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Carry on President!

Carry on President!

LGTAG Council & Presidential handover

On 10 December our Council met. In a novel ceremony we had a virtual handover of the Presidential chain of office from Mid Ulster’s Andrew Cassells to the Royal Borough of  Kensington & Chelsea’s Mahmood Siddiqi (pictured above).

A video clip captured the moment with Oscar nominee standard performances from Andrew and Mahmood. The trailer for “Carry on President” is viewable here.

Council expressed our appreciation of Andrew’s leadership in his extended term during the particular challenges of Covid-19 restrictions. Mahmood then set out the headlines for his term. You can read more about his thoughts in an interview with Alex Peachey from our partners at LCRIG. The interview is available via this link.

Colin Mann – National Secretary – [email protected] / 07484191623


PTRC Courses Q1 2021

PTRC Courses Q1 2021

Please see the interesting range of professional development courses available from our friends over at PTRC in the first quarter of 2021. LGTAG members can get some discounts too.


DatesJANUARYDetails via link to PTRC websiteCPD
13 January Participation and Consultation in Transport Planninghttps://www.ptrc-training.co.uk/Events/Event-Details/dateid/43486
14 January The Fundamentals of Travel Planninghttps://www.ptrc-training.co.uk/Events/Event-Details/dateid/43516
20 January Traffic Orders for Transport Plannershttps://www.ptrc-training.co.uk/Events/Event-Details/dateid/43526
27 January Principals of Traffic and Transport – 20 Week Evening Lecture Serieshttps://www.ptrc-training.co.uk/Events/Event-Details/dateid/438020
28 January Successful Planning Applicationshttps://www.ptrc-training.co.uk/Events/Event-Details/dateid/43646
2 – 3 February Transport Modelling for Non-Modellershttps://www.ptrc-training.co.uk/Events/Event-Details/dateid/435312
10 February Access and Inclusionhttps://www.ptrc-training.co.uk/Events/Event-Details/dateid/43546
24 – 25 February Scheme Appraisal for Transport Plannershttps://www.ptrc-training.co.uk/Events/Event-Details/dateid/435512
04 & 11 February Public Inquiries and Appealshttps://www.ptrc-training.co.uk/Events/Event-Details/dateid/433912
3 – 4 March Planning Public Transporthttps://www.ptrc-training.co.uk/Events/Event-Details/dateid/435612
11 March Road Safety Audits – Principals and Good Practicehttps://www.ptrc-training.co.uk/Events/Event-Details/dateid/43576
16 March Construction Management Planshttps://www.ptrc-training.co.uk/Events/Event-Details/dateid/43436
30 – 31 March Transport Modelling for Non-Modellershttps://www.ptrc-training.co.uk/Events/Event-Details/dateid/435812



Planning for the Future – consultation response and issues

Planning for the Future – consultation response and issues

LGTAG’s London region have held a well supported workshop on the transport implications of the Government’s Planning for the Future proposals.  The group have subsequently written to the MCHLG about issues that arose. This is available below.

LoTAG response to MCHLG

LOTAG-PftP-Response-FINAL-20201122.pdf (6 downloads)

LGTAG registered members can also download the presentations from the workshop Chair (Dominic Millen of LB Enfield) and Transport for London below. The transport annexe from the Mayor of London’s consultation response is also provided.

Chair’s presentation to workshop

LoTAG-Planning-for-the-Future-overview-Nov-2020.pdf (4 downloads)

TfL presentation to workshop

TfL-Planning-for-the-future-LGTAG-Nov-2020.pdf (3 downloads)

Mayor of London’s consultation response – transport annexe

Consultation-response-PftF-Mayor-of-London-Transport-Annexe-Oct-2020.pdf (2 downloads)

The original Proposals can be found via the MHCLG website here.

LGTAG back Living Streets stance on Highway Code changes

LGTAG back Living Streets stance on Highway Code changes

LGTAG have submitted a response to the DfT’s Highway Code consultation that closed today (27 October 2020). Having heard from Living Streets at our last Strategic Transport Board we have wholeheartedly backed their stance on the issues raised.  Our covering email and the full Living Streets response can be downloaded below.

Covering email

Highway-Code-cover-email-271020.pdf (6 downloads)

Full LS response

Living-Streets-response-to-the-Review-of-the-Highway-Code-2020.pdf (6 downloads)

LGTAG supporting Highways UK 2020

LGTAG supporting Highways UK 2020

We are again delighted to be supporting this year’s Highways UK On Line which will be a 5 day festival from 2nd to 6th November. It has the usual array of great speakers and is a brave and exciting (hopefully temporary) move to a digital platform.

Friday the 6th will be the local authorities hub day with particular interest and input from LGTAG – John Lamb is on from 0950 that morning talking about resilience.

You can see the agenda and book your free space  at HUK’s site here.

Active Travel schemes “show and tell” – September 3rd 2020

Active Travel schemes “show and tell” – September 3rd 2020

The London Strategic Transport Forum (LoTAG 1) chaired by Mark Frost held a well attended “show and tell” session on Thursday 3rd September 2020. This enabled officers across London’s boroughs to hear about the practical issues arising in the wave of quick emergency active travel schemes being implemented across London.  Three authorities provided case studies. The slides downloadable below give information on examples in LB Lambeth and LB Hounslow.

LB Hounslow

Hounslow-LTN-Show-and-Tell-2020.pdf (8 downloads)

LB Lambeth

Lambeth_Managing-Streets-2020.pdf (10 downloads)

LB Lewisham

(to follow)



LGTAG response to Comprehensive Spending Review consultation 2020

LGTAG response to Comprehensive Spending Review consultation 2020

LGTAG have recently submitted a response to the Chancellor’s Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) consultation.  As might be expected we had plenty of issues relating to our members’ areas of responsibility to raise.  We draw attention to the following themes as priorities for expenditure:

  1. Actual delivery of ‘net zero carbon emissions by 2050’ or preferably earlier by all methods likely to have immediate effect
  2. Investing in infrastructure to reduce disruption and associated costs and ensure public and private enterprise can continue to provide economic gain in times of crises including the effects of global warming/heating.
  3. Ensuring we stop the dis-investment in infrastructure by proper maintenance of all our infrastructure
  4. ‘maximising productivity’ by reducing overheads in unnecessary/undesirable administrative overheads.
  5. Reduce pollution of particulates and noxious gases
  6. Providing support for healthy lives including exercise and reduction of obesity

You can download the full response below.

LGTAG-Representation-on-Government-Comprehensive-Spending-Review-17-9-2020.pdf (12 downloads)

Colin Mann – National Secretary – LGTAG – Secretary&lgtag.com / 07484191623

PTRC – Autumn Professional Development 2020 (with updated road safety course dates)

PTRC – Autumn Professional Development 2020 (with updated road safety course dates)

As the days draw in with winter approaching there are more valuable training and development opportunities this Autumn from our partners over at PTRC.  Many LGTAG members can receive discounts on the cost.

  1. Heading the list the long established 20 week PTRC lecture series on “The Principles of Traffic and Transport” returns online from October 1st.    More details available on their website here.

2. A wide range of other individual sessions are also running as listed below with links to more detail. PLEASE NOTE UPDATED ROAD SAFETY COURSE DATES



    14 October 2020

    Business Engagement and Travel Planninghttps://www.ptrc-training.co.uk/Events/Event-Details/dateid/4337
    16 October 2020Cycling Infrastructure Designhttps://www.ptrc-training.co.uk/Events/Event-Details/dateid/4338
    21-22 October 2020Public Inquiries and Appealshttps://www.ptrc-training.co.uk/Events/Event-Details/dateid/4339
    04 November 2020Successful Planning Applicationshttps://www.ptrc-training.co.uk/Events/Event-Details/dateid/4364
    10 November 2020Scenario Planning for Transport Plannershttps://www.ptrc-training.co.uk/Events/Event-Details/dateid/4342
    12 November 2020Construction Management Planshttps://www.ptrc-training.co.uk/Events/Event-Details/dateid/4343
    17 November 2020Project Managementhttps://www.ptrc-training.co.uk/Events/Event-Details/dateid/4344
    25 November 2020Traffic Surveys 
    16-17 December 2020 NEW DATES replaces 25/26 NovemberAdvanced Road Safetyhttps://www.ptrc-training.co.uk/Events/Event-Details/dateid/4362
    24 November 2020School Travel Planshttps://www.ptrc-training.co.uk/Events/Event-Details/dateid/4345
    02 December 2020Equality Act for Transport Plannershttps://www.ptrc-training.co.uk/Events/Event-Details/dateid/4346

Fireside chats with CILT / PTRC 16 & 23 July

Fireside chats with CILT / PTRC 16 & 23 July

Another couple of events that may interest our LGTAG members.

PTRC and CILT have two exciting Fireside Chats coming up in the next few weeks!

Both events are free to attend.

**What have the roads ever done for us, and what would we like them to do from now on?**

Thursday 16 July 2020
16:00 – 17:30 BST
[Free Booking Available here] (https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ptrc-fireside-chat-what-have-the-roads-ever-done-for-us-tickets-110251142134)

**Freight and Logistics: Post Covid-19 & zero carbon – unpacking the 6 ‘C’s**

Thursday 23 July 2020
16:00 – 17:30 BST
[Free Booking Available Here] (https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/freight-and-logistics-post-covid-19-zero-carbon-unpacking-the-6-cs-tickets-110961494818)

The previous two events in the series were a great success with over 3700 views.  [They can be seen here.](https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDP28MZ2Wl8YxfBe241q5X8EoT2AH269q)

Highway inspections webinar – LCRIG / GAIST – 16 July 2020

Highway inspections webinar – LCRIG / GAIST – 16 July 2020

Our LGTAG members at GAIST are holding an event with our LCRIG partners that may well interest a wider section of our membership. Details below


Highways safety inspections are a statutory obligation for councils. Vital for keeping roads safe, they also provide authorities with critical evidence necessary for defending against claims.

However, these inspections consume much time and resource. Typically carried out by a slow-moving vehicle, or on foot, some routes may also require traffic management with its associated costs and disruption.  Due to the huge success of their first webinar, hosted by Local Council Roads Innovation Group (LCRIG),  Gaist will be holding a further session to unveil their modern solution that addresses many of the challenges you face in conducting your highways safety inspection.

Gaist would like to invite you to find out more about the new product SafetyView and how it can help you introduce significant cost and time efficiencies – enabling you to manage your safety inspections in a way never seen before.

Please click here to register for this webinar which will be taking place at 11am on Thursday 16th July.

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