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. Please click here. to see the agenda and to book your free space.
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 HounslowHounslow-LTN-Show-and-Tell-2020.pdf (2 downloads)
LB LambethLambeth_Managing-Streets-2020.pdf (2 downloads)
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:
- Actual delivery of ‘net zero carbon emissions by 2050’ or preferably earlier by all methods likely to have immediate effect
- 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.
- Ensuring we stop the dis-investment in infrastructure by proper maintenance of all our infrastructure
- ‘maximising productivity’ by reducing overheads in unnecessary/undesirable administrative overheads.
- Reduce pollution of particulates and noxious gases
- 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 (6 downloads)
Colin Mann – National Secretary – LGTAG – Secretary&lgtag.com / 07484191623
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.
- 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
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)
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.
Upcoming Online Learning Courses with PTRC – June / July 2020
PTRC have moved all their courses online to help you keep up with your CPD hours remotely! Courses will be delivered via face-to-face format with their trainers and where all course work, workshops and interactivity is as delivered in a classroom, allowing for the same level of learning!
24-25 June Transport Modelling for Non-Modellers https://www.ptrc-training.co.uk/Events/Event-Details/dateid/4114
30 June Traffic Orders – Principles and Good Practice https://www.ptrc-training.co.uk/Events/Event-Details/dateid/4117
2 July Essential Legislation for Transport Planners https://www.ptrc-training.co.uk/Events/Event-Details/dateid/4091
7 July Successful Planning Applications https://www.ptrc-training.co.uk/Events/Event-Details/dateid/4090
8+15 July Public Inquiries and Appeals https://www.ptrc-training.co.uk/Events/Event-Details/dateid/4112
9 July Urban Logistics https://www.ptrc-training.co.uk/Events/Event-Details/dateid/4250
14 July Bid Writing https://www.ptrc-training.co.uk/Events/Event-Details/dateid/4244
15-16 July Transport Planning for Non-Modellers https://www.ptrc-training.co.uk/Events/Event-Details/dateid/4114
20-21 July Cycling for Transport https://www.ptrc-training.co.uk/Events/Event-Details/dateid/4092
Current fees per person for the one-day are £365 and for the two-day of £525 but we are please to advise that PTRC have kindly agreed to offer discount to some LGTAG members. Please enquire for more details on that member benefit.
LGTAG are pleased to advertise a webinar being hosted by our friends over at the Local Government Association. More details below.
The LGA is running a webinar on 18th June on Decarbonising transport after the COVID-19 crisis for LGA member councils. With expert speakers from University of Leeds, Sustrans and Department for Transport, this webinar is an opportunity to discuss the profound effect on travel patterns from the COVID crisis, and to discuss the future of private and active travel, public transport and councils’ ambitions for decarbonisation of the country’s transport sector. The webinar will be chaired by Councillor David Renard, Chair of the LGA’s Economy, Environment, Housing and Transport Board. Please go to the LGA website event page for further information and to book your place.
National Secretary LGTAG
The group have responded to the DfT’s invitation to provide views on
- proposed trial locations for legal use of e-scooters.
- the Future Mobility consultation e-scooter component
Our responses, led by Alan Tilly on behalf of Dominic Proud’s Strategic Transport Board, are downloadable below.
Response to e-scooter trial consultationLGTAG-DfT-escooter-trials-consultation-response-2nd-June-2020.pdf (14 downloads)
Response to e-scooter Future Mobility consultationFuture-of-Transport-Regulatory-Review-Local-Government-Techincal-Advisors-Group-response.pdf (11 downloads)
Colin Mann – National Secretary – [email protected]
Following extensive and close working with DfT and across the Highways Sector, including the IHE, RSTA and LCRIG, and partners in ADEPT and CIHT, the attached letter from Baroness Vere is to be welcomed by the entire Highways sector.
John Lamb, Immediate Past President of LGTAG said ‘by working across Counties, Metropolitan and Unitary Councils a clear message has been heard by colleagues in the DfT. At times we are having to ‘run to standstill’ and whilst this can never be described as ‘business as usual’ it is clear that where we can provide appropriate safe distancing there is every expectation that Councils, contractors and their supply chains deliver the best highways service they can across planned, preventative and reactive maintenance.Baroness-Vere240420-highways-Covid-19.pdf (32 downloads)
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