Traffex Theatre 2017


Tuesday 4th April


Exhibition Opening


Delivering a strategic approach

It has been two years since the newly formed Highways England took control of the strategic network. This session examined the future challenges and opportunities on the strategic network and considered how more regional working, as a result of devolution, might change the management of the UK road network and lead to more collaboration.

Jim O'Sullivan, Chief Executive, Highways England


Driving connected transport networks

This session investigates the challenges that surrounds delivering local transport and highways infrastructure as a catalyst to enabling growth and prosperity. The importance of investing in local infrastructure is now more important than ever. The highways and transport sectors are changing rapidly and while existing issues remain, there are new challenges and opportunities on the horizon.

Managing and maintaining our road networks is becoming more complex but at the same time technology and data is helping drive new, more efficient and effective ways of working. Devolution and regional transport will mean more collaboration too. This session will draw on current best practice and future thinking.

Rupert Clubb, President, ADEPT & Director of Communities, Economy & Transport, East Sussex County Council


A brave new world: Collaborating and contracting in 2017

Creating the right relationships is fundamental to further industry which will be needed as the sector faces the brave new world of regional working and devolution. Understanding the demands, challenges, opportunities and benefits of public and private sector working together is crucial to getting the best from contracting arrangements.

Geoff Allister OBE, Executive Director, HTMA


Funding our roads of the future: People, resources and new strategies

Funding for the strategic and local network has increased over the last six years but a consistent case for that funding to continue means the industry has to constantly search for new strategies and approaches to obtaining funding and delivery projects, on time and to budget. This session asks how we can fund the roads of the future and how to make best use of people and resources.

Sue Percy, Chief Executive, CIHT & Steven Norris, President, ITS (UK) & Dr Colin Black, UK Transportation Business Director, Arcadis


Funding, resilience and driving change

New ways of funding, making our road network more resilient and creating evidence for future funding.

Steve Berry, Head of Highways, DfT, John Lamb Interim Director and Rob Gillespie, President, TAG


Delivering devolutuion: a regional challenge

Falling just a month before the Mayoral elections, this session examines what is next for regional devolution and the next steps towards delivery of transport and highways.

Cathy Miller, Deputy Director, Cities, Places & Devolution


Making the network work

A report examines a year's worth of work by the RSMA into the different and important aspects that join together to help make the network work including maintaining and improving road and road-worker safety as well as efficient and effective highway delivery and addressing skills and training.

The IHE and WJ Group have also joined forward to help drive collaboration and highlight the importance of continued training of the industry's most important asset: people.

George Lee, Chief Executive, RSMA. Richard Hayes, Chief Executive, IHE & Paul Aldridge, Managing Director, WJ Group-South and Chairman, RSMA


Wednesday 5th April 


Keynote: Collaboration and regional working-the contractors perspective

David Wright, Executive Director, Kier Highways


Better contracting and the secret to delivering better performance and more focused outcomes

Creating the climate for trust and deliverable outcomes.

Amanda Fisher, Managing Director, Balfour Beatty Living Places &  Alison Bond, Director, Halo Works


Better contracting-a public and private perspective

In-house or outsource?
The benefits and opportunities of better contracting
Contracting and procurement in-line with regional working

David Kinsey, Area Manager- Highways, Derby City Council and Alasdair Reisner Chief Executive, CECA


The progress and development of data in the highways and transport sector

Proper and effective use of data in the highways and transport sector helps deliver improved performance and helps create the necessary evidence for future funding. This session considers the development of systems and strategies to help aid that process and what more the industry can do to make better use of the data and information it uses every day to manage the network.

Paula Claytonsmith, Director of Strategy & Performance, Gaist & Karen Cassar, Technical Director-Asset Management, Capita


Smart Motorways- Smarter Journeys

Discussion about how Variable Speed Limits are set, how reactive they are to incidents, the work we are doing to educate drivers and improve compliance.

Shaun Pidcock, Divisional Director, Smart Motorway Projects, Highways England


Safety First: prioities and aims for an improved approach to road and road-worker safety

How the UK can work together to further improve its approach to road safety. Drawing on best practice from around the UK and the rest of the world what should be the priorities for road safety delivery over the next few years and what will it take to achieve those goals.

David Davies, Executive Director, PACTS & Simon Ellison, Highways Director, Costain



The challenge of diversity & skills in the highways and transport sector

WISE campaigns for gender balance in the science, technology and engineering sectors. This session assesses how we are doing in the highways and transport sector and what can be done to attract and retain women.

Helen Wollaston, Chief Executive, WISE in conversation with Steve Fox, Chief Executive, BAM Nuttall


Why apprenticeships work

Discussing the contribution apprentices make to a business and strategies to get more women into technical apprenticeships.

Helen Wollaston, Chief Executive, WISE & Sarah Malkin, , WISE Young Women’s Board and Engineering Support Officer, Babcock International & Sally Scott, , Head of Emerging Talent, Skanska

Thursday 6th April


Keynote: Network Operators and the Development of the Information Market

Technology has been used to manage road networks for decades. These technologies have largely be driven by data generated by single-purpose sensors. They have aimed to, in some way or other, present information and instruction to users to stimulate certain behaviours conducive to the performance of the overall system.

However, technology has changed dramatically and will continue to change further in the coming years. The scale and sources of data have increased exponentially and, importantly, the sources and role of information available to end-users have grown, creating diverse, timely and personalised insight for decision making. More so than ever the quality and usefulness of information to users of all types is the key to unlocking an optimised road network and with increasing economic and environmental pressures, this has never been more important?

The challenge for our industry is to harness all of the relevant technology – from traffic signals to smart phones – contributing to a much larger, fluid and integrated ‘information market’ than we have operated in to date. The role of the network operator needs to be rethought and new levels of collaboration between local and national authorities, private companies and end-users is going to be required.

Daniel Ruiz, Managing Director, Dynniq & Mark Garrity, Sales, Strategy & Marketing Director, Transport, Thales


From rail to roads

What can industry learn from what strategies are being delivered in the rail sector and how can they be best implemented?

Steve Rowsell, President, CIHT


Why collaboration is more important than ever

Roger Williams, Head of Network Assurance, East Sussex Highways


Enabling Energy Efficiency in the Public Sector

This session will discuss how Salix Finance can work with local authorities to achieve financial savings and emissions reductions by providing interest-free finance for energy efficiency projects.

Hayley Condie, Programme Manager, Salix Finance


Exhibition Closes

View the Highways and Transport Theatre Programme here