Sharing best practice with highway engineers in the UK

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More than 120 local authority highway engineers and road industry professionals from across the UK attended the Asphalt Industry Alliance’s (AIA)’s recent Sharing Best Practice event, which was jointly organised by AIA partners Eurobitume UK and the Mineral Products Association.

The opening address of this online event was given by Baroness Vere, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport, who has responsibility for roads and motoring within the Department for Transport. She acknowledged that those in the highway sector had been the ‘hidden heroes’ of the Covid-19 pandemic, working unstintingly to keep networks functioning safely, and expressed her department’s on-going commitment to local roads funding.

The speakers covered a wide range of topical subjects including policy evolution, the views of motoring and cycling organisation members, 25 years of ALARM (Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance survey) reports, local authority approaches to achieve more sustainable highways and information on an industry-led research project on protocols to use when assessing innovative paving materials.

Details of the speakers and their presentations, which can be downloaded from the links, are detailed below:

Reaction to the day was very positive, with 80% of local authority delegates ranking the half-day event as ‘very good’ or ‘excellent’.