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Live Labs 2

ADEPT Live Labs 2: Decarbonising Local Roads in the UK 

Live Labs 1 information

Live Labs 2 is a three-year, £30million, UK-wide programme funded by the Department for Transport that will run until March 2026, with a with a five-year subsequent, extended Monitoring and Evaluation period.

Following the success of the ADEPT SMART Places Live Labs programme (Live Labs 1) and its focus on innovation across local roads, Live Labs 2 concentrates on local highways infrastructure and assets.

Decarbonisation of transport in the UK has focused mostly on electric vehicles, active travel and changing public behaviour rather than the planning and design of transport infrastructure or local roads assets. However, the UK’s local roads infrastructure and maintenance make a significant and ongoing contribution to greenhouse gas emissions, climate change impacts and future resilience.

ADEPT has developed Live Labs 2 to support the transition to net zero carbon local roads. We want to find ambitious, local highways authority-led partnerships from across the UK to develop and implement zero carbon and climate change focused local roads plans, including:

  • Operation and maintenance of existing local roads assets
  • Supporting fixed and moving assets which enable successful operations
  • Construction of new local roads assets (including for new housing / developments)
  • Enhancement, upgrade, adaptation and decommissioning of existing local roads assets 

Applying for Live Labs 2

Live Labs 2 launched on 28 July 2022 opening a nine week period for applications. Expressions of Interest containing a detailed outline proposal should be submitted by 12:00 on Friday 30th September 2022.

Prospective applicants will have ongoing support from the Programme Director throughout this period, with funded support for those who successfully get through this first stage.

Live Labs 2 is overseen by an independent Commissioning Board: ADEPT (chair), Colas, Construction LCA, County Surveyors’ Society Wales, Department for Infrastructure Northern Ireland, DfT, EY, Innovate UK, Kent County Council, Kier, Leicestershire County Council, Open Data Institute, Ringway, SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business, Society of Chief Officers of Transportation in Scotland (SCOTS), Transport for London and WSP.

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