Manchester - A big emphasis is training up engineers

Adnepos
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Re: Manchester - A big emphasis is training up engineers

Postby Adnepos » 1 Feb 2019, 2:26pm

mjr notes that within Cambridge City (incidentally also South Cambs District) new cycling infrastructure is usually good. Meanwhile, the same engineers consistently provide poor walking and cycling infrastructure in other parts of Cambridgeshire. Wanlock Dod points out that there is a substantial amount of money available to build good cycling infrastructure in Scotland but it's not delivered. I confirm both from my own experience.

So maybe training and funds are needed but are not enough.

What else is needed? My thought is that 'the loop needs to be closed'... For instance, an identified person receive feedback on the walking and cycling infrastructure that is delivered. If that individual stays long enough to have a formal annual performance appraisal, this feedback is taken into account. Even if an engineer doesn't stay long, the supervisor will inherit the targets and feedback, NOT any replacement.

Similarly for spend. The person with spreadsheets would be held responsible for making a budget that matches the target.

Local (and central) government administrators are allergic to personal accountability but well-run organisations set sensible targets and have efficient means of assessment of delivery.

Is personal accountability the missing piece?

reohn2
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Re: Manchester - A big emphasis is training up engineers

Postby reohn2 » 1 Feb 2019, 5:25pm

^^^ this.


Is personal accountability the missing piece?

It certainly shouldn't be.
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