TRL working with DfT on road accident programme

08/08/2016
Highways Reporters

TRL (Transport Research Laboratory) will work with the Department for Transport (DfT) on phase two of its Road Accident In Depth Studies programme (RAIDS).

The transport consultancy has been appointed as the sole contractor to work with DfT.

One of only two projects operating at this scale in the whole of Europe, RAIDS is the DfT’s flagship programme for in-depth collision research in the UK. A specialist team attend the scene of road collisions minutes after they have occurred and gather real world evidence on their causes and consequences. The aim is to use this data worldwide to inform transport policy, as well as the development of safer vehicles and infrastructure.

Phase one of RAIDS began in 2012 and saw the investigation of more than 1,255 road collisions. TRL will now continue with the second phase of the programme, which is scheduled to run for three years until March 2019.

Roads Minister Andrew Jones said: “Britain already has some of the safest roads in the world, but we are determined to build on the progress that has been made. We are pleased to continue our work with the Transport Research Laboratory on the next phase of the RAIDS programme to use and evaluate crash data. This information has already helped road and vehicle designers to create safer roads and cars.”

Richard Cuerden, chief scientist, engineering and technology, TRL, commented: “TRL has a long-standing relationship with the DfT founded on professionalism, performance and technical quality. RAIDS builds on this relationship and is another example of how our work is helping to drive sustained reductions in fatalities and serious injuries. Using our unique skills and expertise to interpret and correlate complex collision data, we can ensure lessons are learnt early to prevent future casualties on our roads.”

RAIDS differs from investigations carried out by the police because it is designed to understand how people are injured rather than necessarily determine responsibility for the collision. Detailed information is collected about the crash site, including highway features and environmental factors. Vehicle damage is matched to the injuries received, in order to understand how vehicle design can be improved. Data collected is highly valued by governments, industry and the international research community and has been used to inform a number of road safety research projects both in the UK and worldwide.

Cuerden continued: “The evidence and insight gained from RAIDS is used to inform effective interventions, strategies and policies to mitigate risk and improve road user safety. This is especially relevant today given the unprecedented change in vehicle technologies we are experiencing. As our vehicles become more technologically advanced, it’s likely that the type of collisions we see will change, so there is an urgent need to ensure all interventions are future proofed and cost effective. RAIDS continues to evaluate the performance of new vehicle and infrastructure measures and seeks to identify how, where necessary, these can be improved to maximise safety for all road users.”
Highways jobs

Transport Planning Officer x 2

Plymouth City Council
£32,233 to £41,846
Exciting time to join the Council and this role represents an opportunity to make a real difference... Plympton, Plymouth
Recuriter: Plymouth City Council

Business Manager - Planning Development

Newark & Sherwood District Council
£52,004 to £55,188 per annum
Looking for a suitably qualified and experienced individual to lead, manage, and develop the Council’s Development Management team. Newark, Nottinghamshire
Recuriter: Newark & Sherwood District Council

HGV Driver/Loader (Waste Management)

Torridge District Council
£22,021—£23,836 per annum (FROM 1 APRIL 2019)
Driving & loading a refuse/recycling collection vehicle up to 26 tonne gross weight, collecting recycling or household waste throughout Torridge Bideford, Devon
Recuriter: Torridge District Council

Director of Highways and Transport

Lancashire County Council
c£100k
We are looking for a passionate and energetic leader to deliver a range of ambitious and major projects. Lancaster, Lancashire
Recuriter: Lancashire County Council

Director of Growth, Environment & Planning

Lancashire County Council
c£100k
Our new Director will help us to develop a strong corporate vision, strategy and robust operations to service. Lancaster, Lancashire
Recuriter: Lancashire County Council

Head of Highways and Network Operation

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council
£55,537 to £59,663
We are looking for an experienced transport professional with an excellent grounding in Highways and transport operations. Blackburn, Lancashire
Recuriter: Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

Engineer Maintenance

Liverpool City Council
£32,233 - £37,107
Liverpool City Council are looking to recruit an Engineer Maintenance. Liverpool, Merseyside
Recuriter: Liverpool City Council

Site Supervisor

Liverpool City Council
£32,233 - £37,107
Liverpool City Council wish to appoint Site Supervisors to supervise the City Council's highway construction works. Liverpool, Merseyside
Recuriter: Liverpool City Council

Permit Officer

Liverpool City Council
£23,111 - £27,358
Liverpool City Council are looking to recruit a Permit Officer. Liverpool, Merseyside
Recuriter: Liverpool City Council

Contracts Manager

Liverpool City Council
£37,107 - £41,846
Liverpool City Council wish to recruit a Contracts Manager based in Highways & Transportation. Liverpool, Merseyside
Recuriter: Liverpool City Council

Principal Engineer - Asset Management

Liverpool City Council
£37,107 - £41,846
Liverpool City Council wish to recruit a Principal Engineer - Asset Management. Liverpool, Merseyside
Recuriter: Liverpool City Council

Highways Inspector

Liverpool City Council
£32,233 - £37,107
We are seeking to recruit an enthusiastic individual to be a key member of our Highways Team. Liverpool, Merseyside
Recuriter: Liverpool City Council

Engineer - Capital Projects

Liverpool City Council
£32,233 - £37,107
Liverpool City Council is looking to recruit an Engineer - Capital Projects. Liverpool, Merseyside
Recuriter: Liverpool City Council

Engineer - Highways Capital Projects (S106)

Liverpool City Council
£32,233 - £37,107
Liverpool City Council wish to recruit an Engineer (Capital Projects). Liverpool, Merseyside
Recuriter: Liverpool City Council

Team Leader - Asset Management

Liverpool City Council
£41,846 - £46,560
Liverpool City Council wish to recruit a Team Leader - Asset Management. Liverpool, Merseyside
Recuriter: Liverpool City Council

Technical Assistant

Liverpool City Council
£23,111 - £27,358
Liverpool City Council are looking to recruit a Technical Assistant. Liverpool, Merseyside
Recuriter: Liverpool City Council

Waste and Recycling Engagement Officer

Camden London Borough Council
£24,460 - £26,358
We now have an exciting opportunity for a talented and enthusiastic individual to join us and be part of the North London Waste Authority (NLWA). Camden, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Camden London Borough Council

Major Transport & Development Projects - Strategic Specialist

Wiltshire Council
£51,763 - £57,066
Wiltshire has a highly regarded record of securing funding and delivering major transport improvements across all modes of travel. Wiltshire
Recuriter: Wiltshire Council

Assistant Director - Growth and Development

Lincoln City Council
£59,058.00 - £65,127.00
Looking for an experienced manager with a good track record in proactively driving economic growth and investment. Lincoln, Lincolnshire
Recuriter: Lincoln City Council

Assistant Director – Transport and Connectivity

Birmingham City Council
£73,513 - £90,864
This is one of a number of influential new senior roles for collaborative people, motivated by doing what’s right for our city and residents. Birmingham, West Midlands
Recuriter: Birmingham City Council

Download your Highways App

Google App Apple App

Highways on Fridays

Latest Issue

latest magazine issue

Includes:

  • The Jubliee of Britain's first motorway
  • The Big Interview with Dr Howard Robinson
  • Highways England's latest work in computer-led design
View the latest issue

Latest Video