“I think when it was first brought in as a role to government departments, the Chief Scientific Adviser was expected to be the wise expert who knew everything about science,” says the Department for Transport’s Chief Scientific Adviser Professor Sarah Sharples on this week’s Highways Voices podcast. “I hope I don’t disappoint you, I don’t know everything about science,” she went on, “But what my job is to do is to make those connections between people who do have that deep knowledge and embedded in the work of the department. So I’m going to talk a little bit about the role of science and technology within the department.”

This week’s main audio on this week’s Highways Voices is Prof Sharples’ speech at the Transport Technology Forum in Liverpool last month that is so good, it’s worth hearing in full.

In the address she talks about how technology is crucial in delivering the transport networks of the future, how “We are seeing evolution and revolution in transport,” and that the priorities are environment, improving transport for the user, global impacts, and levelling up and growing the economy.

Hear the whole address, plus news from our partners, why Transport for Wales win this week’s “Adrian’s Accolade” and the reunion of hosts Paul Hutton and Adrian Tatum, meeting up in person for the first time in more than two years, and for the first time since they set up Highways News!

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