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Midlands Service Improvement Group

Spring 2018 Bulletin

 

Dear MSIG members,

 

Thanks once again to all those of you who have taken the time to attend the MSIG task group meetings that have taken place since the last bulletin in December 2017. We have had some particularly well-attended groups and workshops, which is very encouraging to see. Apologies to anyone who was planning to attend the handful of meetings that we have had to cancel due to adverse weather and unavailability of group chair. The meetings will be rescheduled shortly.

Thanks also those who have contributed in other ways by attending events on behalf of MSIG, participating in consultations, sharing knowledge via the discussion boards and providing benchmarking data for group members to use for comparative purposes.

 

 

MSIG/MHA/WMHA Partnership

 

Work to bring existing collaborative groups within the Midlands closer together is continuing.

A second joint MSIG Steering Group and MHA Executive Board meeting was held on 20th March 2018 and Mike Ashworth is now confirmed as chair of both MSIG and MHA following Phil Crosland’s retirement in 2017. This is a first step towards aligning the governance of the two groups.

Further work will be carried out to analyse a number of options for how the groups could work more closely in the future with the working group meeting on 20th April 2018.

 

MSIG/MHA Risk Based Approach to Maintenance Workshop 14th March 2018

 

MSIG and MHA members attended an output workshop at Markham Vale, Derbyshire where a number of presentations were given on network hierarchy, resilient network, Code of Practice gap analysis and the next step for MSIG high level approach to risk based safety inspections.

Full details of all presentations will be made avauilable on the MSIG or MHA websites.

Modeshift STARSfor Travel Plan Monitoring Tool

 

MSIG members will now have an additional 8 months use of the STARSfor tool free of charge. Our contract with Modeshift was due to expire in June 2018 but will now run until 31st March 2019. After this time, each MSIG authority wishing to continue to use the STARSFor tool will need to express their interest to Modeshift prior to March 2019.

 

Road Freight Special Interest Group

 

 

Ema Jones is a Freight Officer at Warwickshire County Council and would be interested in finding out if any other MSIG members would like to be involved in a specific road freight group.

The group would focus on items such as issues with lorry parking, enforcement and weight limits, advisory routes, funding and involvement with FTA & RHA Freight Quality Partnerships.

 

If this is something that you or a colleague may be interested in, please do contact either myself (alice.russell@derbyshire.gov.uk) or Ema Jones (emajones@warwickshire.gov.uk )

 

Electric Vehicle Charging

 

Following on from an item in the Winter 2017 Bulletin, this is a reminder that there is a new area on the MSIG website where information relating to electric/ultra-low emission vehicle charging can be shared.

 

Items from discussion boards for Civil Parking Enforcement, Accessibility & Smarter Choices, Street Lighting, Development Management and Traffic Engineering have been brought together on this new page as have a number of useful strategy documents from across the country. Minutes of the last MSIG Accessibility task group may also be of interest as each authority gave an overview of current electric vehicle initiatives in their area.

 

We are hoping to dedicate the MSIG Accessibility Task Group meeting in September 2018 to issues relating to electric vehicles. Invitations will be extended to all interested parties from other MSIG task groups.

 

You can sign up to receive notifications of discussion items and information about electric vehicle charging by going to the MSIG website and selecting ‘Account’ followed by ‘Subscription’ and ticking the ‘electric vehicle charging’ tag.

 

For further information please contact alice.russell@derbyshire.gov.uk

 

MSIG Efficiencies & Improvement Log

 

21 new examples of efficiencies/improvements have been logged by MSIG members in the last 12 months across a variety of work areas. To see details of these examples click here to view the full log. You can filter this document to focus on your own authority or area of expertise.

However, it still seems that we are really not capturing all of the benefits that MSIG members are seeing so it would be very much appreciated if you could take 5 minutes to reflect on how your membership of MSIG may have resulted in a benefit or improvement to your area of work – big or small, we are really interested to hear from you!

You can now submit your entries to the Efficiencies Log using an online form which can be found on the MSIG website. Alternatively you can email any details to alice.russell@derbyshire.gov.uk

 

Recent Presentations

 

The following presentations have been given at various MSIG Task Group meetings over the last 3 months. Just click on any that may be of interest and you will be directed to the relevant pages on the MSIG website.

 

Solutions Overview – Clearview Intelligence

Traffic Signal Audit – Green Signals

Using Linsig in the Real World – Green Signals

The Value of Open Data – Deloitte Digital

ODI Birmingham – Making Open Data Work

 

 

MSIG Task Group Meetings 2018

 

Dates for the remaining MSIG meetings in 2018 can be found on the Calendar of Meetings & Events page on the MSIG website.

 

Please be aware that these dates are subject to change.


Midlands Service Improvement Group

Winter 2018 Bulletin

 

Dear MSIG members,

 

A huge thank you to all those of you who have taken the time to chair, attend and host the MSIG task group meetings that have taken place since the last bulletin in April 2018.

 

It’s been another busy year with over 35 task group meetings taking place across the Midlands since January and 63 discussion board items posted with a total of 175 individual responses offered from MSIG members since April.

 

This sharing of knowledge and experience with colleagues across the region is key to the continued success of MSIG and the commitment and support of MSIG members is very much appreciated.

 

Wishing you all happy holidays (and not too much snow!)

Alice Russell

Future MSIG Bulletins & GDPR

 

The GDPR rules require that we gain permission from each of our members in order to continue sending e-bulletins using your data, so please do let us know if you want to continue receiving the emails.

 

Please email alice.russell@derbyshire.gov.uk to let us know you are happy to continue receiving our bulletin and other emails relating to the task groups you have previously expressed an interest in. If you can respond by the end of January 2019 it would be very much appreciated.

 

MSIG/MHA/WMHA Partnership

 

Work to bring existing collaborative groups within the Midlands closer together is continuing and a fourth joint MSIG Steering Group and MHA Executive Board meeting was held on 11th October 2018.

 

Discussions are ongoing about the setting of subscription fees once the MHA and MSIG are fully aligned and the merger working group will aim to have prepared an acceptable fees model by early 2019. The 2019-20 Business Plan will be developed jointly between the MSIG Officer and MHA work stream leads.

 

The MHA Annual Event was held on 11th September 2018 at the National Motorcycle Museum with the theme of Aspirations and Alliances.

https://www.mhaweb.org.uk/aspirations-and-alliances-mha-annual-event-2018/ visit the MHA website to view all presentation slides from the event.

 

Electric Vehicle Charging

 

New discussion items, articles, presentations and example strategies continue to be added to the online cross-functional Electric Vehicle Charging pages on the MSIG website.

 

We are still hoping to dedicate an MSIG meeting in April/May 2019 to issues relating to electric vehicle charging. Invitations will be extended to all interested parties from MSIG task groups including Accessibility, Street Lighting, Traffic Engineering, Development Management and Civil Parking Enforcement.

 

You can sign up to receive notifications of discussion items and information about electric vehicle charging by going to the MSIG website and selecting ‘Account’ followed by ‘Subscription’ and ticking the ‘electric vehicle charging’ tag.

 

For further information please contact alice.russell@derbyshire.gov.uk

 

Raising awareness about Older Road Users

 

Text Box: The MSIG Casualty Reduction task group has successfully secured a small amount funding (£502.00) from the MSIG Strategic Project Fund to cover the cost of design and printing of awareness raising posters and postcards which aim to offer advice to friends and family who may have concerns about an older relative’s driving.
            Poster templates are available to all MSIG authorities so that bespoke branding and web links can be added as appropriate. Please visit the Road Safety GB website and search for ‘Older Driver Resources’ for more information.

 

Leaflets about the awareness raising campaign were included in delegate packs provided at Road Safety GB’s Older Road Users Conference in September 2018.

 

For more information please contact Tish Barnwell or Jenny Horsler (Casualty Reduction Task Group members)

 

MSIG Efficiencies & Improvement Log

 

Just 13 new examples of efficiencies/improvements have been logged by MSIG members in the last 12 months across a variety of work areas. To see details of these examples click here to view the full log. You can filter this document to focus on your own authority or area of expertise

We’re still not capturing all of the benefits that MSIG members are seeing so it would be very much appreciated if you could take 5 minutes to reflect on how your membership of MSIG may have resulted in a benefit or improvement to your area of work – big or small, we are really interested to hear from you!

You can submit your entries to the Efficiencies Log using a form which can be found on the MSIG website. Alternatively you can email any details to alice.russell@derbyshire.gov.uk

 

Recent Presentations

 

The following presentations have been given at various MSIG Task Group meetings over the last 8 months. Just click on any that may be of interest and you will be directed to the relevant pages on the MSIG website.

 

Stabilised Pavements – In situ recycling Justin Osborne

Kaarbontech – Gully Smart Online demo

Modeshift STARSfor Update May 2018 Nick Butler

AECOM KSI Forecasting Tool Ashley Green

Licensing of Survey Equipment Alex Gray, Leicestershire CC

Intelligent Mobility & Innovation – Sunil Budhdeo, Coventry City

Limited Depth Issues – Ben Parsons, NAL Ltd

Highways & the new Code of Practice - Andrew Clarke, Weightmans

 

MSIG Task Group Meetings 2019

 

All provisional dates for 2019 can be found on the Calendar of Meetings & Events page on the MSIG website.

 

Please be aware that these dates are subject to change.


MSIG News September 2018 - Produced for Annual MHA/MSIG event
MSIG News 2018.pdf