Traffex Theatre

This year's Traffex Theatre will bring strategic and high-level content to our attendees through a series of presentations and informal debates that highlight some of the key themes and challenges in the highways and transport sectors. The conference programme is split over three days and the main topics are to include highways funding and maintenance, future technology and Mobility as a Service.


10.00 – 11.15

Setting the scene for the week, our keynote speakers give their views on key issues facing our industry
Moderated by Dom Browne, Editor, Highways Magazine

10.00 - 10.15

How technology is driving change on the motorway network
* Delivering market-leading innovation
* Using technology to save lives and create more efficient networks
* Technology and our roads of the future
Jim O'Sullivan, CEO, Highways England


10.15 – 10.30

Delivering innovation and technology on the local network
* Making cost effective technology work for local roads
* Funding our network in the future
* Driving change through technology and innovation
Neil Gibson, President of ADEPT


10:30 - 10:45

Collaboration - A partnership value
* Creating the right partnerships and the right values
* Making collaboration work
* Using recent case studies to highlight change and improvements
George Lee, CEO, HTMA


10:45 - 11:00

The CIHT Lugg Review into the funding, governance and operation to the local road network
* A vision for effective and sustainable maintenance of the local highway network
* The opportunities to inspire and create real change for the industry
* Alternative funding and delivery models, best practice and barriers to change
* An opportunity to engage and input to the Review
Matthew Lugg OBE, CIHT President & Head of Profession, Local Government at WSP


11:00 - 11:20

Making the Collaborative Learning Circle work for industry
* Transforming the sector's approach to safety, customer service and collaboration
* Collaborative based learning
* Delivering consistency across the sector
Dave Wright, Executive Director, Kier Highways



Coffee break and exhibition viewing



Funding and creating a more resilient network of the future
Moderated by Adrian Tatum, Traffex 2019 Event Director


11:45 - 12:15

The Major Network (MRN) - A major opportunity?
* The five challenges facing the MRN
* Planning and delivery of the MRN
* A regional based approach
Lee Conroy, Local Authorities Director, Costain


12:15 - 12:30

The Road Miles concept ideas for improving roads
* The current situation regarding funding and where it is going wrong
* Ideas and different ways of working
* Why there ideas are fair, equitable and the population would support it
Edmund King, President of the AA


12:30 - 12:45

Mitesh Solanki, Managing Director - Local Authorities, Kier Highways


12:45 - 13:00

Lessons from America - Scott discusses some of the ways the America has tackled the road funding issues, from technology to sponsorship, what worked and what didn't...
* How American roads are funded through taxes
* What alternative income there is
* HOV lanes and payment, flexible payment mechanisms etc
* The future, and what he would recommend
* What to watch out for - the pitfalls and where it went wrong
Scott Belcher, Independent Consultant, Former President of ITS America



Lunch break and exhibition viewing


14:15 - 15:30

Delivering for the traveller - Discussing the issues affecting the users of our transport network and ensuring we include all types of user in our planning
Moderated by Paul Hutton, Editor, SMART Highways


14:15 - 14:30

Why customer care isn't only good for travellers but for your business too
Lianne explains how Amey focuses all its projects on delivering for the end user and how that has made her company competitive in a crowded marketplace
Lianne Butler-White, Amey


14:30 - 14:50

The benefits of intervening in traffic management rather than doing nothing
* The benefits of informing the traveller
* Sources of information
* Outlet channels
* Good and bad practice
* What travellers want from Highways England
Ian Patey, Head of Profession, Intelligent Transport, WSP
Lee Rowbotham, Transport Focus


14:50 - 15:10

Informing the traveller needn't cost a fortune
Liz discusses the county's traveller information project - how its dedicated traffic control centre not only focuses on traffic management but also on informing travellers through signs, online and even live radio reports
Liz Burr, Essex County Council


15:10 - 15:30

Inclusive Mobility - If you don't include all travellers in your planning, you will end up excluding people whether you mean to or not
* How hard is it to get about and what simple solutions would be easy to implement yet make a world of difference
* How important is technology in improving travelling experience?
Bryan Matthews, Senior Research Fellow, University of Leeds
John Welsman, Policy Business Partner (Travel and Mobility) Guide Dogs UK


15:15 - 15:30

Panel discussion on issues raised




10.00 – 11.15

Changing the way we travel - Practical steps in getting people out of their cars more often


10:00 - 10.15

Delivering the Mayor's Strategy
* Setting out the Mayor's strategy
* Encouraging modal shift
* Specific examples for walking, cycling and public transport
Carl Eddleston, Head of Asset Operations, Transport for London


10:15 - 10:30



10:30 - 10:45

One city's strategy - What Bristol has done to encourage modal shift
Jackie explains how the city of Bristol has reduced car use by encouraging other modes of transport and improving their reliability
Jackie Davies, Principle UTMC Engineer, Bristol City Council


10:45 - 11:15

Nudging people towards behavioural change and why people don't always act the way economists tell you they will
Behavioural Psychologist Pete explains how some differences will go a long way towards changing behaviour, why people get flustered in queues, hate turning back and sometimes blame you for things that aren't your fault. And what you can do about it.
Pete Dyson, Senior Consultant, Oglivy



Coffee break and exhibition viewing


11:45 - 13:00

Delivering safer roads


11:45 - 11:55

Setting the scene - Why road safety has to be the number one priority
Nick talks about some of the cases his charity has supported among the thousands of people bereaved or seriously injured in road crashes and why it's vital to reduce road danger
Nick Simmons, CEO, Roadpeace


11:55 - 12:10

The progress being made
Dr Suzy gives practical examples of where local authorities have introduced measures which have had a demonstrable effect on safety
Dr Suzy Charman, Executive Director, Road Safety Foundation



Lunch and exhibition viewing


14:15 - 15:30

Environment matters
Transport makes up a quarter of the UK's carbon emissions and any efficiency savings are being offset by a growing population. Here we discuss what can be done to change things

14:15 - 14:30

The status quo is just a no-no
Professor Bell gives a sobering warning about why we cannot keep doing the same things, how electric cars don't fix the problem of city centre air pollution and why doing something tomorrow will be too late
Professor Margaret Bell, Newcastle University


14:30 - 14:45

Air quality initiatives on the Strategic Road Network
Christopher talks about what Highways England are doing to manage emissions on the strategic road network
Christopher Plumb, Air Quality Programme Manager, Highways England





10.00 – 11.30

What does the future of travel look like?


10:00 - 10:20

A politician's viewpoint
Lillian sets out what MP's want to see from the Transport Network
Lillian Greenwood, Chair of the Commons Transport Select Committee


10:20 - 10:40

A global view
Scott discusses the technology advancements and practical steps being taken to improve transport in America and gives some thoughts on what could be implemented in the UK
Scott Belcher, Independent Consultant, Former President of ITS America


10:40 - 10:55

How vehicles are changing and what vehicles need from roads of the future
Since 2014 Paul has led WMG's multidisciplinary Intelligent Vehicles research activity, including Complex Electrical Systems, Communications, Experimental Engineering, Cyber Security, Modelling and Simulation, Visualisation and Business and Operations
Professor Paul Jennings, Professor of Experimental Engineering, Warwick Manufacturing Group 


10:55 - 11:10

Mobility as a Service - Simplifying the public transport solution
Swift is an electronic ticketing scheme developed by Transport for West Midlands for use on public transport in the West Midlands metropolitan area in England, similar to the Oyster card. Rather than being a single card, it is a range of travel cards under a common name.  Matthew explains its implementation and how other authorities could learn from his experiences
Matthew Lewis, Head of Swift, Transport for West Midlands


11:10 - 11:30

Freight matters – What the freight industry’s plans for the future
Christopher Snelling, Head of UK policy, Freight Transport Association



Coffee break and exhibition viewing


 11:45 - 13:00

The Traffex Debate
Four speakers will be involved in an Oxford-Style debate on the future of driverless cars in the UK, debating the question:


 “This House believes that driverless vehicles are the biggest opportunity for a step change in mobility and therefore it is right that resources and investment are channelled towards them.”


This interactive debate will close our sessions in the Traffex Theatre 2019. Following on from its overwhelming success at the ITS (UK) Summit in 2018, four panellists will debate the question before an audience, who will vote on whether they support or oppose the motion.


Are driverless cars really going to deliver the safety and mobility benefits that its supporters say? Will they work as expected, will they be affordable, how will they work in a mixed fleet and when, if ever, will they be commonplace on our roads? Supporters of the technology say it’ll be the biggest revolution since the Model T Ford, opponents think it’s a lot of hot air.  Who is right? The audience will decide.

Moderated by Andy Graham, White Willow Consulting, Chair ITS (UK) CAV Forum

Supporting the motion:
* Miller Crockart, Chief Commercial Officer, Horiba Mira and former director at PTV Group

Opposing the motion:
* Christian Wolmar, author “Driverless Cars: On the Road to Nowhere”
*Steve Gooding, Director at the RAC Foundation, former Director General, DfT





*Programme subject to change.

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