Courses in Road Safety

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The objective of the three courses is to provide participants with a full appreciation of the road safety situation in the UK and globally to set the context, and the application of appropriate casualty prevention and reduction techniques, including data interpretation from accident and record analysis. The courses also deliver insights into the developments and changes in the application of casualty reduction measures and road safety audit actions.

Attendance on the full course and submission of a period of self-study resulting in submission of a detailed collision prevention and reduction site analysis will provide delegates with the requisite 10 days of formal Collision Investigation or Road Safety Engineering training to form a solid theoretical foundation on which to base practical road safety experience as specified in the current DMRB standard.

The courses are also delivered to postgraduate students as part of the MSC in Transport Planning and Operations, so delegates have the opportunity though the group exercises to interact with a range of international students during the course.

The recently released HD 19/15 now specifies two routes that a Road Safety Auditor can follow to gain a Certificate of Competence in accordance with requirements of Directive 2008/96/EC, either a training course or Portfolio of Evidence. Either route requires auditors to demonstrate both knowledge and experience for certification to work on the UK trunk road network. Completion of these Road Safety courses, and submission of an assessment report, is accepted by CIHT and SoRSA as providing the 10 days formal training required by HD 19/03. Candidates will have to submit further evidence of their experience to CIHT/SoRSA separately for assessment (at an additional fee), before an award of a Certificate of Competence can be made.

Alternatively, if the 10 days training has already been achieved, elements of the course can be used to demonstrate the minimum of two days CPD in the field of Road Safety Audit, Accident Investigation or Road Safety Engineering in the past 12 months as required for continued membership of CIHT SoRSA.

Elements of the course are updated on an annual basis to reflect the changing requirements and techniques undertaken in all aspects of road safety engineering.

There is the opportunity for further CPD via a specific Advanced Road Safety course that will be provided to meet demand.

The courses are led by professional road safety experts employed by TRL Ltd.

  • Road Safety Policy is delivered on Monday from 10:00 to 17:00, and on Tuesday from 09:00 to 17:00. It includes an introduction to the full course together with an explanation of the self-study and assessment needed for four days additional CPD, which can be summarised individually for anyone attending the other courses in isolation if required.
    • The course considers UK casualty reduction performance over the last 30 years and explores some of the policy changes and impacts that have taken place in recent years. It considers the global target for casualty reduction by 2020 and the UK's contribution to that target, together with consideration of what aspects of developing innovation are likely to impact most on continued casualty reduction. The key road design elements that impact on road safety are also discussed together with their interaction with vehicle improvements and road user behaviour. Reference is made to recent research findings relevant to these changing approaches and new design guidance recently issued. This course is recommended for those who have previously undertaken the full course and seek to update their knowledge on latest developments in road safety.
  • Collision Prevention and Reduction is delivered on Wednesday from 09:00 to 17:00, and on Thursday from 09:00 to 13:00. Delegates will be expected to complete approximately two hours of self study on the Wednesday evening.
    • The course expands on elements of the CIHT CPR Guidelines, looking at the importance of good quality data to assess trends; the different sources and forms of data and how they are handled. It also considers the consistency and accuracy of such data and what this means for subsequent analysis. Ways in which the base data can be improved and what aspects can be 'interpreted'; how easy additional data is to get hold of and what we can really do with incomplete data The course also investigates what statistical techniques are available to assess the reliability of variations in crash frequencies as real or random changes that affect the reliability of assertions on the effectiveness of casualty reduction interventions. It also looks at the importance of monitoring effectiveness and the impact of not having reliable predictive information. The various forms of analysis are examined, together with typical treatments for particular issues. Throughout these topics, delegates will undertake a series of practical exercises to understand fully all the aspects of CPR work. In addition, delegates have the opportunity to undertake a full CPR study, either one selected in Newcastle or one of their own choice. This can then be submitted to the University as a certified independent piece of study to gain an additional four days CPD. Thus, attending two days at the University has the potential to achieve six days CPD. This option of an additional four days CPD is also available or those undertaking other curse in this series, provided that they already understand fully the aspects of CPR investigations. Further details of the areas that need to be reported upon can be obtained from the Professional Development Unit.
  • Road Safety Audits is delivered on Thursday from 14:00 to 17:00, and on Friday from 09:00 to 17:00. A site visit will take place on Thursday evening and Friday morning following a thorough safety briefing outside these hours, with observations being discussion as part of group exercise work.
    • The course is based around the requirements and procedures associated with UK DMRB standard HD 19/03 and the changing requirements for auditor certification requirements included in Directive 2008/96/EU and the UK response. The implications of these additional requirements will be discussed together with the detailed processes involved in undertaking any stage of audit to the requirements of the UK standard, and its application in other countries. Practical exercises considering real scheme examples are included to illustrate the issues and requirements involved. At the end of this course delegates will be fully conversant with all aspects of road safety audit whether as a client, designer or audit team member.

Course Objectives

Delegates will become aware of key issues in road safety policy, techniques for accident analysis and prevention and road safety audit procedures. Upon completion of the courses, delegates will be able to:

  • help in the preparation of Road Safety plans
  • contribute to the design of road safety schemes
  • evaluate schemes by cost/benefit analysis
  • contribute to educational and publicity material relating to road safety.

Course Outline

Road Safety Policy
  • To understand the scale and nature of the road accident problem in the UK and how it compares internationally; road safety responsibilities; definition of road accidents; and accident causation.
  • How road safety fits within national and local transport policy.
  • How to manage the safety process, urban and rural road safety management, road safety research and recent road safety developments.
Collision Prevention and Reduction
  • How road accidents happen and are recorded.
  • Accident data, storing of accident data, the use of accident data, and interpreting accident data.
  • Selecting and prioritising locations for investigation, statistical analysis of accidents, in depth analysis of individual locations, defining the road accident problem, difference between site and route analysis, area wide road safety schemes, options for treating accident problems, monitoring the effectiveness of measures and estimating accident savings and economic benefits.
Road Safety Audits
  • What is the Road safety Audit procedure, and what are aims and objectives, roles and responsibility; history of road safety audit, road safety audit and design standards, road safety audit tasks, various stages of safety audits; common identifiable problems.
  • How to structure a road safety audit report, identify common problems.
  • Case studies and site visit; what to look for on site visits.

Update to course content

Please note that our courses are reviewed regularly, both in response to feedback and so that information about recent research and developments can be included. Thus, content may be subject to change.

Who are the courses aimed at?

  • Local authorities and consultancy representatives that are interested in road safety and all its components;
  • Those wanting to undertake road safety schemes;
  • Those wanting to undertake road safety audits.


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Industry Professionals


  • Road Safety Policy
    • £500 (duration 2 days)
  • Collision Prevention and Reduction
    • £500 (duration 2 days)
  • Road Safety Audits
    • £500 (duration 2 days)

Book on all three courses at a discounted price of £1350.

We offer a 30 percent discount to full time students and to Newcastle University staff.

The course fee includes tuition, course materials, lunch and refreshments.

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Academic Module Outline

This course is also delivered as a Module (code CEG8410) on at least one of the School's Masters programmes, the majority of which can be studied part time, making them suitable for those in employment. Delegates will attend with full and part time registered students. The Academic Module Outline is available via the University's Module Catalogue.

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In association with Transport Research Laboratory Courses in Road Safety delivered in association with Transport Research Laboratory
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Endorsed by Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation Courses in Road Safety endorsed by Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation

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