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12 Dec 2019

Lifesaving road safety research recognised at Road Safety Awards

Two lifesaving road safety research projects, undertaken by research teams at the School of Design & Ctreative Arts, were awarded at the the International Road Safety Awards.

The award ceremony took place at the Savoy Hotel in London, and the awards were presented by HRH Prince Michael of Kent. Representatives from the Transport Safety Research Centre (TSRC) accepted the award at the ceremony (and pictured) were Professor Pete Thomas and Ashleigh Filtness, together with George Yannis.

The two winning projects are:

  • SafetyCube – a three-year research scheme funded by the European Commission which enabled organisations and policymakers to identify and tackle difficult road safety issues
  • SAFERAFRICA – a project to help support African countries in improving their road safety and traffic management

Senior Research Fellow Ruth Welsh was the Principal Investigator on SAFERAFRICA, and said: “Receiving this award acknowledges the fantastic European collaboration within the project and recognises the value and impact of knowledge transfer between those countries with exemplar road safety records and those whose ambition is to substantially improve their road safety situation.”

Prof Thomas, who oversaw the SafetyCube initiative, added: “It’s fantastic to be recognised for the work we’ve done, and the award is a testament to the dedication shown by the team over the past three years.

“This project has developed a new road safety decision support system that helps policymakers improve the safety of vehicles, roads and road users.
“It enables policymakers to have access to the best scientific evidence for new road safety development.”

Each year, the Prince’s Awards recognise the most outstanding examples of international road safety initiatives, which are given public recognition through the scheme.

Since 1987, they have acknowledged those who have improved road safety throughout Britain and the rest of the world.