Fund invites submissions on key road network topics

The Rees Jeffreys Road Fund is inviting extended abstracts on subjects that develop the strategic thinking about the English Road network in two key areas – User Experience and Governance. The brief “Call for Extended Abstracts Addressing the User Experience and Governance of Roads in England” can be found here.

Following publication of its report ‘A Major Road Network for England’ the Fund is keen to continue the development of thinking about the entire road network (in England) in order that improvements can be achieved in planning and delivery of a better road service for the future.

This is an open invitation to any individual or organisation with an interest in the transport sector to submit an extended abstract on either one or both of these topics. For those abstracts that the Trustees decide to pursue, author/s will be invited to produce a position paper within 3 months.  An award of £6,000 would be made, conditional upon the production of a document deemed of acceptable quality and style by the RJRF Trustees.

Abstracts must be submitted by Friday 9 February 2018 to the RJRF Secretary, Brian Murrell –

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Uber Study published

In 2016 the Fund commissioned a study by Dr Geoffrey Dudley of the University of Oxford into The Governance of Transitions in Urban Mobility: The Case of Uber in London.   The final report and project outputs have now been published and can be found on our publications page here.

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2017 Awards published

Details of the Awards made by the Trustees in 2017 can now be found  on the projects page.  

A total of 11 awards were made during the year at an overall cost of £240,000.

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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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