Project EDWARD is delighted to announce that Kia UK will be supporting the road trip again this year.

EV6 Front

The 2022 Project EDWARD week of action is taking place from Monday 17th – Friday 21st October. There will again be three legs of the road trip that will criss-cross the country across the week visiting the very best examples of road safety projects. Along the way, some of the most influential thought leaders in road safety will be invited to come along for the ride and join the team ‘on the road’ to share their insights and experience. In addition to the road trip stops, contributions will be coming in from all four corners of the United Kingdom as we feature projects from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The three cars we are using are the amazing new fully electric Kia EV6 GT-Line S models with 77.4kWh long range, fast-charging batteries and all-wheel drive

Road Trip Map

Car 1

1: BRIGHTON (Monday 17th Oct)
Road safety symposium held at Brighton Library. To be opened by Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne who is the new road safety lead on the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners. The symposium will look at local challenges along with the work and campaigns of the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership to meet those challenges. The symposium will be followed by a walking tour of the city to highlight infrastucture improvements aimed at reducing risk for vulnerable road users.

2: OXFORD (Tuesday 18th October)
Oxford City Council and Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Barber will be hosting a public engagement event in Radcliffe Square with local road safety stakeholders to promote their Vision Zero strategy and showcase their latest road safety initiatives and enforcement technology. On display will be various emergency services vehicles, demonstrations of speed enforcement and roadside drug testing equipment.

3: LONDON (Wednesday 19th October)
The Metropolitan Police will be promoting two speed awareness and enforcement activities as part of National Safe Speed day. The first will be aimed at reducing risk for vulnerable road users while the second will be aimed at drivers of commercial vehicles.

4: LEIGHTON BUZZARD (Thursday 20th October)
Bedfordshire County Council, working with the Fire & Rescue Service, will be holding a public engagement event in the Tesco car park to raise awareness among shoppers of vehicle roadworthiness and tyre safety.

5: HESTON (Friday 21st October)
The PE team will be meeting the traffic officer service, fire service, police and ambulance to see how all the services work together under the National Highways CLEAR programme to clear a serious road traffic accident as quickly and safely as possible to ensure the fastest post-crash care for casualties and to get other traffic on their way.

Car 2

1: TELFORD (Monday 17th Oct)
Multi-agency public engagement event at Southwater Retail Park. The event will be organised by Telford & Wrekin Council, West Mercia Police and Shropshire Fire & Rescue Service and will feature demonstration of police enforcement camera vans, road safety equipment, impairment goggles, and advice on vehicle care and safety checks.
THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC – Southwater Retail Park, Telford, TF3 4DE

2: RUGBY (Tuesday 18th October)
‘Drive On’ road safety event organised by Warwickshire Road Safety Partnership and Dobbies garden centre from 10am – 3pm. Vehicle maintenance check demonstrations, information on Highway Code changes, free driving reviews plus a range of other interactive activities. Visitors will also be able to watch a live webinar from GEM Motoring Assist and chaired by TV’s Valerie Singleton OBE. The webinar, starting at 2pm, will include a carefully-chosen selection of presentations from road safety experts, as well as some practical tips and an opportunity to put your questions to Val and members of the panel.

3: CARDIFF (Wednesday 19th October)
As part of National Safe Speed day, the PE team will be visiting South Wales Police to discuss the success of the 20mph zones implemented by the Welsh government. Contributions will come from senior police and council officials and include a look at the national dashcam safety portal.

4: STOKE-ON-TRENT (Thursday 20th October)
A road safety symposium at Keele University will look at how the Highway Code and enforcement will need to adapt to new technology.

5: TBC (Friday 21st October)
Further details to be announced shortly

Car 3

1: BLACKPOOL (Monday 17th Oct)
The PE team will be visiting Blackpool Transport tram depot at Starr Gate to look at the exemplary drink and drug awareness and testing programme in place to protect drivers and the public.

2: LEYLAND (Tuesday 18th October)
Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service will be demonstrating how to extract an injured person from a crashed and severely damaged vehicle.

3: PRESTON (Wednesday 19th October)
Public engagement event at the famous Preston Bus Station – one of the largest in the world – and hosted by the Lancashire Road Safety Partnership. The event will feature various road safety demonstrations and activities at the heart of Lancashire’s road safety strategy.
THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC – Preston Bus Station & Car Park, PR1 1YT

4: LEEDS (Thursday 20th October)
Road safety symposium at Leeds University about how technology and human factors affect post-crash response. The event will also see the launch of the Leeds Vision Zero road safety strategy.

5: DURHAM (Friday 21st October)
The PE team will be at motorway service areas during the day for a public engagement event with Durham County Council and their road safety partners. One of the cabs from the National Highways Operation Tramline project will be also be patrolling locally and joining the event.
THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC – Roadchef Service A1 (M) Jn 61, DH6 5NP

Additional projects

Additional projects will be included (including from SCOTLAND and WALES), in the form of pre-recorded segments, from areas not being visited by the road trip.