Highways & Transport Theatre 2017

Tuesday 4th April

Day One


Delivering a risk based approach

Last year saw the beginning of the implementation stage of the new Highways Code of Practice which focuses on helping operatives deliver a risk based approach. This session examines how the highways sector is managing this processes drawing on best practice examples as well as considering the legal implications and challenges.

Nick Rushall, Practice Manager, Atkins Global & Steven Conway, Solicitor, Keystone Law


Perspectives on sharing road space

With quasi-markets emerging in the way road space is shared through bus franchising and partnerships, cycle lane allocation and parking management, the session will look at how we might make social, economic and political inputs to road sharing decisions more explicit. The presentation could cover some of the issues about governance and funding and becoming more effective at managing our road space.

Derek Halden, independent consultant and DHC Loop Connections & John Dales, Chair, Transport Planning Society & Martin Revill, Market Director Local Transport, SYSTRA


New developments in the approach to UK streetworks

Delivering efficient and effective streetworks in the UK has always been a challenge, but how is innovation, new strategy and best practice delivering results? Plus: Making roads work: road works and congestion-a real time view

Dave Capon, Manager, JAG UK & James Harris, Managing Director, Elgin


The business of technology and bridges

The Mersey Gateway Bridge, which is currently under construction really lends weight to the phrase “technology filling the gap”. This multi-lane toll bridge spanning 1000m of the River Mersey will open in autumn 2017 to relieve the congested and ageing Silver Jubilee (Runcorn) Bridge. The bridge is being built as a PFI, which makes the ongoing reliability and functionality of our systems critically important. Dynniq’s role will include the installation of the Traffic Control and Information System - TCIS incorporating all of the ITS systems for the monitoring and management of traffic flow. This technical briefing will cover the challenges and intricacies of integrating complex systems and services on major projects

Roger Higginson, Senior Manager-Major Projects, Dynniq


The importance of creating evidence for future investment in local roads

Local authorities and their private sector partners have increased efforts over the last few years to improve their approach to asset management and have rightly recognised the need to continue to create an evidence based scenario to help aid future funding. This session examines the principles and progress with both subjects.

Howard Robinson, Chief Executive, RSTA & John Swift, Director, Boyd Stewart


The approach to road safety casualty reduction in Hampshire

Delivering road safety through engineering, education and enforcement.

Marc Samways, Traffic & Safety Manager, Hampshire County Council


Matching Users' Needs to Providers’ Capabilities

This session will look at:

  • What is needed to deliver capable, cost-effective road networks;
  • What the business models are and how we foster innovation and investment;
  • Who are the stakeholders, present and future;
  • How the Transport Technology Forum is bringing all of this together.

Chaired by Daniel Ruiz, Dynniq, Chairman of the TTF and feature a number of stakeholders from among the following:

Government: Anthony Ferguson, DfTStephen Hart, Innovate UK
Local Government: Glynn Barton, TFLDarren Capes, City of York Council 
SMEs: Richard Gibson, IDT Ltd & Trevor Platt, Nicander 

Wednesday 5th April

Day Two


CIHT Hosted Sessions: Better Street Design

This presentation will provide the background to the development of the recent DfT review on shared space and consider the future for shared space projects in the UK-something which has attracted much (negative?) public interest over the last few years, despite some shared space schemes showing evidence of success.

Glenn Higgs, Associate Director, CWSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff & Tony Kirby, Director, Local Transport Projects


ITS (UK) Hosted Sessions: Are we nearly there yet? Yes we are.

ITS (UK) brings connected and automated vehicle experts together with highways authorities to discuss what network operators stand to gain and lose from the arrival of connected or automated vehicles on their roads and streets.

What should local and national highways authorities do now to influence developments in a direction which works best for them? What should they do to prepare, when and what exactly are they preparing for? ”Panelists include Highways England, the Government’s Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles, Local Authority officers and CAV experts from industry and academia.

Chair: Ian Patey, Chairman of Connected and Autonomous Vechiles Interest Group, ITS (UK), Andy Graham, White Willow Consulting, Pri Boyd, Siemens, Darren Capes, York City Council & Jo White, Highways England


DFT HOSTED SESSIONS: Utlising ITS and traffic management strategies to deliver an efficient and effective future

This session will cover:

  • The future of smart cities in the UK;
  • The development of connected corridors-the A2/M2 case study and supporting the implementation of connected autonomous vehicles;
  • The Impact of Connected Autonomous Vehicles;
  • Preparing for 21st Century;
  • Westminster Smart Parking
  • Newcastle Bus Priority

Speakers throughout will include: 

Chair: Anthony FergusonDeputy Director, Traffic & TechnologyDepartment for Transport

Smart Cities - James PaddenHead of Roads Technology Strategy, Traffic and TechnologyDepartment for Transport

Autonomous Vehicles - Atkins

Preparing 21st Century Technology - Graham HansonITS Policy Lead, Traffic and Technology DivisionDepartment for Transport with: Andy Graham, White Willow Consulting & Gav Jackman, Telent Technology Services Ltd

Thursday 6th April

Day Three


IHE Hosted Sessions - Implications of the new code of practice - how to prepare and deliver a risk-based service.

The implications of the new codes of practice in service delivery and a session on 'how to prepare and deliver a risk based service. The new code of practice also challenges the resilience of the highway network-how this could be achieved in light of local government funding. New technology -methods of gathering better and more reliable date about the highway asset are also emerging and how this data is used would be a potential subject area.

Session 1: New Highways Code of Practice: the need for Change

Sesison 2: Legal Implications of the new code of practice

Session3: Applying ISO 31000 and a risk-based approach to highway liability exposures

Session 4: Practical application of the new code-an approach being implemented by Devon CC

Richard Hayes, Chief Executive, IHE, Steven Conway, Solicitor, Keystone Law & Andy Cole, Highway Safety Inspector and Reactive EngineerDevon County Council & Colette Dark,  Director, Keith W Dark Assoc Ltd


ITS (UK) Hosted Session: Supporting Local Authorities in Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) deployment

As funding cuts and lack of dedicated transport technology staff impact on Local Authorities, many find it difficult to justify employing in-house Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) specialists. ITS enable the delivery of efficient, clean, safe and accessible transport, so how can Local Authorities ensure that they are making the most of ITS even if they do not have the in-house dedicated staff? This session looks at a range of suggestions for how to achieve this, and is organised by ITS United Kingdom and the IET.

Darren Capes, Chief Executive, City of York Council, Jennie Martin, Secretary GeneralITS (UK) & Steve George, Chair: ITS (UK) Local Authority/Urban Interest Group & Dr Anna Bonne, IET



This talk session will look at current methods of barrier post (VRS) removal, why they are dangerous and should not be used, research and evaluation by Aone+ into the need for other methods and alternative methods to make the workplace safe. Also, a case study on the award-winning road safety scheme on the Sheriffhall Roundabout.

Barrier Master ( CIHT Innovation Award Winner) - Safe and effective VRS removal—because workers lives matter.

Stuart Archer, Managing Director, Post Pullers

Dr Stephen Ladyman, Clearview Intelligence

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