On 10th and 11th July 2018 representatives from CEREMA (Centre for Studies and Expertise on Risks, Environment, Mobility and urban and country Planning), a government-funded French institute, Highways England and Transport Scotland visited TRL to attend a workshop and technical visit on climate change adaptation and road network resilience. At the workshop each organisation presented on their activities and future plans related to climate resilience. Highways England and Transport Scotland told the group about the work they are doing to embed climate change adaptation in their operations and TRL and CEREMA provided examples of the research they had carried out supporting road authorities in increasing the resilience of their networks. There was a good discussion on the common challenges in both the UK and France, and a shared interest in assessing climate risk, identifying independencies with other sectors, mapping critical infrastructure and increasing organisational adaptive capacity.

On the afternoon of the second day the group visited the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham for a tour of sustainable drainage systems (SuDS). The LBHF Flood and Drainage Manager explained how run-off from roads was directed into SuDS instead of sewers to reduce and slow water flow. SuDS also provide a more pleasant environment for the local community and can contribute towards biodiversity. The installation of SuDS has moved from pilot studies to become common practice in the Borough.

The group agreed that the event had been useful and plan to hold a follow-up teleconference to continue their discussions.

  • Climate resilience workshop at TRL
  • A tour of SUDS
    Hosted by the Flood and Drainage Manager from the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham

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