TRL has been working with Resilience Shift, a global initiative funded by the Lloyds Register Foundation and managed by Arup, which aims to improve the resilience of critical infrastructure. Through interviews with policy-makers, infrastructure owners and regulators from different countries TRL has gathered information on the experiences and practices of those working to improve transport resilience. Based on the unique insight this has provided TRL has developed two resilience primers; one aimed at the road industry and the other the rail industry. These documents provide an introduction to resilience and describe the levers employed by different types of organisations in order to incentivise its consideration. It is hoped that the examples presented in the primers will inspire others to reflect on how they can embed resilience more firmly within their organisation and supply chain.

The key areas for action identified in the primer are:

  • Changing mind-sets
  • Providing leadership and accountability
  • Encouraging systems-thinking and collaboration
  • Risk management
  • Disaster management
  • Embedding resilience in organisation processes and procedures

Recommendations and examples from each area are presented. Be it government considering resilience when setting performance indicators, an infrastructure owner modifying their design standards or the establishment of a multi-agency response team for incidents; all organisations need to play their part. Greater resilience will make our transport networks safer, more reliable and efficient, providing benefits for both users and infrastructure owners.

This project aligns with work TRL has carried out on assessing the risk from natural hazards such as landslides and coastal flooding, adapting to climate change and future proofing the network in relation to disruptive technology such as connected and autonomous vehicles. The provision of resilience underpins much of what we do and we are delighted to have been involved in this project.

Sarah Reeves from TRL said “A better understanding of resilience and how it can be incentivised by infrastructure owners, government and regulators will mean smarter investment choices and planning decisions, greater efficiencies and ultimately transport infrastructure that better meets the needs of the people who use it

Juliet Mian, Technical Director, Resilience Shift said ‘We want to make resilience tangible, practical and relevant which is why we collaborated with TRL on this primer. The evidence they gathered from stakeholders throughout the value chain gives us confidence that the findings represent current best practice and has identified key barriers that need to be overcome’.

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