• SGN Press release


    Calling all innovators! Your tech ideas could help us make roadworks smarter, safer and more inclusive


    12 November 2018

    London RoadLab graphic

    We’ve teamed up with Transport for London (TfL), fellow utility companies and innovation centre Plexal to launch London RoadLab. The 10-week innovation programme aims to find tech solutions to help make London’s roadworks smarter, safer and more inclusive.

    London is one of the most popular cities in the world. By 2025, there could be as many as 9.8 million people living and working in the city. We know that although our emergency repairs and planned upgrades – as well as those carried out by other utilities and local authorities – are vital, roadworks can be disruptive. 

    That’s why we’ve teamed up with TfL, Plexal and other major utility companies to launch London RoadLab. The 10-week programme will test tech-based solutions in the real world with the aim of making roadworks smarter, safer and more inclusive for everyone.  

    Innovators will receive funding and access to expert advice to scale solutions at live pilot sites in London. After submitting an initial proposal, successful applicants will be invited to pitch their solution to a panel of experts from TfL, Plexal and utility companies in January. 

    Our General Manager Steve Catling, who is part of the judging panel, said: “London RoadLab is a fantastic opportunity for innovators to test their solutions out in the real world. If you’ve got a technology that can help reduce the environmental impact of roadworks, make roadworks less disruptive or minimise health and safety risks, for example, we want to hear from you. 

    “We’re proud to be part of this innovative partnership, working alongside TfL, Plexal and other utilities. We’re looking forward to supporting successful applicants in putting their technologies to the test live on London’s streets.” 

    Applications close at 12 noon on Monday 26 November. For more details or to apply, visit the London RoadLab website