Welcome to the first RSTA e-News of 2014 which aims to give you a brief overview of current issues and activities affecting the road surface treatments sector.
So what’s happened since our last e-News? The relatively quiet December period was spent settling into our new administration centre based at the Science Park in Wolverhampton, 10 minutes from M6 junction 10, which is ideally located in the centre of the UK for our members. Following our relocation from Colchester we have had to recruit a new administration team headed up by Kathy McCracken who has hit the ground running! The spring training season saw delegate numbers slightly ahead of 2013 further indicating an improvement in the market as councils in particular look to re-build some of the knowledge that has leaked away over recent years.
Our spring training season which historically has been up to the end of March is now stretching into July with requests for in-house courses coming in thick and fast! The RSTA has been very busy over the first quarter dealing with a number of standardisation issues affecting CEN Product standards and the Highways Agency’s Design Manual which is undergoing a significant update. Over a few short weeks we will have held meetings with the HA, Transport Scotland and ADEPT to discuss technical issues affecting industry guidance. We will also be meeting with the Institute of Highway Engineers and the Highway Term Maintenance Association over coming weeks and months as we work more closely particularly on issues around workforce training, skills development and qualifications. We need to ensure our industry is well prepared for the upturn in activity being forecast by government over the next few years with infrastructure investment expected to generate increased demand for products and services.
In case you missed it the record attendance at the Spring RSTA Conference witnessed the launch of the new RSTA App designed to enable delegates to access all of the conference documentation on their smart phones and tablets. The App is undergoing further upgrades over the next few months and will be available to download through the RSTA website. It will become the ‘go to’ information source for receiving the latest news about industry guidance, training courses and general RSTA activities.
The first official RSTA annual review was also launched at the conference covering our many notable achievements in 2013. If you would like a copy it can be downloaded on the website publications page.
I do hope you find this latest E-News informative and trust you will have a productive and profitable season!
Dr Howard Robinson
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