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New executive appointment at FEHRL

TRL’s Bob Collis appointed as executive director of the Forum of European Highway Research Laboratories

BOB Collis, director of infrastructure with TRL, has been appointed an executive director of the Forum of European National Highway Research Laboratories (FEHRL), based in Brussels, Belgium.

As an international association comprising 30 national research and technical institutes from across Europe, with links to non-European countries, FEHRL’s mission is to promote and facilitate collaboration on road research and provide high-quality information and advice on technologies and policies related to roads.

Mr Collis is responsible for developing the Forever Open Road roadmap for research and development that forms the core to FEHRL’s Fifth Strategic Road Research Programme.

This visionary concept started life at TRL and is aimed at developing the next generation of roads, allowing them to be adaptable, automated and climate-change resilient; a concept that could be applied to existing and new roads, regardless of geographical location or type.

Mr Collis, who has worked in the civil engineering industry for more than 35 years – the last 15 with TRL, currently chairs the HA/QPA/MPA collaborative research programme for asphalt roads and is also a member of the World Road Association’s UK Executive Committee.

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