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Andreas Markides' Presidential blog
Yorkshire and the Humber Annual Dinner and Awards
29 September 2017
On the 29th I was due to attend the Yorkshire and Humber annual dinner and awards in Leeds. The organising Committee had prepared a full day's programmers for myself including a visit to Leeds College of Building in the morning, followed by a visit to the A1(M) in the afternoon.
I would have been attending the dinner and presenting the awards at the Leeds Hilton in the evening. However, for family reasons I was not able to be there; thankfully, our senior vice-president Matthew Lugg, gallantly stepped in and the feedback I have is that the two days were a huge success!
My thanks to Matthew for a brilliant job as well as to Andrew Hugill, our Director of Policy who also contributed greatly. Special thanks to Andy Burton, the Region's chair, who was in charge of the whole event.
Did you know…
Billions of pounds spent upgrading motorways and roads may be a waste of money because traffic levels are expected to fall, ministers have been told.
A study by the University of Leeds has said that people were travelling “less often and less far” by car because of the rise of internet shopping, Netflix and flexible working.
The Commission on Travel Demand said that individuals used cars and other vehicles 14% less than they did fifteen years ago with more of those in their late teens and early 20s shunning car ownership altogether.
Hence, even though traffic has reached record levels as a result of population growth, the study has concluded that vehicles were likely to travel 70 billion miles less by 2040 than the government predicted.
© The Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation