The team at TRL, led by Dr. Sarah Reeves, has been commissioned to develop an industry-specific primer focused on the transport sector, namely Roads and Railways, that will help key stakeholders understand what they can do differently to improve resilience in this industry. The primer will provide the industry with the fundamentals of creating resilient transport networks and provide examples of good practice.

In developing this practical, industry specific primer, TRL and the Resilience Shift will be identifying:

1) the current best practice strategies being undertaken by leading organisations that embed resilience into their decision-making;

2) the incentives that are currently available for driving resilience, but are not capitalised upon due to a lack of awareness of their existence;

3) the future directions for how to scale and augment the current menu of incentives.

Among the services on offer, road and railway transport is of critical importance. Therefore, the substantial impacts to this sector as a result of extreme shocks and stresses need to be both analysed and managed due to their direct influence on the safety and well-being of millions of people.

Dr Sarah Reeves, Senior Consultant, TRL, explains: Improving resilience to both severe shocks and more gradual future changes is vital for maintaining safety, minimising travel disruption and providing a cost-effective transport network. This is a key area of work for TRL and we are pleased to be working with the Resilience Shift to support the road and rail industry in becoming more resilient”.

The Resilience Shift believes that greater resilience across the transport sector is an achievable goal and that knowledge sharing around key incentives and levers can shift major stakeholders towards adopting more innovative and forward-looking practices and technologies.

The Resilience Shift is supporting TRL in this effort and will be sharing their findings by publishing a resilience primer in 2019.  

Ibrahim Almufti, Project Leader, Resilience Shift, said:

“Our aim is to shift the needle on resilience practice so that all organisations embed it into their decision-making. To achieve this, we must clearly articulate the value that resilience can bring.”

Jo da Silva, Acting Programme Director, Resilience Shift, said:

“We are engaging directly with industry stakeholders and with those responsible for incentivizing resilience for critical infrastructure. The Resilience Shift is a global initiative, we want to develop a common understanding across infrastructure systems globally, and our new grantees are diverse both geographically and in their target sector.”

Other grantees announced today include Wood, Four Twenty Seven and Resilient Organisations.

The initial expression of interest closed at the end of August 2018, but the Resilience Shift anticipates continuing this work into 2019. They will welcome future submissions from interested grantees at any time. 

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