Traffex Theatre

This year's Traffex Theatre will bring strategic and high-level content to our attendees through a series of presentations and informal debates that highlight some of the key themes and challenges in the highways and transport sectors. The conference programme is split over three days and the main topics are to include highways funding and maintenance, future technology and Mobility as a Service.


Setting the scene for the week, our keynote speakers give their views on key issues facing our industry

10.00 - 10.15

How technology is driving change on the motorway network
* Delivering market-leading innovation
* Using technology to save lives and create more efficient networks
* Technology and our roads of the future
Jim O'Sullivan, CEO, Highways England

10.15 – 10.30

Delivering innovation and technology on the local network
* Making cost effective technology work for local roads
* Funding our network in the future
* Driving change through technology and innovation
Neil Gibson, President of ADEPT

10:30 - 10:45

Collaboration - A partnership value
* Creating the right partnerships and the right values
* Making collaboration work
* Using recent case studies to highlight change and improvements
George Lee, CEO, HTMA

10:45 - 11:00

The CIHT Lugg Review into the funding, governance and operation to the local road 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 OBE, CIHT President & Head of Profession, Local Government at WSP

11:00 - 11:20

Making the Collaborative Learning Circle work for industry
* Transforming the sector's approach to safety, customer service and collaboration
* Collaborative based learning
* Delivering consistency across the sector
Dave Wright, Executive Director, Kier Highways

 Creating and funding a more resilient network of the future

11:45 - 12:05

Embracing technological advances to deliver a safer, more resilient and more efficient road network
* Connecting the country-what trends are driving long-term change?
* Planning around the customer of the future
* Technology to design, build, monitor and maintain our road network
* Preparing for ‘digital roads’
Elliot Shaw, Executive Director, Strategy and Planning, Highways England


12:20 - 12:35

Creating the workforce of the future through social mobility
* Our future workforce’s requirements
* Finding new ways to attract different talent to join the industry
* Adapting a workforce for the future of the road network
James Haluch, Managing Director-Highways, Amey


12:35 - 12:50

Data, Delivery and Devolution
* The five challenges facing MRN
* Planning and delivery of the MRN
* A regional based approach
Richard Stewart, Highways Sector Director, Costain


12:50 - 13:10

The Road Miles concept ideas for improving roads and lessons from Adopt a Highway in the US
* The current situation regarding funding and where it is going wrong
* Ideas and different ways of working
* Why these ideas are fair, equitable and the population would support it
* The background to the concept
* What’s in it for DOTs and adopters
* Opposition and pitfalls
* Recommendations
Edmund King, President of the AA
Patricia Nelson, President, US Adopt a Highway Corp


13:10 - 13:30

How we can help with the impact of funding challenges
* Changing demands requires a change
* Commercialisation and mutuality
* Future operating models
Mitesh Solanki, Managing Director-Local Authorities, Kier Highways and Steve Willis, Chief Operating Officer, Lincolnshire County Council


13:30 - 13:50

Update on the CHART project to replace legacy IT systems in Highways England
* Project established with Rijkswaterstaat (RWS), HE’s equivalent in the Netherlands
* Replacing the legacy IT systems in our Regional Control Centres (RCCs), Regional Operations Centres (ROCs), National Traffic Operations Centre,
smaller control rooms and Rijkswaterstaat traffic management centres in the Netherlands
* Success of the project
Glyn Evans, Head of CHARM, Highways England


Delivering for the traveller - Discussing the issues affecting the users of our transport network and ensuring we include all types of user in our planning

14:15 - 14:30

An update on the work on various Transport Select Committee inquiries
* Active Travel
* Local roads funding and governance
* Mobility as a Service
* The health of the bus market
Lilian Greenwood, Chair, Transport Select Committee


14:30 - 14:45

Is today’s Urban Traffic Control fit for tomorrow?
* Benefits of UTC
* Variations around the world
* Are today’s systems capable of meeting modern transport challenges?
* What impact will future transport policy and technological advances have on UTC
Dr Andrew Hamilton, Lead Product Owner, Siemens
Irfan Shaffi, Operational Control Manager,
 Transport for London

14:45 - 15:00

Why customer care isn’t only good for travellers but for your business too
* Why a customer-centric future is vital
* Planning and delivering with the customer in mind
* The benefits of delivering for the customer
Lianne Butler-White and Ruth Kinsella, Customer Experience Managers, Amey

14:50 - 15:10

Informing the traveller needn't cost a fortune
Liz discusses the county's traveller information project - how its dedicated traffic control centre not only focuses on traffic management but also on informing travellers through signs, online and even live radio reports.
Liz Burr, Essex County Council

15:00 - 15:15

The benefits of intervening in traffic management rather than doing nothing
* The benefits of informing the traveller
* Sources of Information
* Outlet channels
* Good and bad practice
* What travellers want from Highways England
Ian Patey – Head of Profession, Intelligent Transport, WSP
Lee Rowbotham, Senior Stakeholder Manager, Transport Focus

15:15 - 15:30

Informing the traveller needn’t cost a fortune
* Planning and delivering a county-wide traveller information project
* How much information to give, and when to give it?
* Co-ordinating consistent county-wide information
Liz Burr, Head of Network and Safety/Traffic Manager at Essex Highways

15:30 - 16:00

Inclusive mobility – if you don’t actively include all travellers in your planning, you will end up excluding people whether you mean to or not
Blind people, wheelchair users, the elderly: What are their travel experiences like? How hard is it to get about and what simple solutions have they found that would be easy to implement yet make a world of difference? What sort of avoidable difficulties have they had?  How important is technology in improving their travelling experience?

Bryan Matthews, Senior Research Fellow, University of Leeds
Helen Aluko-olokun, Policy Business Partner at Guide Dogs
Dom Hyams, Digital & Communications Director, Grid Smarter Cities
Mervyn Kohler, External Affairs Adviser, AGE UK




Changing the way we travel - Practical steps in getting people out of their cars more often 

10:00 - 10.15

Delivering the Mayor's Strategy
* Setting out the Mayor's strategy
* Encouraging modal shift
* Specific examples for walking, cycling and public transport
Carl Eddleston, Head of Asset Operations, Transport for London


10:15 - 10:30

Transport for Greater Manchester’s Transport Strategy-what we have implemented with the travelling public in mind and the benefits of doing this
* Designing and planning a transport strategy with the travelling public in mind
* Managing congestion and limiting vehicle journeys in the city
* Giving the travelling public the right information and the right choices
Jonathan Marsh, Strategic Planning Manager, Transport for Greater Manchester


10:30 - 10:45

One city’s strategy – what Bristol has done to encourage modal shift
* Encouraging active travel, reducing delay at pedestrian crossings
* Supporting bus journey time reliability including improvement projects, bus lane enforcement, priority and SCOOT validation
* Future developments
Jackie Davies, Principal UTMC Engineer, Bristol City Council


10:45 - 11:10

Nudging people towards behavioural change and why people don’t always act the way economists might tell you they will
* How understanding behaviour means small differences will go a long way towards changing behaviour
* Why people hate turning back and blame you for things that aren’t your fault
* What you can do about it!
Pete Dyson, Senior Consultant, Ogilvy


11:10 - 11:30

Navigating uncertainty
* CAVs-setting the ground rule
* Shaping and supporting performance in a CAV future
* Forward planning
Paul Hammond, Global Practice Leader for Infrastructure Development and Economics at Mott MacDonald

Delivering safer travel

11:45 - 11:50

Setting the scene - Why road safety has to be the number one priority
Nick talks about some of the cases his charity has supported among the thousands of people bereaved or seriously injured in road crashes and why it's vital to reduce road danger
Nick Simmons, CEO, Roadpeace


11:50 - 12:05

The progress being made
* Practical examples of where local authorities have introduced measures
* Demonstrable effect on safety
Dr Suzy Charman, Executive Director, Road Safety Foundation


 12:05 - 12:20

LiDAR challenges and opportunities in ADAS for autonomous vehicles and their implications on road safety
* Identifying ADAS technology that could gain early support and therefore will have an advantage when CAVs reach the market
* Comparing ADAS technologies in the market and their implications on road safety
* Identifying the opportunities and challenges ahead in ADAS with the applications of road safety
Zeina Nazer, Doctoral Researcher, University of Southampton, and Co-Founder, CITIES FORUM 


12:20 - 12:35

Lessons from America – the good and bad of road safety in the USA
* The road safety situation in the US
* Attitudes to enforcement
* What technology has done to improve road safety
* What the UK can learn from the US and vice-versa
Scott Belcher, Global independent consultant, former President, ITS America


12:35 - 12:50

Customer safety in roadworks
* The historical safety journey
* The customer and environment lenses
* A new approach to customer safety
Andrea Green, Customer Experience Director, Costain


12:50 - 13:00

Road to Wellbeing?
* Talking about mental health and wellbeing in the highways and transport sector
* Developing the right approach to wellbeing
* Implementing a wellbeing strategy
Emma Hughes, Wellbeing Programme Lead, A-one+


Environment matters – Transport makes up a quarter of the UK’s carbon emissions and any efficiency savings are being offset by a growing population and more journeys. Here we discuss what can be done to change things.

14:15 - 14:30

The status quo is just a no-no
* Why we cannot keep doing the same things
* How electric cars don’t fix the problem of city centre air pollution
* Why doing something tomorrow will be too late
Keith McCabe, Managing Director, KAM Futures and Vice Chair of Smart Environment Forum at ITS (UK)


14:30 - 14:45

Clean Air and Low Emission Zones – the Joint Air Quality Unit
* The policy in the UK
* First and second phase implementation
* What to consider
Mark Wedlock – Associate Director, Arup


14:30 - 14:50

Prioritising Clean Air
* Poor air quality is the largest environmental risk to public health in the UK
* The government is introducing a series of strict controls and legislation to help tackle and control air quality
* The challenges associated with the implementation of clean air and low emissions zones
* How cities and local authorities can address challenging criteria with significant benefit
James Riley, Head of Enforcement Solutions, Siemens Mobility


14:50 - 15:10

Air quality initiatives on the Strategic Road Network
* Air Quality Strategy 
* Supporting Government’s national air quality plan
* Using barriers to improve the air for our closest neighbors
* Helping accelerate the uptake of zero emission vehicles
* Air Quality Designated Fund activity

Christopher Plumb, Air Quality Programme Manager, Highways England


15:10 - 15:30

Reducing Emissions in Putney using ITS solutions
* Issues with the emissions in the area
* Using predictive modelling to analyse traffic patterns
* Reducing congestion before it is formed
* Air quality improvements
Jenny Melbourne, Area Performance Manager, Transport for London





10:00 - 11:00

The Traffex Debate: “This House believes that driverless vehicles are the biggest opportunity for a step change in mobility and therefore it is right that resources and investment are channelled towards them.”

Four panellists will debate the question before an audience, who will vote on whether they support or oppose the motion. Are driverless cars really going to deliver the safety and mobility benefits that its supporters say? Will they work as expected, will they be affordable, how will they work in a mixed fleet and when, if ever, will they be commonplace on our roads? Supporters of the technology say it’ll be the biggest revolution since the Model T Ford, opponents think it’s a lot of hot air. Who is right? The audience will decide.

Moderated by:
Andy Graham, White Willow Consulting, Chair ITS (UK) CAV Forum
Supporting the motion:

Miller Crockart, Chief Commercial Officer, Horiba Mira and former director at PTV Group
Dr Claire Gregory, Team Leader, Special Projects, Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles
Opposing the motion:

Christian Wolmar, author “Driverless Cars: On the Road to Nowhere”
Steve Gooding, Director at the RAC Foundation, former Director General, DfT


What does the future of travel look like?

11:20 - 11:35

Future Mobility-taking you on a journey into the highways and transport sector of the future
* Future Mobility-what it means for our road network of the future
* How future technology will drive change
* Planning and implementing new technology on the network
Alistair Gollop, Technology Services Engineering Lead, Mott MacDonald


11:35 - 11:50

A Vision for Digital Transport Infrastructure
* Planning for digital transport infrastructure
* Tackling and implementing change
* A vision for digital transport infrastructure 
Adrian Malone, Head of Digital Project Delivery and BIM for Transport & Infrastructure at WSP


11:50 - 12:10

What’s happening in America and what we can learn from each other
* The technology advancements and practical steps being taken to improve transport in America
* Thoughts on what could be implemented in the UK
Scott Belcher, Global independent consultant, former President, ITS America


 12:10 - 12:30

Opportunities and challenges for connected and automated vehicles
* Benefits of connectivity and autonomy
* The challenges that must be overcome
* And the need for multi-sector collaboration and for public trials
Prof Paul Jennings, Lead for Intelligent Vehicles, WMG University of Warwick


 12:30 - 12:45

Enabling CAV-a White Paper study - The smart investment for UK infrastructure
* Tackling congestion with technology
* Investing in C-ITS, CAV and intelligent mobility
* CAV implementation recommendations
Oliver Teall, Head of Intelligent Mobility, Costain


12:45 - 13:00

Mobility as a Service - Simplifying the public transport solution
* The concept of the Swift system
* How it works
* Implementation
* What other authorities could learn from these experiences
Matthew Lewis – Head of Swift, Transport for West Midlands


13:00 - 13:20

UK Logistics to 2030
* How society’s needs of logistics might change
* How could the logistics system evolve
* What can we achieve on pollution, safety and congestion, and what part will technology play in this?




*Programme subject to change.

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