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Wednesday, May 22, 2024


Panel: Putting the Brakes on Speed: Data and Insights from the Rollout of 20mph speed limits in Residential Wales

10:30 - 11:10 Traffic Management
  • Background to the setting of 20mph as the default speed limit for urban roads in Wales.
  • A partnership approach to default speed limit change in Wales: discussing the change from policy to practice.
  • Overview of ongoing review into setting exceptions to the default.
  • How connected vehicle data has informed analysis and research of compliance since the new speed limit was implemented.

Panel: Exploring the Relationship between Road Deaths and Larger Vehicles

11:15 - 11:55
  • Both buses and trucks serve critically important societal functions.
  • The perils of modal comparison – collision rates vs casualty vs net prevention value? 
  • Reducing exposure to risk, safe driving, incident avoidance, severity reduction during impact, and post-crash response.
  • Discussing the success of TfL's Prince Michael Award-winning schemes in the Direct Vision Standard, Bus Safety Strategy, Vision Zero on London’s Bus Network and Implementing a Safe System Approach.

Panel: Designing and Maintaining Roads for a Safer Tomorrow

12:00 - 12:40 Maintenance
  • Discussing the science of passive safety: designing for human error and building safer roadsides.
  • How do signs and lamp columns injure people and how can we prevent it?
  • What does data tell us about where to prioritise investments in pursuing Vision Zero?

Roadworks Reshaped: Harnessing Technology to Alleviate Congestion, Enhance Sustainability and Boost Safety

12:40 - 13:00 Maintenance Traffic Management
  • At which point of a project do you consider the impact of congestion on road-users, including public transport and pedestrians?
  • Steps we can take at design stage to reduce risk for highways workers, and road users.
  • Sustainable solutions currently available that can keep traffic flowing, with particular focus in urban areas, and intermediary solutions to be considered when permanent systems are being replaced.


13:00 - 14:00

Panel: Improving Biodiversity on the UK's Road Networks

14:00 - 14:40 Biodiversity
  • The role transport networks can play in nature’s recovery while also factoring in Vision Zero considerations.
  • Considering how habitat management is important, not just habitat creation
  • The value of the National Highways Soft Estate.
  • How we manage our land, historic management, and consequences.
  • Key biodiversity issues caused by the road network, specifically habitat connectivity.

Evidence-Based Decarbonisation Interventions for Local Authorities

14:45 - 15:15 Decarbonisation
  • The Sub-national Transport Bodies have worked together, as well as liaising with DfT, to develop a number of evidence-based carbon calculation tools for use by local authorities.
  • The tools are focussed on user emissions and are place based, so provide bespoke outputs for local authorities.
  • The presentation will introduce the tools, including transport carbon baseline dashboards; TfN’s Clean Mobility Tool; and the Carbon Assessment Playbook – potentially with short demo’s.
  • The Carbon Assessment Playbook, developed by a consortium of STBs including Englands Economic Heartland, Transport for the South East and Transport East, allows users to understand the carbon reduction effects associated with different interventions/policies on bespoke local authority carbon baselines.

Case Study: The Lower Thames Crossing and PAS 2080

15:15 - 15:45 Decarbonisation

Panel: Decarbonising Roads from Cradle to Grave

15:50 - 16:30 Decarbonisation
  • A discussion covering embodied carbon across all lifecycle stages, from material supply to design, construction, maintenance and end of life.
  • With the whole value chain in mind, how can asset owners work towards PAS 2080 and ISO 14001? 

Thursday, May 23, 2024


9.8m People Experience Social Exclusion from the Transport System. How Can We Address This?

10:00 - 10:40 Accessibility
  • What we know about the scale of social exclusion caused by transport issues in England.
  • The areas and communities that tend to be most affected by transport issues.
  • The impacts of COVID-19 and the rising cost of living on transport-related social exclusion.
  • How transport policy, strategy, and investment can act to deliver a more equal and inclusive transport system.

Delivering Carbon and Cost Savings for Better Roads

10:45 - 11:05 Maintenance Decarbonisation
  • Maintenance Services
  • Sustainable Solutions
  • Achievable Benefits
  • Setting the Standards
  • Preserving your Resilience

Local Authority Action on Air Quality

11:10 - 11:30 Decarbonisation
  • What powers and duties do local authorities have to address air pollution?
  • How do councillors, officers, campaigners and members of the public feel about action on air quality?
  • What are the barriers and enablers to action on air quality?

Panel: How Can We Bring Together Behavioural Change and Innovation to Improve Safety?

11:35 - 12:15 Behaviour Change
  • Behaviour Change Science: the scientific foundation of behaviour change will be highlighted, stressing the importance of applying theories, approaches, and logic models to drive effective road safety interventions.
  • Purposeful Innovation: the need to avoid pursuing innovation solely for the sake of innovation will be underscored.
  • Collaborative Potential: the significant potential in collaborative efforts and knowledge-sharing will be explored as an important component for driving innovation and enhancing road safety outcomes.
  • Scientific Design and Evaluation: the critical role of rigorous scientific design and evaluation in ensuring that interventions lead to the desired behaviour change.
  • Professionalisation of the Sector: the importance of professionalising the road safety sector to ensure behaviour change approaches improve safety.

Increasing Road Safey through Effective Traffic Control Design

12:15 - 12:35 Artificial Intelligence Traffic Management
  • Effective problem identification using AI technology supported by robust collision and casualty analysis.
  • Confident design through simulation, visualisation, and traffic control software.
  • Proactive assessment using immediate and long-term solutions.

Enhancing Road and Worker Safety through Drone-based Inspection and Monitoring

12:40 - 13:00 Maintenance
  • Discussing the use of drones for structural inspections to improve worker safety, eliminating the need to have inspectors work in areas with dangerous traffic, at high altitude or in risky confined spaces.
  • Considering the case study of Netivei Ayalon: a major highway operator in the Tel-Aviv metro area where an inspection was conducted without the need to stop traffic.


13:00 - 14:00

Launchpad Lightning Presentations and Awards

14:00 - 14:45

Up to eight businesses will be selected to receive a free stand in the Launchpad area at Traffex, with automatic entry into the 2024 Launchpad Lightning Presentations and Awards.

As part of the Lightning Presentations, each company will deliver a three-minute-twenty-second presentation: Ten slides, 20 seconds per slide. It's fast, furious and fun. 

Guests and judges will be asked to judge the best presentation, with prizes including a free exhibition stand at Traffex 2025.