This page tells you about the Research projects we have provided grant funding to over recent years.

2020

  • CIRIA – Gully Pots Study: a grant of £7,500 was awarded to contribute towards a national survey of road gully emptying practices amongst regulators and industry. This study is due to start in 2021 but is subject to other funding being secured.
  • Plantlife – DePoT Road Verge Platform: a grant of £24,980 was awarded to fund the creation of a national online platform for sustainable road verge management to maximise biodiversity. This study is due to start in 2021.
  • ADEPT Trees Infrastructure Study: a grant of £25,000 was awarded to fund a toolkit to provide guidance to local authorities to adopt when seeking to grow and re-establish their localities treescape considering the impact of Ash Dieback, resilience to global change (climate & disease), increased policy emphasis on biodiversity and how this can be balanced with highways infrastructure, urban and countryside environments. You can read more about the project here.

2019

  • IAM Road Smart: a grant of £22,500 was awarded to carry out research into driver distraction when using in car infotainment systems.
  • Major Roads Network Roundtable: a grant of £3,297 was awarded to fund a Roundtable event to consider the strategic challenges to the road network. You can listen to the event here
  • CIRIA: a grant of £12,000 was awarded to contribute towards a major study aimed at developing technical and evidence-based advocacy guidance to support mainstream delivery of multi-beneficial green infrastructure along linear assets.
  • York Civic Trust: a grant of £5,000 was awarded to fund a study to analyse, report and disseminate the results of a novel approach to direct involvement of the public in the preparation of Local Transport Plans.
  • Aston University: a grant of £25,000 was awarded to fund research into older driver reaction times at intersections. This is subject to other funding being secured.

2018

  • University of the West of England: a grant of £20,000 was awarded to carry out research into road capacity based on a study of road changes in Taunton.
  • Major Roads Network’ Project: two grants totalling £18,000 were awarded for follow up studies into Governance (WSP UK Ltd) and ‘The Roads Challenge’ (Phil Carey).
  • PhD Study into Autonomous Vehicles: a grant of £7,836 was awarded to fund independent research as part of a PhD study into the effect of autonomous vehicles on car and ride sharing behaviours.
  • Road Safety Foundation: a grant of £29,532 was awarded to carry out research into the assessment of the sustainability of Road Safety Engineering in Local Government.
  • Dr G Dudley (Transport Studies Unit, Oxford): a grant of £24,000 was awarded to fund research into the development of effective regulatory systems for the disruptive innovation of dockless bicycle hire. You can find a summary of Dr Dudley’s findings on our Publications page here.
  • University of Plymouth: a grant of £25,000 was awarded to fund research into the development of cost-effective winter maintenance systems.
  • Transform Scotland: a grant of £33,216 was awarded to fund research into the feasibility of introducing Continental Style Zebra Crossings on public roads in Scotland.

2017

  • Campaign for Better Transport: a grant of £25,000 was awarded to fund a research study into the Government’s Road Investment Strategy.
  • Independent Transport Commission: a grant of £34,200 was awarded to fund a research study into the decline in bus use.
  • ‘Major Roads Network’ Project: a small grant of £2,500 was awarded to complete the handover of the study documents and website.

2016

  • Major Roads for the Future’ Project: a grant of £32,900 was awarded for the third and final stage of this major study.
  • Cycle Smart Foundation: a grant of £4,560 was awarded for research into younger children’s attitudes to safe cycling behaviour.
  • Dr G Dudley (Transport Studies Unit, Oxford): a grant of £15,000 was awarded to fund research into the “Governance of Transitions in Urban Mobility – The Case of Uber in London”.

2015

  • ‘Major Roads for the Future’ Project: a grant of £93,100 was awarded for the second stage of this major study.
  • NI Road Safety Council: creation of web portal to assist organisations to manage occupational road risk. A grant of £11,168 was awarded to NI Road Safety Council.

Previous Years

Over previous years, the Rees Jeffreys Road Fund has given a total of £409,454 to fund a variety of research projects.

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