News | TTF News | 7 October 2021
Roads Minister praises TTF work

The Roads Minister Baroness Vere has praised the work of the Transport Technology Forum during a keynote speech at the Strictly highways conference.

“The TTF is crucial to ensuring the take up of new technology is coordinated and accessible to all irrespective of size or capability,” she told delegates.  “It has done great work so far organising events and webinars, collecting local authority traffic data during the response to Covid-19, and publishing guidance on cyber security, procurement, and scheme evaluation.”

“The TTF has a strong track record of bringing the roads technology community together, encouraging engagement and helping the sector align with government policy,” she told delegates. “I am sure the strengths that LCRIG bring will only enhance this work.”

Earlier this year LCRIG and the Transport Technology Forum (TTF) announced a new partnership to promote best practice, collaboration and innovation across the sector.

Baroness Vere also complimented the event organisers LCRIG during her address.  Speaking about the progress of the group over the last 12 months, she said: “I am aware how LCRIG has evolved rapidly over a relatively short period, culminating in becoming a ‘Community Interest Company’ in 2020, enabling the group’s ability to further help the highways sector.

“As our industry continues to face new challenges of climate change and decarbonisation and striving to improve social value through better design of our network, it is vital that industry stakeholder groups continue to work positively together, as well as with the Department for Transport, as we Build Back Better from Covid-19.

“LCRIG has certainly been busy over the last year, with the pandemic not halting progress. Take procurement, I look forward to hearing more about the development of your new globally recognised framework approach – which has secured the input of a dozen construction companies, working together to design and implement new solutions to old problems.”

 

Speaking ahead of the Spending Review on 27 October, the minister thanked the sector for the work it has done to maintain and improve highways during the past 18 months.

Summing up, she said: “Our local highways will always be among our most valuable national assets. Critical to the way our economy operates. Vital to the way our society operates too. That’s never going to change. That’s why all your work on road innovation is so beneficial, and your contribution so appreciated.”

Baroness Vere’s full speech will be available to watch on demand from Friday (8 October).

(Picture – Parliament.uk)