Around our Country (and every other country) groups of professionals work diligently to keep roads available to users every day. From time to time we might reflect on why they do what they do and how it contributes to Society.
The agenda from the forthcoming (March 14th, London) TAG President’s seminar offers a few clues, which includes sessions on “The importance of the Highway Network to the Local Economy” and “Keeping the Nation Moving”. (See more at http://www.ciht.org.uk/en/events/)
Now working within financial constraints, most Road Network Custodians need to get back to prioritising what they CAN DO, and forget about the recent past. From what I see around the world, a road network, especially the local road network, is the difference between a functioning society and a fractured society. Try to think of a country with good major roads and good local roads where business does not flow, where children do not travel safely to school, where leisure time is not spent in a multitude of activities from cultural to sport; I cannot think of any!
Maybe I am describing the symptom, not the cause. Nevertheless, focus now in the UK to going back to what we CAN DO and this “can-do” attitude both fulfils our career/job related goals AND contributes to our Society.
I am hoping to be at the President’s Conference this year and listening to the presentations, which seem to be all forward looking. Time to reflect on Roads and Society?