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 began in 2021. You can learn more about road verge management and how to maximise biodiversity by listening in to this webinar recording here. The Webinar is called On The Road to Success: Panel event on wildlife friendly road verges with Dr Kate Petty, Plantlife Road Verge Campaign Manager.
  • 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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