Data Discovery Centre at Traffex 2017

Traffex - Data Discovery Centre logo

I’m delighted to be running the Data Discovery Centre at Traffex, 4-6 April 2017 at the NEC, Birmingham. Following on from the success of the #brumdatahack, the Centre is dedicated to visualising and making sense of the available datasets for West Midlands transport. The Centre is supported by Transport for West Midlands, Innovation Engine, Yotta Ltd, andRead More

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Future Highways 2015

Highways Data

The Future of Highways Data post written in June 2014 was created for the speed learning session of the same name at the Future Highways Conference 2014.  A year on, the content remains relevant as many local authorities are moving from a reactive to proactive highways maintenance programme. One of the biggest challenges is securing additionalRead More

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Conference organisers missing out on huge opportunities to engage audiences

World Rod Assocation congress Network Resilience 2014 Belfast

Conference organisers in the highways and transport sector are failing to embrace social networking or challenge the traditional conference model sufficently to enable transformation of local highways services The World Road Association UK congress on Network Resilience, on 4th and 5th November 2014 in Belfast will be the fourth major highways and transport industry conference I’veRead More

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Lighting creative sparks for Local Transport

Interchangeability

We all have the capability to be creative; what we too often lack is the time and space to let that creative thinking happen, and the self belief that our ideas are considered important enough to be worthwhile. There is a creative spark being lit for local transport this summer, but before I tell youRead More

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Highways Maintenance Funding Post 2015

DfT Capital Highways Maintenance Funding 2011-2014

Teresa Jolley reflects on the key messages from the South West engagement session held by the Department for Transport in Exeter on 3rd March 2014 to consult on proposed funding changes for Highways Maintenance block capital funding post 2015. The Department for Transport is proposing greater certainty of funding for Highways Maintenance between 2015/16-2020/21, whichRead More

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Funding Local Transport in England

DfT Capital Spend Introduction

Three funding sources £8.5 billion was spent on Local Transport in 2010-11.  The funding English local authorities receive to deliver local transport come from three primary sources (National Audit Office report: Funding for Local Transport, October 2012): Department for Transport, comprising: Money given directly to councils via block funding for Road Maintenance, Integrated Transport and Highways MaintenanceRead More

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Central Government Spend on Transport in England

Dft spend 2011-12

Within Central Government in England, responsibility for ensuring the country has a good transport infrastructure lies with the Department for Transport.  With an annual spend of around £12 billion, the Department for Transport ranked 11th amongst Central Government Departments in 2010-11 and 2011-12, representing just 2% of the total central government spend.  See post onRead More

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Central Government Spending in England

Central Government spend by department 2011-12

Thanks to some great work at the Guardian, in their datablog Government Spending by Department  2011-12: get the data it is now easy to see how nearly £700 billion of public money is spent by Central Government Departments. Here’s an interactive version of their work to explore (available also on the link above): As the GuardianRead More

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Introduction to Local Roads

Length of local road network in Great Britain

In England, Scotland and Wales, local government is responsible for all roads that fall outside the jurisdiction of the Strategic Road Network (explained in the introductory post on Motorways and Trunk Roads). Local Road Classification Principal ‘A’ Roads – (green coloured signposts, green or red colouring in road maps and atlases) B Roads – (whiteRead More

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