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Highways Voices

Paul Hutton

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 43 - ADEPT Live Labs with Giles Perkins
The ADEPT Live Labs projects have brought local authorities closer to innovation than they have ever been before, providing them with new, more efficient and better ways of working. These are the comments of Programme Director Giles Perkins, who spoke to Highways Voices ahead of the upcoming ADEPT Smart Places Live Labs Expo, taking place on December 1st in Derby. Mr Perkins, who is also Head of Future Mobility at WSP told Highways Voices: "The Key to the success of Live Labs has been the collaboration between local authorities and the private sector, and out there to maintenance providers, but also new entrants into the market that they may not have had relationships with before SMEs, academia, all sorts of people, the sharing of that innovation, the roles and responsibilities. "The opportunities that have come from that really is built on collaboration. Everybody has been pitching in together playing to the strengths, but learning along the way. But one could argue that given what we've got to address with climate change, etc, we are all going to have to innovate and innovation is something that we will all need to do as business as usual, we will all need to be agile, we will all need to understand how we can make change, but also response and move on from failure if failures occur. The best way to do that is to do that collaboratively." Mr Perkins said that a portal, where all the information and learning from the eight Live Lab projects so far, is being developed to help extend the learning to every local authority in the UK, as well as to consider any potential future projects. You can register for the ADEPT Smart Places Live Labs Expo here: . https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/live-labs-expo-2021-tickets-180037024587 You can find the JCT Traffic Signals Symposium highlights video here: https://highways-news.com/jct-launches-highlights-video-from-popular-traffic-signals-symposium/ Subscribe to Highways Voices free on https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/highways-voices/id1551975855 (Apple Podcasts,) https://open.spotify.com/show/0U6BbFBYLr5eeX0HuZtPv8 (Spotify), https://highways-voices.captivate.fm/amazon (Amazon Music), https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkcy5jYXB0aXZhdGUuZm0vaGlnaHdheXMtdm9pY2Vz (Google Podcasts) or https://pca.st/7a3xxskl (Pocket Casts) and never miss an episode!
1w ago
19 mins
Highways Voices 42 - Human behaviour and transport with Sutherland and Dyson
Two of the UK's leading experts on the behaviour of people while travelling are urging engineers to redefine how they measure a successful transport system. Rory Sutherland and Pete Dyson have written a book https://www.amazon.co.uk/Transport-Humans-Nearly-There-Perspectives/dp/1913019357/ref=sr_1_1?crid=RTOR7OC8EDNW&keywords=transport+for+humans+are+we+nearly+there+yet&qid=1637055060&qsid=257-1545814-6368569&sprefix=transport+for+h%2Caps%2C158&sr=8-1&sres=1913019357%2CB08XWFGHZH%2CB00HFAY8IS%2CB006UN3K4O%2CB07NWVFHKP%2C0141194626%2CB0778WX5JW%2C0946535175%2C1849909687%2CB00STMP68M%2CB000SNUQRQ%2CB01BNL63J6%2CB087KLKN7T%2CB07DY5S5BX%2CB07ZRZL6F3%2CB00IA52LF4 ("Transport for Humans - Are We Nearly There Yet") which they discuss on this week's Highways Voices podcast. In the book they write how engineers plan transport systems, but people use them, and the ways in which an engineer measures success – speed, journey time, efficiency – are often not the way that passengers think about a good trip. "We are not cargo," they write, "We choose how and when to travel, influenced not only by speed and time but by habit, status, comfort, variety – and many other factors that engineering equations don’t capture at all. "As we near the practical, physical limits of speed, capacity and punctuality, the greatest hope for a brighter future lies in adapting transport to more human wants and needs. Behavioural science has immense potential to improve the design of roads, railways, planes and pavements – as well as the ways in which we use them – but only when we embrace the messier reality of transport for humans." "An understanding of human psychology offers far more potential for ingenuity in transport solutions, than simply looking at what you might call real world SI derived metrics of speed and punctuality and capacity," Rory Sutherland, who is Vice Chairman of brand agency Ogilvy, told the podcast. "So the scope for ingenuity is much, much greater. If you're prepared to actually wrestle with some of the counterintuitive, and sometimes eccentric mysteries of human perception. "We don't perceive the world objectively, we have, you can see this from English language, time flies, when you're having fun, or it was the longest ten minutes of my life, you know, we don't perceive time, like a metronome or a stopwatch". He explains that we plan for the average, but that nobody is average. "We spend an awful lot of time trying to solve for the average, we take the average traveller, solve for him or her, or rather it because it's an average and then impose that optimal solution on everybody, regardless of their varying preferences and comparative sets." The authors worked together at Ogilvy until Pete Dyson moved to a role within the Department for Transport, looking at new ways to deliver transport. "Has transport fully realised the key product that it is selling?", Pete comments in the podcast. "On the one hand, it's the get the person from A to B point. But if you only think of it in those terms, then you get to this reductionist area of we'll get them to be faster than a is the best possible option. But thinking of it differently leads to some more cheeky ideas." Using the example of the Caledonian Sleeper between London and Scotland which is more expensive and slower than a flight, but still a very attractive travel option he suggests, "What if the sleeper train were a room on AirBnB, and when you're looking for rooms in Aberdeen, you can book the sleeper train, because after all, that could be your first night in Aberdeen, or vice versa if you wanted to stay in London, and now suddenly the cost feels a little bit different because after all you're paying for a nice accommodation." The conversation discusses a range of topics from multi-modal travel to smart motorways, from road charging and parking pricing to route choices and working on trains. Subscribe to Highways Voices free...
Nov 17 2021
33 mins
Highways Voices 41 - active travel with Tom Cohen of Westminster University
A five-year settlement for local authorities and a change to the Highways Act to allow delivery in accordance to the imperatives of the time are two of the most important things that should be considered to help support future investment and planning for active travel, according to this week's guest on the Highways Voices podcast. The University of Westminster's Tom Cohen, report author for the latest report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Cycling and Walking (APPGCW). He tells this week's Highways Voices that there was an agreement among almost all those surveyed that a five-year funding settlement would be ideal to allow  a ‘funding horizon’ of five years to enable transport/highway authorities to build teams and manage programmes successfully but at the same time giving central government the fiscal control it needs. A change to the Highways Act, he said would mean that local authorities could develop and manage their network in accordance with the need to achieve the goals of environmental sustainability and improved public health.  "It would need to impose upon highways authorities, a requirement to act in accordance with the imperatives of the time, notably climate change and public health. And there would be an expectation that authorities would, whenever taking action on the highway network, always be looking to improve if at all possible, the arrangements for active travel, and at the very least not to make them any worse," said Mr Cohen. The report also recommends that a new standard is created for active travel to ensure councils adhere to issues of justice when planning further active travel. Subscribe to Highways Voices free on https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/highways-voices/id1551975855 (Apple Podcasts,) https://open.spotify.com/show/0U6BbFBYLr5eeX0HuZtPv8 (Spotify), https://highways-voices.captivate.fm/amazon (Amazon Music), https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkcy5jYXB0aXZhdGUuZm0vaGlnaHdheXMtdm9pY2Vz (Google Podcasts) or https://pca.st/7a3xxskl (Pocket Casts) and never miss an episode!
Nov 10 2021
22 mins
Highways Voices 40 - Day two of Highways UKHighways Voices 39 - Day one of Highways UKHighways Voices 38 - Looking ahead to Highways UK
We’ve had a welcome return to face-to-face events in this country over the autumn but nothing on the scale of Highways UK, so this week’s Highways Voices looks ahead to this major event at the NEC. In the podcast, Paul Hutton and Adrian Tatum chat to Highways UK content director Paul Wheeler who tells them, ”All sorts of big thinking areas are the Main Theatre or what we call a big thinking stage, which is a very high level strategic insights - almost TED Talks for road sector.” The two Highways News co-owners also talk to President of the Institution of Civil Engineers Rachel Skinner who’s leading a discussion on Getting Serious – Climate Action Towards Net Zero. “There won't be a single rulebook, we won't have all the answers,” she says.  “We just need to get on across each of the sectors, across each of those lifecycle stages and be confident that we're all pulling in same direction to go as fast as we possibly can. Because this genuinely is urgent at the moment.” “Roads are a big emitter surface transport is the single biggest carbon emitting sector in the country and road transport makes up the vast majority of that,” adds National Highways’ Executive Director, Strategy and Planning Elliot Shaw, “So it's really imperative on those to drive the shift to net zero.” The official podcast provider of Highways UK also brings you some of the top stories on the Highways News website, and why SRL wins this week’s “Adrian’s Accolade”. Subscribe to Highways Voices free on https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/highways-voices/id1551975855 (Apple Podcasts,) https://open.spotify.com/show/0U6BbFBYLr5eeX0HuZtPv8 (Spotify), https://highways-voices.captivate.fm/amazon (Amazon Music), https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkcy5jYXB0aXZhdGUuZm0vaGlnaHdheXMtdm9pY2Vz (Google Podcasts) or https://pca.st/7a3xxskl (Pocket Casts) and never miss an episode!
Oct 27 2021
28 mins
Highways Voices 37 - a bonus programme from Hamburg thanks to GEWI and SWARCO
Highways Voices host Paul Hutton has returned from Hamburg and in this podcast he chats with Adrian Tatum about what he saw at the ITS World Congress 2021, and brings you four bonus interviews from the event, sponsored by https://swarco.com/ (SWARCO) and https://gewi.com/ (GEWI). As well as GEWI's new cycling information service, there were many other active travel solutions on display at the event which Paul talks about, as well as chatting to Cubic's Dave Powell about a camera solution which identifies pedestrians and cyclists to give them priority on the network. "The government seen the benefits of active travel - Covid taught us that people do want to be out and about and they do want to gain the benefits that provides," he said. "This is a response to that. I think we were early in the development of it and to see that need, but being able to use the technology to our benefit and continue the benefits that we've seen through Covid through increased active travel use is tremendously important." Teledyne FLIR also discuss their traffic camera solutions while Sopra Steria update us on their innovations in the UK' National Traffic Information Service and we hear from location specialists HERE about their range of innovations. You'll also hear a surprising Adrian's Accolade this week, and Paul mention (twice) to interviewees that he used to run a radio traffic news company which gathered some of its information from Little Chefs and petrol stations. Yes, really. Subscribe to Highways Voices free on https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/highways-voices/id1551975855 (Apple Podcasts,) https://open.spotify.com/show/0U6BbFBYLr5eeX0HuZtPv8 (Spotify), https://highways-voices.captivate.fm/amazon (AmazonMusic), https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkcy5jYXB0aXZhdGUuZm0vaGlnaHdheXMtdm9pY2Vz (Google Podcasts) or https://pca.st/7a3xxskl (Pocket Casts) and never miss an episode!
Oct 20 2021
23 mins
Highways Voices from Hamburg – Friday at ITS World Congress 2021
Against all the odds, the ITS World Congress in Hamburg has taken place with around 15,000 people attending, and Highways News brings you one final podcast from the event in Hamburg today, sponsored by https://swarco.com/ (SWARCO) and https://gewi.com/ (GEWI). Paul Hutton speaks to modelling company Aimsun about how they can fix traffic jams before they happen with Senior Product Specialist Martin Hartmann explaining, “the traffic management centre can improve their decision making by having a reliable prediction,” while Sebastian Baucutt of detection company Navtech Radar explains how stopped vehicle detection really does work, saying, “We make sensors and we're very proud that actually our radar sensors are both very reliable and very accurate.” As Dynniq Mobility completes its first major event as part of the SWARCO family, CEO Jan Vos explains the sort of conversations he’s been having with clients, “explaining to them what will be the combined strength of the group where are we complimentary where do we have overlaps discussed those kinds of things” while road data specialists Gaist describe their new connected car road analysis tool as Asset Safety Manager John Swift says, “we show them their condition of the road from my laptop, to an extent of their don’t know exists.” There’s also Eric Sampson’s guide to Friday and a podcast farewell with Jacob Bangsgaard, ERTICO – ITS Europe CEO. Subscribe to Highways Voices free on https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/highways-voices/id1551975855 (Apple Podcasts,) https://open.spotify.com/show/0U6BbFBYLr5eeX0HuZtPv8 (Spotify), https://highways-voices.captivate.fm/amazon (Amazon) https://highways-voices.captivate.fm/amazon (Music), https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkcy5jYXB0aXZhdGUuZm0vaGlnaHdheXMtdm9pY2Vz (Google Podcasts) or https://pca.st/7a3xxskl (Pocket Casts) and never miss
Oct 14 2021
25 mins
Highways Voices from Hamburg – Thursday at ITS World Congress 2021
Volkswagen’s autonomous ridesharing subsidiary MOIA is committing to delivering driverless rides to the city of Hamburg by 2025, and the company’s CEO explains the background on Thursday’s Highways Voices podcast from the ITS World Congress sponsored by https://swarco.com/ (SWARCO) and https://gewi.com/ (GEWI). “The goal really is by 2024-25 we'll have a commercial ride pooling service without safety drivers fully autonomous available here in Hamburg,” Robert Henrich told host Paul Hutton. “These vehicles now exist, you can see them you can touch them… and we now start mapping and start doing the test drives. It's now finally happening.” Other technical advancements in Hamburg are explained by Martin Huber, who is Director General of Hamburg’s Ministry of Transport and Mobility Transition who joins Paul again to discuss existing technology on the streets of the city including “Red lights that given invisible signal, which is exactly the same as the light on the micro second” that interface with connected and autonomous vehicles. Ronny Dittrich from GEWI has perfected a way of managing roadworks in real time to improve the environment and road safety explaining, “TIC for work zones is a system where everyone working with work zones in a company, and maybe also other companies can put their work zones into a single system… where conflicts can be detected,” while we also hear about a connected safety solution for cyclists and pedestrians, the reaction of two Clearview Intelligence experts checking out the Congress as visitors and, of course, Eric Sampson’s guide to Thursday at the Congress and the latest news from Highways News HQ with Adrian Tatum. Subscribe to Highways Voices free on https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/highways-voices/id1551975855 (Apple Podcasts,) https://open.spotify.com/show/0U6BbFBYLr5eeX0HuZtPv8 (Spotify), https://highways-voices.captivate.fm/amazon (Amazon) https://highways-voices.captivate.fm/amazon (Music), https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkcy5jYXB0aXZhdGUuZm0vaGlnaHdheXMtdm9pY2Vz (Google Podcasts) or https://pca.st/7a3xxskl (Pocket Casts) and never miss an episode!
Oct 13 2021
24 mins
Highways Voices from Hamburg – Wednesday at ITS World Congress 2021
WSP's new "greenprint" for transport to reach Net Zero leads the conversation on Wednesday at the ITS World Congress in the latest Highways Voices sponsored by https://swarco.com/ (SWARCO) and https://gewi.com/ (GEWI). Associate Tom Grahamslaw discusses the new white paper which explains how Intelligent Transport Systems can enable the decarbonisation of road traffic saying, "It's about adapting what we currently have. It's making more efficient use of our existing networks, but really putting ourselves in the shoes of the people so that we can create solutions that people will adopt, that will people will embrace. And that will drive the most successful outcomes." UK Transport Minister Trudy Harrison discusses environmental benefits of technology too as she talks about how seeing solutions for herself, "is so important, particularly at the early stages of my new role in the Department for Transport." Elsewhere sponsor SWARCO's Executive Board member Michael Schuch explains the recent acquisition of Dynniq Mobility is considered a merger and "that is how we also approach now this integration of Dynniq mobility part into the SWARCO family," while Cubic's Krishna Desai talks about a paper she is presenting on Wednesday about the importance of educating the public by pointing out, "I actually give an analogy about my brother, who thinks a smart motorway is an extra lane on the motorway that they're building to charge electric vehicles." You'll also hear Prof Eric Sampson's guide to Wednesday and the latest news from Highways News HQ with Adrian Tatum. Subscribe to Highways Voices free on https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/highways-voices/id1551975855 (Apple Podcasts,) https://open.spotify.com/show/0U6BbFBYLr5eeX0HuZtPv8 (Spotify), https://highways-voices.captivate.fm/amazon (Amazon Music), https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkcy5jYXB0aXZhdGUuZm0vaGlnaHdheXMtdm9pY2Vz (Google Podcasts) or https://pca.st/7a3xxskl (Pocket Casts) and never miss an episode!
Oct 12 2021
23 mins
Highways Voices from Hamburg - Tuesday at ITS World Congress 2021
This year's ITS World Congress host city Hamburg is seen as a model city for the future of mobility, and on the special https://gewi.com/ (GEWI)- and https://swarco.com/ (SWARCO)-sponsored Highways Voices, we find out why. Martin Huber, is Director General of Hamburg's Ministry of Transport and Mobility Transition joins podcast host Paul Hutton to talk about some of the initiatives in the city, including plans which will mean nobody is more than five minutes from a transport node where a ride is available within five minutes. Martin urges Paul to check out the solution MOIA while he is in the city saying, "Nobody has more than 200 meters to walk to find a virtual station... I would say you should try it out. As long as you're here, Paul, because... It's really great." Professor Eric Sampson gives his guide to the event which on Tuesday centres on transport ministers, including Britain's Trudy Harrison, attending. "We can say to ministers, did you realise that I can do this for you - we have got technology that does something that I think you don't know about," he says. "But looking at it the other way, ministers can come to us and say, Look, I've got a big problem. Is there any way you think you can solve it?" We hear more about Trudy Harrison's visit and a drinks reception on the UK stand from ITS (UK) Secretary General Jennie Martin, plus about traffic news for cyclists from Danny Woolard of GEWI who explains how just on his walk to the Congress, "@e found that there were two closures on that cycle rate, a one diversion, and an alternative route, which wasn't even shown on Google Maps. We saw that it was totally impossible to cycle so we had to turn around and go back", while Neil Herron of Grid Smarter Cities explains why kerbside management leads to 20% cuts in emissions. Subscribe to Highways Voices free on https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/highways-voices/id1551975855 (Apple Podcasts,) https://open.spotify.com/show/0U6BbFBYLr5eeX0HuZtPv8 (Spotify), https://highways-voices.captivate.fm/amazon (Amazon Music), https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkcy5jYXB0aXZhdGUuZm0vaGlnaHdheXMtdm9pY2Vz (Google Podcasts) or https://pca.st/7a3xxskl (Pocket Casts) and never miss an episode!
Oct 11 2021
21 mins
Highways Voices from Hamburg - Monday at ITS World Congress 2021
The Intelligent Transport Systems industry is finally meeting together at its World Congress in Hamburg and we talk physical and software solutions, Mobility as a Service, commercialisation of test beds and even hint at a Beatles moment in the first of a series of Highways Voices podcast specials. These podcasts are possible thanks to the sponsorship from https://swarco.com/ (SWARCO) and https://gewi.com/ (GEWI). Highways News co-owner Paul Hutton is in Germany for this week's Congress and in Monday's podcast he talks to the CEO of the event organisers, Jacob Bangsgaard of ERTICO - ITS Europe who discusses the work that went into making the event happen, and some of the highlights of the week. Richard Neumann of SWARCO discusses software solutions, new technology and his company's recent acquisition of Dynniq Mobility while we also hear from Deutsche Bahn about all-round mobility solutions and Transport for West Midlands who have been instrumental in delivering the UK stand this year alongside ITS (UK), the Department for Transport and Innovate UK. We also hear from Prof Eric Sampson, who is keeping up with his record of attending every single ITS World Congress. He gives his views of the key things to see and do on Day One, and hints that we might get some Merseyside Music in the Opening Ceremony. Subscribe to Highways Voices free on https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/highways-voices/id1551975855 (Apple Podcasts,) https://open.spotify.com/show/0U6BbFBYLr5eeX0HuZtPv8 (Spotify), https://highways-voices.captivate.fm/amazon (Amazon Music), https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkcy5jYXB0aXZhdGUuZm0vaGlnaHdheXMtdm9pY2Vz (Google Podcasts) or https://pca.st/7a3xxskl (Pocket Casts) and never miss an episode!
Oct 10 2021
18 mins
Highways Voices 31 - Brian Downes of the IAT
It's the most important ingredient of a road, but is often the forgotten part of the transport industry - this week Asphalt takes centre stage on Highways Voices. The President of the Institute of Asphalt Technology, Brian Downes, is Paul Hutton's guest on the podcast this week who tells Paul how the industry has introduced many interesting innovations. "The technologies in terms of how we lay them the optimisation of the of the machinery, the health and safety aspects of it, the approach to sustainability things like warm asphalt, low temperature asphalts, which mean they use less fuel to heat them up, which brings the whole carbon footprint down." Brian explains industry recruitment and details the vast amount of training, "We manage several courses with strategic partners - the foundation degree with the University of Derby, we have a Higher National Apprenticeship, we're in the process of kicking off this this month," he says. "We also run what are called Lunch and Learn webinars." The podcast also talks about next week's ITS World Congress podcasts from Hamburg sponsored by https://gewi.com/ (GEWI) and https://www.swarco.com/ (SWARCO), looks at some key stories on Highways News this week and why VolkerHighways wins this week's "Adrian's Accolade". If you want to attend the IAT Autumn Seminar https://www.instituteofasphalt.org/index.php?id=view&event_id=1176 ("Future Challenges and Opportunities in the Asphalt Industry") at Aston University, email Russell.hunter@instituteofasphalt.org.
Oct 6 2021
22 mins
Highways Voices 30 - Countdown to Congress with SWARCO, Deutsche Bahn and ERTICOHighways Voices 29 - Mark Corbin of ADEPT
The travelling public will have a 'much higher' expectation from the transport system in the UK, according to Mark Corbin, chair of the Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning and Transport (ADEPT's)National Traffic Manager's Group. He was speaking on this week's Highways Voices podcast and ahead of the Traffic Managers conference, taking place on October 13th. He said: "I think people will have a much higher expectation from the transport system, because they will be paying a lot more careful attention to how they plan their journeys, though. And that's where I think some of the pressure will come on to us as traffic managers now. "We have to have measures of control to ensure we deliver on the big agenda items such as clean air. We have to be able to balance the fact that we have to manage a climate emergency, air pollution and everything else associated with the environment with balancing what we are doing every day and finding a way of engaging better with users of our transport services in different ways." Mr Corbin added: "So we have to absolutely stay very connected, very united, keep sharing, keep talking because the challenges are big. And the response from us is going to be huge. And we've got to make sure that we properly engage that and learn as we go." He said 'we have a user-led transport service like we have never had before'. During the podcast interview, Mr Corbin also spoke about delivering the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in 2022. "This is about doing what we normally do better but it is all about access and providing sustainable ways of travelling alongside the more traditional-we have to be prepared for everything." In this podcast you'll also hear about the Highways Voices podcasts for the ITS World Congress and why Transport for the West Midlands wins "Adrian's Accolade".
Sep 22 2021
21 mins
Highways Voices 28 - looking ahead to the ITS World Congress
"I think the excitement about getting back to normal business long last," explains Danny Woolard of GEWI as he looks forward to the ITS World Congress in Hamburg next month. Speaking on the Highways Voices podcast, sponsored by GEWI and SWARCO the German company's UK representative says how "we're looking forward to meeting our existing clients, existing customers, but also a lot of new people." GEWI will be showing off its new cycling data solution in Hamburg which he tells the podcast the company started looking at branching out into cycling information about a year ago. "We've been involved in the road traffic information business for many, many years - we started looking at analogies of what could we replicate in terms of what we do for the road traffic information business, in terms of moving towards cycling. And the more we looked at it, the more we did some research, the more we talked to providers of information and some government clients, about how information about cycle routes, about volumes of cycles that are moving around cities is so analogous to road traffic information. So we are launching off the first part of our solution in Hamburg." The podcast also features Harry Evers, Managing Director of the Hamburg World Congress who discusses the Covid-safe event and how the invitation is not just from Hamburg but, "it's a German invitation to everybody. We have invited the local governments of all Germany - we are focusing on the latest results, what's coming up from the discussions in Germany with the future mobility platform." Major exhibitor Yunex Traffic features too, talking about mobility solutions discussed at the Congress. Claus Beringer is SVP of its Traffic Management Platform tells Highways Voices, "it's about like reducing traffic, and also incentivising modal shift to more eco friendly traffic modes." The podcast also features Adrian Tatum's take on the latest news on the Highways News website plus why Transport for Greater Manchester wins "Adrian's Accolade" this week.
Sep 15 2021
31 mins
Highways Voices 27 - Elliot Shaw of National Highways
There is a ‘real opportunity’ for the highways supply chain to work with National Highways to ensure that it is operating its network in a more advanced, insightful and responsive way to help drive a more digitally enabled road network by 2025. These are the thoughts of Elliot Shaw, Executive Director of Strategy and Planning at National Highways, who was this week’s guest on Highways Voices as it returned after a summer break. Mr Shaw was speaking about the newly launched Digital Roads Strategy that promises to a virtual twin of the road network that can predict the time and location of potholes and other maintenance issues is just one of the innovations National Highways says is poised to transform its future operations. Other initiatives that could lead the charge on what it calls a ‘digital revolution’ for roads include intelligent road materials able to repair themselves and more connected and autonomous plant. These are some of the systems set to be rolled out as part of National Highways’ Digital Roads strategy which is being outlined on a new website and ‘virtual learning environment’. “We really hope to achieve a step change with this where you really do see that technology has transformed the way that we use our roads. We really want this strategy to be the catalyst not only for our own network by the industry at large and we need to work with our supply chain, and others to really make that move forward. So, I would hope we will see a significantly more digitally enabled road network by 2025. And that's in each of the three areas that we set out within the strategy-the design and construction space, also within the operations, and then finally, also how we engage with our customers as well. “ “We want the ability to deliver schemes faster, deliver them more efficiently, and I think from a safety perspective, as well, you know, actually, the more that we can do these things in a controlled digitally enabled way the more we can expect to see fewer people doing some of the more challenging and dangerous activities on site. So, we would expect three safety, safety impacts, as well, as on the operation side.” Mr Shaw said a chance to have a more connected, digital roadmap would be an opportunity to do things differently. “We have the chance to just do different things now, things that we would never have been able to do before. I think on that what we've been really reflecting on is, how can this progress deliver better value for our customers? What's the unique information that we can provide? And how should we get that across to our customers?”
Sep 8 2021
26 mins
Highways Voices 26 - Autumn Events with JCT and ERTICO
"I may be smiling , but it's been a difficult time planning an event in this COVID pandemic, but we've always taken the the attitude at JCT that we wanted to get this back as a physical event if we possibly could," says JCT Director John Nightingale as he discusses putting on one of the first physical events in the highways and transport technology industries since the easing of government restrictions. He tells the Highways Voices podcast this week, "We've had an enormous amount of support from our exhibitors. In fact, the demand for exhibition space is unprecedented this year, even down to the extent where we've had to ask the university who're hosting the event for additional space, which we've secured. The exhibition side is looking absolutely brilliant, and as always, we've had a fantastic response from contributors for papers, papers program is now full." The podcast discusses the need for the industry to get back together in person, the value of networking and the business that gets done, and sparks of inspiration for new ideas, when people are physically together. That subject is picked up by the other guest of the programme, Jacob Bangsgaard, who is CEO of ERTICO - ITS Europe. He talks about a first attempt to get an international audience together at the ITS World Congress in Hamburg in October. "The Congress is such an important part of our work," he explains. "It's where all our stakeholders come together, it's our partners, it's all the people we work with on activities - they come together and share our experience and learn what is going on around the world." Jacob Bangsgaard agrees with John Nightingale about the value of networking and discusses "digital online fatigue" that is facing people after more than a year of mainly home working, so he has done all he can to deliver the Congress. "Of course in Hamburg... we are putting everything in place to make a very safe event," he says. "We have the possibilities for testing, we have the possibility for social distancing. This is of course not what we hope for in October, but at least we are making sure, together with the authorities, to put in place an event which is totally in line with the currently a regulation." Hear about the two events and also why Gaist and TRL win "Adrian's Accolade" this week. The JCT Symposium takes place on 15 and 16 September with the MOVA User Group and first social event the day before. http://www.jctconsultancy.co.uk/Symposium/symposium.php (Find out more here). The ITS World Congress in Hamburg is in the week beginning 11 October. https://itsworldcongress.com/ (Details are here). Subscribe to Highways Voices free on https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/highways-voices/id1551975855 (Apple Podcasts,) https://open.spotify.com/show/0U6BbFBYLr5eeX0HuZtPv8 (Spotify), https://highways-voices.captivate.fm/amazon (Amazon Music), https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkcy5jYXB0aXZhdGUuZm0vaGlnaHdheXMtdm9pY2Vz (Google Podcasts) or https://pca.st/7a3xxskl (Pocket Casts) and never miss an episode!
Jul 28 2021
23 mins
Highways Voices 25 - e-scooters with Jack Holloway of Landor and Fitch
"I guess the e-scooter trials are a bit of a reset button," commented Jack Holloway, an expert in mobility brands at global brand agency Landor & Fitch on this week's Highways Voices podcast, " to see if they can deliver on the promise of alternative mobility. But for that trial to succeed, the local governments need to work with the rental operators." Jack Holloway joined the podcast to discuss the ongoing issues of safety around e-scooters which have been involved in at least one death and several injuries in recent months. He was responding to comments on a previous edition of Highways News's podcast by Peter Hitchens, the Mail on Sunday columnist, https://highways-news.com/columnist-hitchens-tells-highways-voices-e-scooters-are-a-recipe-for-injury/ (who called them "a recipe for injury") and, when it comes to solving a transport challenge, “whatever you do, there is no problem to which electric scooters are the answer.” Jack Holloway commented that there are several technological safety features built into the rental trials, "[They go at] a maximum of 12 and a half miles per hour, which I think is quite reduced in comparison to many other kinds of cities around the globe, they have to have lights on the front and the rear of the vehicles that are on throughout that rental period," he explained. "They have audible warning systems for people that maybe are visually impaired, they have first ride policies, which means that new users are required to take an e-learning safety course riders can only be over the age of 18." He said they users also need a driving licence, and that the scooters have "GPS tracking monitors on them, so they can see when when riders are riding on the on the pavement or behaving in a kind of inappropriate manner. And then they run a three strike policy, which could lead to suspension." But on top of the safety issues, how do you brand an e-scooter to make it attractive to people to use, and where will the trials go? Hear some answers in the interview. You can also hear why the Highways Heroes awards wins this week's "Adrians Accolade" and hear Highways News owners Paul Hutton and Adrian Tatum discuss this week's news. Subscribe to Highways Voices free on https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/highways-voices/id1551975855 (Apple Podcasts,) https://open.spotify.com/show/0U6BbFBYLr5eeX0HuZtPv8 (Spotify), https://highways-voices.captivate.fm/amazon (Amazon Music), https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkcy5jYXB0aXZhdGUuZm0vaGlnaHdheXMtdm9pY2Vz (Google Podcasts) or https://pca.st/7a3xxskl (Pocket Casts) and never miss an episode!
Jul 21 2021
21 mins
Highways Voices 24 - Leadership in the Highways Industry with Martin Duffy
Forming a team with the best people around them that have different talent is one of the most important attributes of being a good leader, according to LCRIG Chief Executive and NY Highways Chair, Martin Duffy. He has been speaking as part of this week's Highways Voices podcast. Mr Duffy said that good leaders are the ones that can produce a robust vision for a organisation and develop a platform to deliver that vision on. Mr Duffy said: "A good leader should be fully of energy with different attributes that including providing a vision, developing a strategy to drive it through and stick with it during the tough times." But leadership isn't just about what you do internally, it is what you externally that is important as well. "At LCRIG the most important thing is listening to our members and acting on it which we have done successfully with Project Amber and then the work at NY Highways is all about delivering a excellent, cost effective service where we aren't slave to targets but focused on outcomes." You'll also hear a round-up of the week's news including two in-person events and who wins this week's "Adrian's Accolade". Subscribe to Highways Voices free on https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/highways-voices/id1551975855 (Apple Podcasts,) https://open.spotify.com/show/0U6BbFBYLr5eeX0HuZtPv8 (Spotify), https://highways-voices.captivate.fm/amazon (Amazon Music), https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkcy5jYXB0aXZhdGUuZm0vaGlnaHdheXMtdm9pY2Vz (Google Podcasts) or https://pca.st/7a3xxskl (Pocket Casts) and never miss an episode!
Jul 14 2021
33 mins

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