe form of motorway, “there is real risk, and there is also perceived risk, and we have to go about addressing both of those things”.
    Professor Reed, whose first project in the industry was related to the active traffic management solution on the M42, was in no way downplaying the need to address safety issues saying, “there have been some tragic incidents on smart motorways, and that's unacceptable. The target is zero harm, and that means things there are things that have to be addressed.
    “I think my role is making sure the network is used as best as it possibly can be, all the while heading towards that goal of zero harm.”
    The interview talks about his new role, what we can learn from driverless technology to make cars and roads safer now, learning from other countries’ innovations and why his position as an independent adviser may help to get more ideas flowing.
    The podcast also features a summary of some of the stories you’ll see on the Highways News website, and a very poignant “Adrian’s Accolade”.
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    Highways Voices, 6 January - TRB with Aimsun

    Highways Voices, 6 January - TRB with Aimsun

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    This week's Highways Voices hears about the major Transportation Research Board meeting in the US, where guest Matthew Juckes of Aimsun explains how "it really started off more as an academic research oriented conference but over the last 10 years... operations and the systems people and just more of the professionals in the industry, not just the academic side, have come to it and use it as a working place for various committees."
    The company's President in the US explains how the event is significant for everyone because it looks at all aspects of transport. "TRB is all encompassing - from pavement and road surfacing to traffic signals, controllers, to traffic management operations, to academic research on new algorithms and new approaches," he says. He explains how a lot of the AI machine learning data analytics space has really taken off, bringing together systems engineering, product development, hardware and core engineering, bridge design and road surface design, tied in with what academia is researching.
    The interview also talks about the latest in modelling for pedestrians and cyclists and how you can use real-time data and modelling to inform on the best way to alleviate traffic jams before they even happen and, as he spoke with New York in the background, how a major city can benefit from this.
    You'll also hear why Professor Phil Blythe of Newcastle University wins Adrian's Accolade, plus a round-up of the week's news.
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    Highways Voices 46 - Highlights and Christmas Bloopers

    Highways Voices 46 - Highlights and Christmas Bloopers

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    Back in January, Highways News created a new podcast series "Highways Voices".
    Thousands of listeners later, we're celebrating the end of the first year of programmes with a special highlights edition - and some examples of where things didn't quite go right first time.
    The programme features clips from some of the most popular interviews, including with TV legend Michael Rodd, newspaper columnist Peter Hitchens, behavioural expert Rory Sutherland and transport ministers past and present with Stephen Ladyman and Trudy Harrison.
    You can also hear clips from the first Highways Voice, John Pickworth of SWARCO, along with Geoff Collins of Jenoptik, Helen Blood of Boundary PR and Marketing, TfL’s Glynn Barton, White Willow Consulting owner Andy Graham, nutritionist Gilly Brunton and Adept’s Mark Corbin plus thoughts on leadership from Richard Tredwin of SRL, Clearview Intelligence’s Nick Lanigan and LCRIG’s Martin Duffy.
    Then there's a section showing how things sound before the editing software has been used, mostly pointing out mistakes by presenters Paul Hutton and Adrian Tatum, although there is the curious moment where one guest sounded like he'd turned into a dalek.
    Remember all the interviews are available in full on our podcast page. The bloopers are not.
    A Merry Christmas to you from all the Highways News team.
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    • 23 min
    Highways Voices 45 - leadership with Peter Anderson of Amey

    Highways Voices 45 - leadership with Peter Anderson of Amey

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    "Inspire them and lead them to higher performance, quicker outcomes, better customer service, improved health and safety, performance, better engagement of their teams."
    The words of Peter Anderson, Amey's Managing Director - Transport Infrastructure speaking about leadership on the latest Highways Voices podcast.
    In the latest conversation with one of our industry's leaders, Peter tells Adrian Tatum about his views on what makes a good leader, "I think the leader needs to be honest, I think the leader needs to be authentic... because that's how that leaders are better able to, to create followership. What a leader needs above all other things is a team that that follows the vision, follows the direction of travel, and feels valued and gets feedback by the leader."
    He describes the leadership process as giving staff the tools to do the work and make decisions themselves using a triangle with management, commercial and finance at each corner and asking themselves if what they are doing is "the right thing to do", and then backing their decision.
    "When you've got in your triangle, and you've come up with a collective decision, then I'll back you 100%, you make that decision, it's your call, you make it for the right reasons," he says. But then there's a warning if you don't follow the process. "If you are a lone wolf, and you make a decision entirely on your own, without consultation. If you're right, then that's fine, but you're looking, if you're wrong, and you have not consulted with your colleagues in the triangle, then we'll have a very difficult and very different conversation."
    Hear Peter's views on work in the communities, focussing on outcomes, and what our industry should do to lead.
    You can also hear a round-up of the latest news and who wins the penultimate "Adrian's Accolade" of 2021.
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    Highways Voices 44 - National Highways decarbonisation with Dr Joanna White

    Highways Voices 44 - National Highways decarbonisation with Dr Joanna White

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    The acting director for roads development in National Highways has explained how a new initiative to add storage capacity to enable more rapid EV charging at service stations is all about supporting range anxiety and making sure that the network's users have got regular intervals at which they can actually charge their vehicles.
    Dr Joanna White was discussing the https://highways-news.com/nh-plans-energy-storage-to-support-rapid-motorway-ev-charging/ (government-owned organisation p)lans to invest in Energy Storage Systems – essentially giant battery packs – for service stations where the grid supply is not enough for rapid charging infrastructure.
    "It's a really interesting project that we're leading, working with the Office for zero emission vehicles to look at how we can support motorway service areas with the their capacity to enable delivery of at least six rapid charging electric vehicle charging points by 2023," she explains. "So we're working with those have to focus on those service areas, which have got lower grid capacity grid connection... or have got lower footfall, and where we can install a battery type solution to charge up overnight or in low periods of demand and enhance the capacity connection that that motorway service area has."
    The wide-ranging discussion covers initiatives to decarbonise freight, standards in low carbon transport, liaising with local authorities and then National Highways' own decarbonisation efforts.
    "We are looking at our own corporate carbon, we're looking at where we get our energy from that that runs our offices, runs the lighting in our offices," she says. "We're looking at converting the lighting on the network to LED lighting and obviously reducing emissions to that we've invested in plug in hybrid electric vehicles for our traffic officer service."

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