The Transport Minister has challenged local authorities to work alongside the government in order to improve road safety across the country.
Jesse Norman was speaking at the 2018 Conference organised by the Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning and Transport (ADEPT).
In his keynote speech, the Transport Minister said that investment was only part of the battle; the configuration of roads has to be correct so that they work effectively and people benefit from active forms of transport.
The speech came just as the government released its very own two-year action plan designed to improve road safety, which contains 50 measures including encouraging local authorities to use 15% of their own transport infrastructure funding on both walking and cycling.
Safety of pedestrians and cyclists is being targeted across the country; London’s Vision Zero scheme is designed to completely end collisions.
It is understandable given that 2017 saw approximately 10,000 cyclists and pedestrians killed or injured on Britain’s roads.
And as a result, the Transport Minister believes road safety has to be at the heart of any changes. To maximise safety, Mr Norman believes local authorities and partnerships must work with the government.
The two-day conference included discussions on themes such as road safety, post-Brexit partnerships, delivering affordable housing; while speakers from the government, HS2 and Local Enterprise Partnerships were all represented.
Neil Gibson is the President of ADEPT. He outlined the themes of the conference when welcoming delegates.
He said: “Clearly, we are in a period of monumental change, with many of us facing unprecedented pressures on our budgets, resources and people.
“Our conference this year, with its focus on shaping places, highlights both the challenges we face and the creative ways in which we respond, piloting innovation and building new partnerships.
“One of the best things about ADEPT members is their willingness to embrace change, and in an uncertain landscape, this has never served us so well.”