The Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning and Transport (ADEPT) has invited its members to apply for a share of a £25 million fund that will help to digitally innovate local roads in the UK.
Representing directors from county, unitary and metropolitan authorities, along with Local Enterprise Partnerships, ADEPT is launching its SMART Places Research Programme which, the Association said, will revolutionise the local highways.
This year has been a testing one for the road network, with delays and poor conditions contributing to criticisms that have rained down.
The process of arresting the problems on the motorways is well underway, with technology being used on smart motorways, helping traffic flow, congestion and ultimately helping these areas appeal more to businesses because of their accessibility.
However, there is still some way to go for local roads in terms of introducing and implementing the use of technology, despite the ongoing process undertaken by the likes of the National Infrastructure Commission.
The ADEPT SMART Places Research Programme is important in the digital revolution and is funded by the Department for Transport (DfT), developed with the likes of Atkins, EY, Kier, Ringway and Telefonica.
Through this programme, the focus will shift from implementing digital innovation across the national network, to local highways instead.
Already, three prototype projects have been created which will harness the power of data; run ‘live labs’ on local roads; and develop a knowledge aggregator.
Neil Gibson is the President at ADEPT. He is excited about the positive contribution that members of the Association can make; the process is open to both new and existing members.
Mr Gibson commented: “ADEPT members are amongst the most committed innovators in public life. We are looking forward to receiving some exciting applications, so now is the time to join us if you want to take part in this exciting and vital project.”