Leading professional body the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) launched its Partnerships Network at Traffex, marking a potential step change in how the sector collaborates and shares knowledge.
The initiative is an extension of CIHT’s Corporate Partner scheme to include a Public Sector Partnership and an Education Partnership. Organisations can collaborate closely with CIHT’s work through the network, as well as drive new standards of excellence in transportation, infrastructure and services.
CIHT has three specialist networks: Public Sector Partner, Education Partner and Corporate Partner.
These networks provide ‘bespoke benefits for organisations involved in these sectors’, a spokesman said, including access to research, opportunities for cross sector working and routes to professional qualifications for staff.
The Partnerships Network also provides a space for public, private and academic sectors to come together to discuss ideas and share strategies as well as a a useful platform to ensure an organisation is not duplicating research that is already available.
Sue Percy, chief executive of CIHT, said: ‘If you’re looking to ignite new ideas and are interested in the very latest global innovations in highways and transportation, joining the CIHT Partnerships Network opens up a whole world of opportunity.
‘As you become part of a professional network – which gives you strategic connections at a regional and global level in every industry sector – you also have the chance to share industry wisdom and improve the effectiveness of your team through ongoing development and qualifications.’
President Matthew Lugg also spoke at Traffex about CIHT’s review into the funding and governance of the local road network.
An initial survey stage has shown a strong desire for reform with many respondents calling for five-year, ringfenced budgets and restructures to the current local authority-based method of highways management.
CIHT is now working with key bodies to try and build more evidence and expert insight around the suggested changes.