Highways England set to play major role in Traffex 2021

This year’s Traffex, expected to take place live at the NEC in Birmingham and simultaneously online between 15-17 June 2021, will feature a renewed partnership with Highways England.

Highways England, who operates England’s motorway and major A-road network, plays a pivotal role in planning, maintaining and improving the country’s transport infrastructure across the strategic road network.  In previous years, they have simply taken an exhibition stand at Traffex, but are now committing to helping develop the show for the future.

A new Traffex steering committee has been set up to ensure that content for the 2021 event is both engaging and highly informative. Representatives from Highways England, ADEPT, IHE, CIHT, ITS (UK), REMA and Highways Magazine will meet with Traffex organisers in February to focus on programme content, speakers as well as overall event development.

Adam Simmons, Highways England’s director future road investment strategies and Government relations, will be joining the committee next month. He commented: “I’m delighted to be a part of the team helping to shape Traffex for the future. The importance of sharing ideas, keeping in touch and working collaboratively has never been more apparent than throughout this hugely challenging 12-month period and I will relish being able to contribute to the thought-leadership and debate that will hopefully benefit the Highways & Traffic engineering community for us all.”

The team at Traffex are greatly encouraged by the prospect of such renewed interest in the UK’s national traffic management event. Craig Donovan, event director, commented: “For over 30 years, Traffex has been widely considered as the key business forum for the industry so it’s vital that we are able to offer our visitors a holistic overview of the sector. And while Traffex prides itself on attracting a significant number of regional traffic management professionals, it becomes all the more relevant by also bringing together the country’s leading national agencies, of which Highways England is certainly one of the most influential.”

Traffex 2021 will take place as an online ‘virtual event’ as well as live at the NEC Birmingham

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