Highways & Transport Theatre

This theatre looks at the day-to-day issues surrounding the industry, hosted in association with a number of key industry bodies.

On Tuesday the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transport will discuss, among other things, skills and training as well as sharing experience. Later in the day REMA will concentrate on designing safer road networks for the UK road network.

On Wednesday the Institute of Asphalt Technology will discuss materials, resources and new technology, followed by ITS (UK) who will tell us more about the DfT's progress towards supporting better traffic data management.

On Thursday’s Futures Day the theatre is dedicated to the next generation of workers in the industry. We will hear about ideas for recruitment and have a discussion lead by industry leaders who will give background on how their careers led them to where they are now.


CIHT Hosted Session: Improving local highways | Session Chair: Matthew Lugg, President CIHT

11:45 - 12:10

Improving Local Highways - The latest updates on the CIHT review into the funding, governance and operation of the local highway 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, President CIHT

12:15 - 12:40

Delivering local highways

  • What makes for effective delivery of local highways services, including Worcestershire Highways (Winner of the CIHT Collaboration Award 2018)
  • Running an effective local highway authorities contract
  • Role of collaboration in delivering shared objectives
  • Lessons learnt from the sector

Nick Goddard, Regional Director, Ringway

12:40 - 13:00

Collaboration across the sector

  • Practical examples of successful local highway delivery
  • Improving local highway authority performance
  • Role of measurement in achieving objectives
  • Future delivery of the local highway network

Representatives from Measure2Improve

13:00 - 13:15

Professional Development Workshop

CIHT members will take part in an interactive session that will look at how we can deliver the future skills for the profession and embrace life-long learning. Attendees will be able to find out how their own CPD objectives can be aligned to having a successful career.

REMA Hosted Session: Designing safer roadsides on the UK road network | Session Chair: Andrew Pledge, REMA Secretary

14:15 - 14:40

Implications for designers of the new 2019 Passive Safety Standard

  • Main changes contained in the new standard EN 12767:2019
  • Specifying products to the new standard
  • Re-classifying existing products to the new standard

Andrew Pledge, REMA Secretary

14:40 - 15:05

How the drive for enhancing road safety for all is influencing ITS technology and scheme design

  • Think minimalist and passive safe first
  • Getting solutions and roadworkers out of the road
  • Doing more with less and an exploration of new technologies that could provide the answer

Wayne Stant, Strategy and Marketing Director for Clearview Intelligence

15:05 - 15:30

Crash Testing of roadside barriers

  • Why we test products
  • Highway furniture testing
  • The use of simulation in Product development

Alistair Crooks, Horiba MIRA



IAT Hosted Session: The current state of our Asphalt highways and how we might improve through Innovation and Quality Management | Session Chair: Andrew Lyle, Director of Development, Institute of Asphalt Technology

10:00 - 10:20

ALARM 2019 - Behind the Headlines

  • A look at the data from the most recent ALARM Survey
  • The benefits to society and the Environment of well maintained roads

David Giles, AIA Director / Samantha Stagg, AIA Communications

10:20 - 10:40

Innovative Low Volume Asphalt for potholes, patching and utility reinstatements

  • What is Low Volume Asphalt (LVA)
  • Understanding the process of LVA
  • Benefits of using LVA

Hayden Davie, Technical Sales Engineer, Jobling Purser

10:40 - 11:00

Automated Quality Assurance: 21st Century Materials Testing for Safer Construction, Better Roads and BIM

  • Problems with current testing
  • How automated quality assurance systems work
  • What is required for calibration. 
  • how data gained from automated testing methods is represented and utilised

Ruairi Charlesworth, Development Manager, Highway Data Systems

11:00 - 11:15

Panel discussion and Q and A

ITS (UK) Hosted Session: The DfT's progress towards supporting better traffic data management | Session Chair: Jennie Martin, Secretary General, ITS (UK)

This session is co-organised by Department for Transport and ITS (UK) and will cover a range of issues, including LAMP, the Traffic Regulation Order Discovery project and smarter parking.

11:50 - 12:00

The Local Transport Data Plan and the role of DfT

  • The Local Authority Data Discovery (the North Highland Report)
  • The role of data in the development of C-ITS
  • Our current initiatives (LAMP, TRO data discovery, CITS Data Competition)
  • The NAP (National Access point) and EU Delegated Regulations

Graham Hanson, Head of Smarter Traffic Management, Traffic and Technology Division, Department for Transport

12:00 - 12:10

Parking data, the road to kerbside management

  • What is the future of parking?
  • Ever increasing demands on the kerbside
  • Will CAVs understand parking signs?
  • Essential role of local authorities as data providers
Nigel Williams, Chair Board of Directors at British Parking Association

12:10 - 12:20

The TRO Discovery Project

  • Introduction to the TRO Discovery Project
  • Progress to date
  • What have we learnt so far

Abbas Lokat, Streets Development Manager, Geoplace

12:20 - 12:30

Local Authority Mobility Platform

  • Overview of this year’s LAMP project, key finding and outputs
  • Active evolution of the LAMP Framework for use by local authorities
  • Trying it out, applying the LAMP Framework to local authority pilots
  • Ongoing engagement with local authorities and other LAMP stakeholders

Marcel Pooke, Team Leader Technical Capability Team and Richard Tusting, Senior Technologist, at Connected Places Catapult

12:30 - 12:40

Local Authorities and Connected Vehicles, new streams of data and the next steps for UTMC

  • The future role of UTMC and technology standards
  • The work of the C-ITS projects and Focus Groups
  • Fitting DfT initiatives (LAMP, NAP, etc) into the wider picture
  • The challenges of data and connectivity

Darren Capes, ITS Policy Lead, Traffic and Technology Division, Department for Transport

12:40 - 13:00

Panel discussion and Q and A

IHE Hosted Session | Chaired By: Richard Hayes, CEO, IHE

14:20 - 14:40

Driver Behaviour

David Morgan, Chairman, Buchanan Computing

14:40 - 15:00

Digitalising the Road Manual for Roads and Bridges

Steve Denton, Executive Director & Head of Civil, Bridge and Ground Engineering, WSP

15:00 - 15:20

Compliance in the traffic supplier sector

Ross Bullerwell, Managing Director, Rennicks UK

15:20 - 15:30

Panel discussion and Q and A



Thursday - Futures Day

10:30 - 10:45

WJ presentation on Stand H090 

Garry Duncan and the WJ Products Director will provide a very engaging presentation about how chemistry and physics can be applied to the transport industry with a particular focus on road markings. They will also highlight the varied career opportunities in our sector for engineers, operators, commercial, marketing, finance and administration students.

11:15 - 11:30

Futures Day introduction and the future of the highways and transport industry-a HR perspective

  • Resourcing the highways and transport industry of the future
  • Supporting graduates and apprentices and making best use of them
  • What type of people with what skills do we need in the future?

Vicky Glover, Head of HR, Kier Highways

11:30 - 11:45

Jobs in Transport

  • The range of jobs in the sector
  • What employers are looking for
  • Summarising a case study on the industry

Simon Mattock, Technical Recruitment Director, ISR Recruitment

11:45 - 12:10

How I got to where I am

Senior industry professionals with differing backgrounds explain how their careers panned out, demonstrating how things don’t always turn out as you expect, and that our industry has opportunities whatever your background.

Ian Patey, Head of Profession, ITS at WSP

Krishna Desai, Marketing Communications Manager at Cubic Transportation Systems

Scott Belcher, Leading American Consultant

Sharon Kindleysides, Former Chair, ITS (UK) and Director at RMS Sydney

Miller Crockart, Chief Commercial Officer, HORIBA MIRA

Steve Gooding, President, RAC Foundation and former Director at DfT

12:10 - 12:40

Experiences in the industry

Panel discussion led by Ian Faddy-Widmann, Amey (ITS (UK) Young Professionals Forum Chair)

James Bullen – Atkins

Charlie Hale – TfL

Kulraj Panesar - WSP

12:40 - 12:45

Continuous Professional Development

Cherrie Ouerghi, Marketing and Events Executive, IHE

12:45 - 13:00

How to shine without showing off

  • Do Civil Servants know anything about leadership?
  • How does Tom Lehrer come into this?
  • Some thoughts on career planning

Prof Eric Sampson – visiting Professor Newcastle University and City University London

13:30 - 13:45

WJ presentation on H090

Garry Duncan and the WJ Products Director will provide a very engaging presentation about how chemistry and physics can be applied to the transport industry with a particular focus on road markings. They will also highlight the varied career opportunities in our sector for engineers, operators, commercial, marketing, finance and administration students.



*Programme subject to change.

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