Bursary Awards 2017

Rees Jeffreys is pleased to report the award of seven bursaries to students taking a full time Masters in transport in 2017/8.  For more details visit the Bursaries page.  Chairman David Hutchinson commented “I am delighted that again we had an excellent field of candidates from which to choose.  I expect the successful candidates to pursue a career in transport and enrich the supply of professionals in the UK”.

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Transport Investment Strategy – MRN

The Department for Transport has announced its Transport Investment Strategy (4th July 2017 DfT announcement.)

This new strategy will see local roads benefit from a multi-billion pound fund with the proposed creation of a major road network. Transport Secretary Chris Grayling acknowledged in his press release that the proposals for the major road network were a response to the Rees Jeffreys Road Fund study last year, which highlighted the disparity between the funding and planning of Britain’s motorways — the strategic road network — and local authority A roads.

David Hutchinson, Chairman commenting on the announcement said “The Trustees of the Rees Jeffreys Road Fund are delighted that their investment in this two-year study, and the effort and commitment of the two authors, will now have far-reaching consequences for England’s road network and its millions of users”.

For more detail go here.

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UK Road Safety report published

The Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS) has called for an overhaul of road safety in the next Parliament. After a period of rapid decline, the number of road deaths has remained unchanged in statistical terms since 2011.

Rees Jeffreys is pleased to have provided support to PACTS is publishing three papers by experts on safer road users, safer roads and safer vehicles as part of its UK Road Safety – Seizing the Opportunities project.   For more detail and the reports go to the PACTS website.

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2016 Reports and Accounts published

The Fund’s Annual Report and Financial Statements for 2016 is now available here.  An annual return for 2016 to the Charity Commission has also been completed.

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2016 Awards

A summary of the grants and other awards made by the Fund during 2016 has been posted at on the projects page.

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David Bayliss stands down

David Bayliss has decided to stand down as a Trustee after nearly two decades of service. Chairman David Hutchinson said “On behalf of my fellow Trustees I want to thank David for his immense contribution to the work of the Fund during his 18 years as a Trustee, ten of those years as Chairman. David has worked tirelessly both as a Trustee and in leading the transformation of the Fund’s operations during his time as Chairman. Most recently he also made a major contribution to the Major Roads report”.  The Rees Jeffreys Road Fund thanks and best wishes go to David.

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Steve Gooding – New Trustee

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Steve Gooding as a Trustee.  Steve has been Director of the RAC Foundation, since May 2015. Previously Steve was the Director General for Roads-Traffic-Local at the Department for Transport, responsible for a wide range of policy issues relating to motoring and local travel, funding for bus services and Transport for London, management of the executive agencies that run driver and vehicle licensing and testing, and for the DfT’s digital services. Steve was also head of the Policy Profession in the DfT. Before becoming Director General, Steve spent the previous five years as Roads Director responsible for exploring how to secure the best performance out of the road network, including the potential of road pricing. Within transport he has previously worked on a variety of issues including rail franchising, the sponsorship of London Transport and the subsequent creation of Transport for London. Steve worked in several Government departments since first joining the civil service in 1983, including spells at the Government Office for London, at the Cabinet Office, as secretary to the Civil Service Management Board, and from April 2001 to January 2004, as a Director at the Office of the Rail Regulator. Steve, who lives in Sussex, is an active motorist, motorcyclist and occasional cyclist.

Steve takes up his new role as a Rees Jeffreys Trustee in February of next year.

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Arkwright Scholars 2016

The Fund continues to provide support to the Arkwright Scholarship Trust.  David Hutchinson, Chairman of the Rees Jeffreys Fund is seen here at the Awards Ceremony with the two students being sponsored for 2016.

 

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Major Roads for the Future – report published

The Rees Jeffreys Road Fund published today (12 October 2016) its report on A Major Road Network for England.

David Hutchinson, Chair of the Rees Jeffreys Road Fund, said:”The Rees Jeffreys Road Fund has a long-standing interest in our country’s road system, recognising that the vast majority of travel takes place on roads.  In commissioning this study, the Trustees wanted to focus on the roads that matter most in supporting our national and regional economies.  We welcome the authors’ innovative idea of a Major Road Network – and the focus on the planning, funding and governance issues that flow from it.

This report is aimed at all those with a responsibility for, or interest in, England’s major roads.  We believe it merits serious consideration by central and local government, the new emerging devolved bodies, Highways England and other organisations in the sector.  At a time of great change, and with the long term commitment to infrastructure renewal, a consistent approach to the road network is much needed.”

For more information go to reports.

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Professor Glenn Lyons – new Trustee

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Glenn Lyons as a Trustee to the Fund. Glenn is Professor of Transport and Society and founder of the Centre for Transport & Society (CTS) at UWE Bristol. He was CTS Director from 2002-2010 and is now Associate Dean (Research and Enterprise) for the Faculty of Environment and Technology and its 300+ staff alongside continuing to be active as a research professor. His research focuses upon the role of new technologies in supporting and influencing travel behaviour both directly and through shaping lifestyles and social practices. A former secondee to the UK Department for Transport and more recently to the New Zealand Ministry of Transport, Glenn has led major studies into traveller information systems, teleworking, virtual mobility, travel time use, user innovation, road pricing, public and business attitudes to transport and future mobility. He has been involved in a number of strategic futures studies.

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