TRL has hit the top spot at the 2016 CIHT Awards, winning two highly sought after awards: the Asset Management and Health & Safety at Work Awards.

The Asset Management Award, which recognises the achievements of asset management of professionals, team and organisations working in the highways and transportation sector, was awarded to TRL for its traffic-speed structural survey of the strategic road network. The development programme, sponsored by Highways England, saw the development of a network survey called the Traffic Speed Structural Survey (TRASS) which utilises a new device – the Traffic-speed Deflectometer (TSD). The surveys collect asset information on the structural condition of the road network, providing an estimate on the remaining life of the pavement to help support maintenance decisions and removing the need for costly, disruptive structural investigations.

The Health & Safety at Work Award, which recognises those that have made a significant contribution to the health and safety of employees across the highways and transportation sector, was awarded to TRL for its Off Side Signs Removal (OSSR) project, delivered in collaboration with Highways England and the Road Workers’ Safety Forum (RoWSaF). The project aimed to eliminate road worker live carriageway crossings associated with temporary traffic management signing by understanding the implications of removing central reservation signs on road user safety. The research culminated in the release of Interim Advice Note 150/15 in September 2015 permitting omission of all central reservation signing at short-term road works on two, three or four lane dual carriageway roads.

The work was considered “a dramatic step change” in road worker safety on dual carriageways by the judges, reducing carriageway crossings to effectively zero. This is the third award win for the project, which also won the Judges’ Special Merit Award at the 2015 Highways Magazine Excellence Award and a Prince Michael Road Safety Award in 2015.

In addition to the two award wins, TRL was highly commended in the Technology Award for the development of its TSD and TRASS survey which has helped to reduce costs, user delays and risks on the road network. Subsidiary company Transport and Travel Research was also highly commended in the Sustainability Award for its ECO Stars Fleet Recognition Scheme which supports commercial vehicle operators in reducing harmful emissions on the road network.

Commenting on the award wins, Rob Wallis, CEO at TRL said: “We’re delighted not only to have won two prestigious awards, but to have received highly commended for a further two entries. It’s a testament to the hard work and dedication of each and every one of the team at TRL and reinforces our commitment to driving improvements in our transport systems and network, whether that is safety, efficiency, cost effectiveness or accessibility.”

The 11th annual CIHT Awards saw the outstanding achievements of those working in the sector rewarded and their work promoted as best practice to the industry. The ceremony, which was held on 9 June 2016 at the Pavilion at the Tower of London, was attended by over 450 industry professionals attend and hosted by Journalist and Broadcaster, Jennie Bond. A full list of award winners can be found at: http://www.ciht.org.uk/en/events/ciht-awards/ciht-awards-2016/ciht-awards-winners.cfm .

For more information, including summary descriptions of each of the Winners, Highly Commended and Commended projects and the Judging Panel’s comments, download a copy of the CIHT Awards 2016 supplement from www.ciht.org.uk/awards2016 

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