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ADEPT SMART Places Research Programme - open for applications

14 August 2018

Members of the Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning and Transport (ADEPT) are invited to submit applications to a £25 million project, designed to bring digital innovation to local roads.

Funded by the Department for Transport (DfT), the ADEPT SMART Places Research Programme has been developed in partnership with Atkins, EY, Kier, Ringway and Telefonica.

Led by ADEPT, three prototype projects have been created - to harness the power of data, develop a knowledge aggregator or run ‘live labs’ on local roads. 

Digital innovation has the potential to revolutionise our highways system, but up to now, the focus has been on implementation across the national network. The ADEPT programme will bring innovation to local highways.

ADEPT President, Neil Gibson said: “ADEPT members are amongst the most committed innovators in public life. We are looking forward to receiving some exciting applications, so now is the time to join us if you want to take part in this exciting and vital project.”

The streamlined application process is open to new and existing ADEPT local authority members, beginning with a short Expression of Interest. 

More information can be found in the prospectus: Smart Local Highways & AV Live Labs or email: