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Wednesday, May 22, 2024


Keynote 1: Strategic Roads – RIS2 and Beyond

10:00 - 10:30

Panel: £70-million Plan for Drivers Funding: The Story to Date

10:55 - 11:40 Funding & Investment Traffic Management
  • Following the first two rounds of the PfD funding, Darren Capes will talk to two of the successful authorities about their experience and spending plans.  

Fully Autonomous, Vision-based Traffic Signal Control: from Simulation to Reality

11:45 - 12:05 Artificial Intelligence Traffic Management
  • Presenting an artificial intelligence system to control traffic lights in real time.
  • The system – the first of its kind – reads live camera footage and adapts the lights to compensate, keeping the traffic flowing and reducing congestion.
  • We present the findings of deploying this AI traffic control to real-world junctions, in collaboration with Coventry City Council.

Keynote 3: Futureproofing Transport Infrastructure: The Coventry Story

12:10 - 12:40 Traffic Management Decarbonisation
  • Outlining the infrastructure to meet net-zero operations in Coventry
  • Providing an enhanced test bed for the future development of vehicle technologies and transport systems, including micromobility, EVs, and an urban airport
  • How the city is encouraging behavioural change 
  • The steps take to increase the effectiveness of traffic management, leading to reduced congestion, pollution and associated economic/social benefits  

Panel: Using AI to Proactively Anticipate and Manage Traffic across the Network

12:45 - 13:25 Artificial Intelligence Traffic Management
  • Achievements within the transport community to date in this area of R&D, and its benefits in defining urban transport requirements.
  • What's needed among councils, researchers and other players to enable AI to be used in a smart cities context?
  • What are the barriers to accessing data, and how do we weigh up convenience against privacy? 

Civil Moving Traffic Enforcement: What's Involved?

13:30 - 13:50 Enforcement Traffic Management

The council perspective:

  • Reasons for considering civil MTE
  • Getting members on board
  • Selecting sites 
  • Consultation and explaining it to the public

The consultant's input:

  • Are the signs clear and legal?
  • What else could be improved to increase compliance?
  • Will the adjudicators expect advance signing?
  • How big are your boxes?
  • Can you find all your orders?

Panel: Connected Vehicle Data: What Benefits does it Offer Road Operators and Transport Planners?

14:00 - 14:40 Connected Vehicles
  • Improving transportation efficiency, enhancing vehicle safety, reducing emissions, and enabling new mobility services are touted benefits of connected vehicles. 
  • But how are these opportunities being realised on the ground? 

Please Mind the Gap: Feedback from Local Authorities on Barriers to Embracing the Connected Future

14:40 - 15:00 Connected Vehicles
  • We all have a vision for the future. The “C” in CITS & CCAM is much mentioned, but more difficult to deliver. The desire is there. The ideas are plenty.
  • As an industry, how do we enable our Local Authorities to deliver the change.
  • In this talk, SWARCO will cover feedback from Local Authorities in the UK on their real-world challenges in embracing the connected future.

Panel: Highways Maintenance – Supporting Existing and Emerging Methods and Materials

15:05 - 15:45 Maintenance
  • Discussing what local authorities, regional and national bodies are doing to unblock innovation in this area.
  • A look at how lane rental schemes can be used to fund innovation and improve the quality of reinstatements.
  • Discussing routes to improving the quality or accessibility of records about the location of underground pipes, wires, and other apparatus.
  • Analysing the importance of quality control throughout the maintenance process and the need for strong regulation to ensure this.

Modernising and Digitalising the Specification for Highway Works

15:50 - 16:20
  • National Highways is modernising and digitalising the Specification for Highways Works that are used by all road authorities across the United Kingdom, and this will be published in March 2025.
  • New ways of preparing and distributing site-specific specifications will be introduced and this will require changes to the way in which clients, designers and constructors work.
  • This presentation will outline these changes so that organisations can adapt to the new requirements in advance of the launch in March 2025.

Asset Management - An ORR View

16:20 - 16:40
  • How we will consider asset management capability in our advice on setting RIS3.
  • RIS2 Asset Management performance.

Mind Over Machine: Elevating Human Capabilities in the Shadow of AI

16:40 - 17:00 Artificial Intelligence
  • An exploration of the huge opportunities to improve front-line learning in the highways sector and whether 'using AI' is a realistic or remiss solution.

Thursday, May 23, 2024


Keynote 1: ORR’s Role in Delivering Roads Reform for Road Users and the Wider Public

10:00 - 10:25
  • Who we are and what we do.
  • How we hold National Highways to account with a focus on RIS2 deliverables
  • Our role in setting the next road investment strategy, with a focus on our efficiency review.

How Can We Attract Young Professionals to the Industry and Support Them?

10:30 - 11:10 Skills & Recruitment
  • Some of the sector's key trade associations, consultancies and local authorities will discuss the challenges the industry faces in hiring and retaining diverse talent to fill a growing number of roles.
  • Emerging young professionals in the early stages of their careers will also be involved to discuss their recent experiences and how things might be improved for the next generation of recruits.

Keynote 2: Government’s Plans for Roads Investment

11:15 - 11:45 Funding & Investment
  • What Network North means for investment in local road infrastructure.

Unlocking the Power of Transformation through Teckal Collaboration

11:45 - 12:05 Funding & Investment
  • How the Teckal Exemption works in practice, allowing Cormac to operate as a council-owned company, the largest of its kind in the UK, with a turnover of £145 million, and 1,000 employees in the South West.
  • Examining increased customer satisfaction and the activity of other council-owned companies in other parts of the country.

Workshop: Unlocking the Full Potential of TRO digitisation for Local Authorities (Part 1)

12:10 - 12:45 Digitisation
  • A session delivered by representatives from across the Digital Traffic Order lifecycle.
  • Short presentations from each party will be followed by a panel discussion and audience Q&A.
  • The DfT will introduce Digital Traffic Regulation Orders and the latest on the D-TRO Beta project to build a centralised repository of Digital TROs and how to participate in that work.
  • Lambeth Council will demonstrate: 
    • Rationale and objectives for digitising orders;
    • Process used to make the transition;
    • Issues and solutions encountered; and
    • Operational user experience, benefits and efficiencies.

Unlocking the Full Potential of TRO digitisation for Local Authorities (Part B)

12:45 - 13:20 Digitisation

A perspective addressing the wider challenges of the Government’s fast approaching target date of July 2025, including:

  • What this means for the 80-plus authorities using ParkMap and the 110-plus LAs using
  • What authorities with less sophisticated processes in place, need to do.
  • The here-and-now benefits of sharing data with a case study from award-winning Kent County Council.

Panel: How do We Pay for Our Roads Going Forward... Is Mobility Pricing the Answer?

14:00 - 14:40 Funding & Investment
  • There is an emerging belief that mobility pricing will be implemented.
  • However, since it's not for road operators to decide how government raises revenue, it's the responsibility of the industry to make the case for the right interventions.
  • What are these, and what are the technical, political and practical barriers to implementation?
  • Insight from schemes in place across Europe, USA and New Zealand.

Active travel: Changing Attitudes Regarding the Perceived Hierarchy of Road Users

14:45 - 15:25 Active Travel Behaviour Change
  • Despite Highway Code changes, investigations show the majority of motorists still believe they are top of the road hierarchy. What can be done to change this?
  • How do we balance restraining the most "aggressively anti-driver traffic management measures" as per the Plan for Drivers document with Active Travel England's objective for 50% of trips in England's towns and cities to be walked, wheeled or cycled by 2030?