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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.

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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 27 July - looking ahead to a busy autumn of events

    Highways Voices 27 July - looking ahead to a busy autumn of events

    This last Highways Voices before the August break features a look ahead to three major events we'll be covering this autumn.
    First, we chat to John Nightingale, organiser of the popular JCT Traffic Signals Symposium about what's in the event, who are the key speakers, how it's the biggest ever exhibition and why the bar won't run dry.
    Then Prof Eric Sampson, Chief Rapporteur of the ITS World Congress gives us a flavour of the event we'll be reporting from in Los Angeles, thanks to our sponsors SWARCO, Nota AI and GEWI. The chat features the key themes, demonstrations and how you can get the most of it, even if you're not able to make it to California.
    Finally we chat to Highways UK Senior Conference producer Claudia Davidson. She talks about the ever-growing event, who are the keynote speakers lined up and how there are two more theatres of content this year, as well as the huge exhibition.
    Add in the latest news from the website, our partner updates and why Kier win Adrian's Accolade, and it's a great Highways Voices to see us into the summer.

    • 26 min
    Highways Voices 20 July - Paula Claytonsmith of LCRIG

    Highways Voices 20 July - Paula Claytonsmith of LCRIG

    "I have been talking about making the case for local roads for a number of years, so the fact that LCRIG sees that as at the heart of what it does is close to my heart," says Paula Claytonsmith, the LCRIG's new Director, Government and Strategy on this week's Highways Voices.
    She talks about the LCRIG - the Local Council Roads Innovation Group - mission to make the case for local roads, explaining that "The reality is that local roads are always going to be at the heart of how our communities operate, and become more successful and economically viable, and how they become more connected on a more societal level.
    "So making the case for local roads is as much about the communities that received their day to day services, how to get to the office, how to get young people to colleges, schools, and everything that a network entails. If you think about it, people talk about universal service. But in some respects, a road is a universal service, and that road is evolving all the time."
    Ms Claytonsmith talks about active travel, procurement, technology at the roadside, political viewpoints and funding in a wide-ranging fascinating interview.
    You'll also hear why GRAHAM win this week's "Adrian's Accolade" and plenty of interesting content in our partner news.
    Join Adrian Tatum and Paul Hutton for this week's half hour of transport chat.

    • 31 min
    Highways Voices 13 July - Steve Elderkin of National Highways

    Highways Voices 13 July - Steve Elderkin of National Highways

    “There's something like 46 action plans now, across the company, I'm really clear that what we can't do is have a big central team that is delivering on carbon, and everyone else carries on working as they did before,” explains National Highways’ Director of Environmental Sustainability Steve Elderkin on this week’s Highways Voices podcast. “Carbon needs to become part of everyone's role and everyone's decision making. So my team are going to remain pretty small actions are going to be owned across the business, and if we deliver against the commitments in the plan, then we will deliver the carbon reductions that we need to.”
    Mr Elderkin took on this role at the beginning of the year, with a remit to lead the implementation of National Highways Net Zero Plan and Environmental Strategy, connecting the country sustainably. He gave a wide-ranging interview on the podcast, telling Adrian Tatum that, “All of our governance decisions, needs to be thinking about not just financial affordability, but carbon affordability. and decision makers need to have good carbon information in front of them. But also for partners and contractors, they need to have the understanding of where the carbon is coming from, which parts of their design are carbon intensive, so that they can target their efforts to find alternative, lower carbon ways of delivering the benefits from the projects.”
    The interview features discussions about connected vehicles, the supply chain’s role in carbon reduction and how we need to rethink the way roads are actually built. “If we cannot rise to the challenge of constructing and operating our roads in a net zero carbon way, then we're not going to have a lot of call for construction jobs,” adds Mr Elderkin, “and so the success and the vibrancy of the sector relies on us working together.”
    You’ll also hear news about events from our podcast partners ITS (UK) and the Transport Technology Forum, details of a successful LCRIG Innovation Festival and a warning from ADEPT, as well as why Marlborough Highways wins this week’s “Adrian’s Accolade”.

    • 26 min
    Highways Voices 29 June – Steve Spender of IHE

    Highways Voices 29 June – Steve Spender of IHE

    "We constantly monitor and we survey our members in terms of what they think they need in terms of training, and we look at the sector, find out where the sector is, is identifying training needs are required," explains Institute of Highway Engineers CEO Steve Spender on this week's Highways Voices as he discusses training and recruiting the next generation of industry professionals. "One of the things that we are doing is running an initiative called a professional development partnership, in which we're signing a memorandum of understanding with partners that want to work with the institution."
    Training is key to the IHE, which provides professional development opportunities, support and leadership for individuals to achieve and maintain professional recognition.
    Steve talks about how the IHE is "linked through the work that we do with the Royal Academy of Engineering in developing new engineers, and we get involved in the forums that carried out by the Royal Academy of Engineering and others in new engineers," and how he speaks to students at universities, telling them why our industry is such a great career. He also talks about how things have changed since he was President ten years ago.
    You can also hear why https://www.nota.ai/ (Nota AI) wins Adrian's Accolade, lots of details of events in the Partner News and a pick of stories on the Highways News website.

    • 20 min
    Highways Voices 22 June – Fixing rural mobility with WSP

    Highways Voices 22 June – Fixing rural mobility with WSP

    Understanding the needs of rural communities is a vital part in planning an effective rural mobility strategy.
    These are the thoughts of Peter Ramsey, Associate Director for future mobility at WSP, our guest on this week’s Highways Voices.
    In it, we explore: why rural mobility is essential to meet Net Zero targets and grow local economies – by reducing car dependency and providing people greater access to local jobs, essential services, and economic centres of activity. Also, we discover how greater rural connectivity can be achieved, through cross-sector collaboration, local council engagement, and planning reform
    WSP has recently been appointed to design the first ever rural mobility strategy at the sub-national level for the South-West of England, with Peninsula Transport and Western Gateway sub-national transport bodies.
    “Our starting point hasn't just been around the issues that we find there is understanding the different people who live there. We had to take a deeper dive into the understanding of all those issues.”
    Last year, WSP published its ’30-minute Rural Community’ research report which reflects on the key issues rural areas can face, such as social isolation and lacking employment opportunities, and solutions to this making our rural communities more prosperous and sustainable.
    “We have studied all those different communities to better understand that network of settlements and communities and how they might work better together so a range of publicly available mobility, whether that be public transport, shared cycles can be the choice, not just focusing on private car use but improving mobility for a wider range of people, particularly those who don't have access to a car,” added Mr Ramsey.
    Last month, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Rural Powerhouse said that https://www.constructionnews.co.uk/news/poor-rural-infrastructure-costing-economy-43bn-per-year-28-04-2022/ (inadequate rural infrastructure costs the UK economy £43bn per year).
    In today's podcast you'll also hear our partner news with https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/digitalroadsforlocalroadssurvey/ (details of a new survey) to help create Digital Roads for Local Roads, the categories for the https://its-uk.org.uk/awards (ITS (UK) Awards), more about https://lcrig.org.uk/events/innovation-festival-making-the-case-for-innovation (LCRIG's Innovation Festival) and the thoughts of the new https://adeptnet.org.uk/ (ADEPT) President Mark Kemp.

    • 29 min
    Highways Voices 15 June – Sarah Sharples at the TTF Conference

    Highways Voices 15 June – Sarah Sharples at the TTF Conference

    "I think when it was first brought in as a role to government departments, the Chief Scientific Adviser was expected to be the wise expert who knew everything about science," says the Department for Transport's Chief Scientific Adviser Professor Sarah Sharples on this week's Highways Voices podcast. "I hope I don't disappoint you, I don't know everything about science," she went on, "But what my job is to do is to make those connections between people who do have that deep knowledge and embedded in the work of the department. So I'm going to talk a little bit about the role of science and technology within the department."
    This week's main audio on this week's Highways Voices is Prof Sharples' speech at the Transport Technology Forum in Liverpool last month that is so good, it's worth hearing in full.
    In the address she talks about how technology is crucial in delivering the transport networks of the future, how “We are seeing evolution and revolution in transport," and that the priorities are environment, improving transport for the user, global impacts, and levelling up and growing the economy.
    Hear the whole address, plus news from our partners, why Transport for Wales win this week's "Adrian's Accolade" and the reunion of hosts Paul Hutton and Adrian Tatum, meeting up in person for the first time in more than two years, and for the first time since they set up Highways News!
    Follow Highways News on https://twitter.com/highways_news (Twitter), https://www.linkedin.com/company/42942684/admin/ (LinkedIn) and https://highways-news.com/subscribe/ (subscribe to our daily newsletter here).
    Links:
    http://lcrig.org.uk/ (LCRIG website)
    https://its-uk.org.uk/ (ITS (UK) website)
    https://ttf.uk.net/ (TTF website)
    https://adeptnet.org.uk/ (Adept website)

    • 25 min

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