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Andreas Markides' Presidential blog
20 September 2017
Before Council there was a short meeting for half an hour to welcome the new Council members. This year we have had more than 10 new members on Council and we look forward to some fresh ideas and strong contributions from them.
The Council meeting itself that took place in the afternoon was busy and lively. It covered several items including:
a report from our CEO, Sue Percy, on CIHT highlights
an update on the work of the Board of Trustees
agreement on nominations for the Certificate of Merit and
a briefing on the Institution's finances
There was also a presentation by Richard Ward-Jones of Amey and Gary Raccuja who was this year's winner of the Wolfson Economic Prize. Gary's theme of "Miles better: simple and fair charging" considered how we can pay for better, safer and more reliable roads in a way that is fair to road users and good for the economy as well as the environment. This prompted a lively debate amongst Council members.
It is highly significant and an illustration of the strong place that CIHT holds in the field of innovation that, Stelios Rodoulis, part of the Volterra Partners and Jacobs project which was also a finalist in the Wolfson Economic Prize, is one of our new Council members and he was therefore amongst the audience!
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.
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