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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.

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? 

Roads to Tomorrow

14:00 - 15:30 Traffic Management Vodafone Lounge
  • DfT will present an outline of the challenges of bringing technology to the road network, in particular in terms of the human and institutional barriers in place.
  • Participants from a range of backgrounds are invited to share their experiences and perspectives, with a particular emphasis on what barriers they face and what opportunities they have to help others address barriers of their own.
  • As part of that, we invite people to suggest what DfT should have in its ‘top five’ roads technology topics for the next two-three years.


Roads to Tomorrow Workshop

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?

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.  

Wednesday, May 22, 2024


Welcome to Parkex

10:30 - 10:40

Introduction from BPA President


Tomorrow's Parking World, Today

11:00 - 12:00

Exploring what the future holds and how to prepare for the challenges that lie ahead, this session will provide key insights, advice and guidance on key areas of development, including:

  • National Parking Platform
  • Alliance for Parking Data Standards
  • Connected and Autonomous Vehicles
  • Kerbside management

BPA Veterans in Parking – Signing of the Armed Forces Covenant

12:00 - 12:30

Parking Structures Forum

12:30 - 14:00

This workshop will provide key takeaways for owners and operators of car park facilities including best practices and operational guidance to manage key operational areas, including:

  • Fire risk assessment
  • Suicide prevention
  • Life care planning

It's Not Just Part of the Job

14:00 - 15:30
  • A workshop for employees and organisations that employ frontline staff providing an opportunity to share and gain practical advice and knowledge to help safeguard staff who work in public facing roles.
  • Bringing together existing good practices and new sector-wide insights that can help employees inform and develop processes to support and protect staff from incidents of violence or abuse.
  • Results from the Frontline Officer Welfare benchmark survey will also be revealed. 

Innovation Award/Start-up Award

15:30 - 17:00

Offering all exhibitors an exciting opportunity to be considered for the 2024 Innovation/Start-up Award.

Designed to highlight new products, services, and sector-leading innovation, the Award will put you on the map with advanced publicity, clear recognition in the Parkex show guide and post-event promotion.

Showcase your products and services live to visitors in the BPA Live Theatre with power-pitches, live demonstrations and interactive elements which will leave visitors wanting to find out more! If you would like to take part in the Innovation Award, please submit details of relevant products or services to be considered for inclusion at no additional cost to you or your organisation.

Click here for apply for Innovation Award  



Approved Operator Forum

11:00 - 13:00 Vodafone Lounge

Thursday, May 23, 2024


Keynote Address

10:30 - 11:00

The Private Parking Code & Associated Framework

11:00 - 12:00
An update on the current situation regarding the implementation of the Government's new single code of practice and associated framework. 
Hear from sector-leading experts and practitioners about the expected timeline and impact of the new code and the support currently being provided by the BPA. 

Exhibitor Presentation

12:00 - 12:30

BPA Women in Parking Lunch and Learn

12:30 - 14:00

This session will provide an opportunity for members of the Women in Parking community to network and share knowledge and experiences with like-minded professionals as well as discuss future development opportunities.


Parking Technology Forum

14:00 - 15:00

Join us for this collaborative discussion on:

  • Camera technology
  • getting value from camera technology for local authorities
  • using data to shape parking design
  • understanding the road use
  • shaping behavioural change policies
  • AI – using AI to improve customer experience
  • Fraud prevention – tackling parking payment fraud

Put your questions to the panel and be prepared to join this lively discussion.  


Local Authority Forum

10:00 - 12:15 Vodafone Lounge

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

EVEX Theatre sponsored by


Panel: How Close are We to Achieving Equitable Access to EV Charging

10:30 - 11:10 Accessibility
  • Join us for a dynamic discussion on the pressing issue of equitable access to EV charging infrastructure.
  • Our expert panel will explore current disparities, barriers to accessibility, and innovative strategies for ensuring that all communities have equal opportunities to participate in the electric vehicle revolution.

Power Up! – Challenges and Opportunities for Electrification of the Strategic Road Network

11:15 - 11:35 Funding & Investment
  • The government announced a pilot of the Rapid Charging Fund in December 2023.
  • As we work to ramp up the provision of rapid and ultra-rapid charging for strategic journeys, Liz will speak about lessons learned to date and consider future opportunities in this space.

Highway Challenges & The Need for Innovative Charging Solutions

11:40 - 12:00
  • This presentation explores the critical role local authorities play in rolling out electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, focusing on areas without off-street parking.
  • It highlights potential areas for infrastructure placement and addresses legal challenges, proposing stakeholder consultation as a key to achieving equitable and efficient EV support systems.

Panel: Open Source Charge Point Data – How Can We Make Sure It Benefits End-Users

12:05 - 12:45 Data
  • Join us as industry experts explore strategies to ensure that this wealth of information truly benefits end-users.
  • From enhancing user experiences to fostering innovation in EV infrastructure, learn how collaborative data sharing can drive positive outcomes for all stakeholders in the electric vehicle ecosystem.

Making EV Charging More Accessible across Public and Commercial Sectors

12:45 - 13:15 Accessibility
  • Discover how businesses and local governments are developing their EV charging networks.
  • Explore innovative strategies in improving accessibility and learn how different organisations are driving change.


13:15 - 14:15

Panel: How Can Local Authorities Recruit and Upskill to Deliver Charging Networks?

14:15 - 14:55 Skills & Recruitment
  • Empowering local authorities to spearhead the expansion of charging networks is essential for accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles.
  • Join our panel of experts as they discuss effective strategies for recruiting and upskilling personnel within local governments to plan, deploy, and manage EV charging infrastructure.
  • Gain valuable insights into building the workforce needed to drive sustainable transportation initiatives at the community level. 

Guidance and Asset Policy with the Proliferation of EV Charging Infrastructure

15:00 - 15:05

Panel: Procurement in Practice

15:20 - 16:20 Funding & Investment
  • Discover best practices and real-world insights to optimise procurement processes for EV charging infrastructure projects.
  • Join us to learn how effective procurement strategies can drive efficiency, sustainability, and equitable access in the transition to electric mobility.

Thursday, May 23, 2024

EVEX Theatre sponsored by


Zero Emission Bus Infrastructure

10:00 - 10:20 Fleet
  • London’s Zero-Emission bus strategy
  • Tendering and Deploying ZE Infrastructure and Fleet
  • Electric Vehicle charging
  • Opportunity charging
  • Challenges and improvements

Adopting Fleet Friendly Charging Infrastructure

10:25 - 10:45 Fleet
  • Explore the challenges that fleet users are facing with charging infrastructure. 
  • Things to consider for local authorities, including recommendations to resolve issues with grid connections.

Harnessing the Sun: A Case Study of Solar Canopy Implementation for a Local Authority

10:50 - 11:10

Panel: Forecasting Demand for Charging and Matching Infrastructure Delivery Appropriately

11:15 - 11:55 Data
  • Our panel explores methodologies, data-driven approaches, and best practices for accurately predicting future charging needs.
  • Discover how strategic planning can align infrastructure development with evolving demands, driving the seamless integration of electric vehicles into our transportation ecosystem.

Panel: How Can We Unlock Public Confidence in the Transition to Evs?

12:00 - 12:40 Behaviour Change
  • Building public confidence is crucial for the widespread adoption of electric vehicles.
  • This panel explores strategies to overcome scepticism and instil trust in EV technology.
  • From addressing range anxiety to highlighting environmental benefits, discover actionable insights to inspire consumer confidence and accelerate the transition to sustainable transportation.

Debate: "Our Kerbs Can’t Take Any More Clutter and EV is the Last straw”

12:45 - 13:30 Accessibility

The case for the prosecution and defence will be argued in this engaging session to debate a common concern around roadside EV infrastructure.

Wednesday, May 22, 2024


DfT Update and Look Ahead

10:30 - 11:00

Winter Maintenance Insights from the Netherlands: Innovation in Organisation and Technology

11:00 - 11:25 Maintenance
  • How winter maintenance is organised on national highways in the Netherlands.
  • How the Netherlands implements new technologies like car data and AI in day-to-day road winter maintenance.

Exhibition & Networking

11:30 - 12:00

Planning for Future Winters: Formulating an Updated Approach, Salt Strategy, and Delivering Sustainable Winter Service

12:00 - 12:25 Maintenance
  • Considering our Net Zero journey in a winter maintenance environment.
  • Our salt strategy.
  • Adapting our severe weather service.
  • Developing our R&D programme.
  • Adapting for climate change – snowblower replacement.

Connecting the Dots

12:30 - 12:55 Connected Vehicles
  • There are many emerging ITS services and systems available now for all road users (not just new cars).
  • These can make roads safer and give all road users better services, and connected vehicle data is now the norm.
  • Services are about to leap from the test track to roads.


13:00 - 14:00

Highways Awards Winner: Waltham Forest Council’s Flood and Water Management Strategy

14:00 - 14:25 Maintenance
  • A holistic approach to flood and water management in a busy London Borough.
  • Ranging from building flood resilience within communities to building major SuDS programme.
  • Embedding sustainable design.

Frost Heave – A Hidden Threat

14:30 - 14:55 Maintenance

Snowblowers – A National Highways Procurement

15:00 - 15:25 Fleet
  • Winter fleet overview
  • Why snowblowers
  • Our procurement route
  • Relationship management
  • Innovation

Gap Analysis Panel

16:00 - 17:00
  • A discussion amongst representatives from national and local transport authorities, road operators, and other stakeholders on the NWSRG’s Practical Guide for winter service and whether there are any gaps or areas to update in its coverage of key issues and topics.

Thursday, May 23, 2024


Gritter Driver – A Day in the Life

10:30 - 10:55 Fleet
  • Best Days
  • Worst Days
  • Are we the weakest link?

Active Travel in Winter

11:00 - 11:25 Active Travel

• Challenges to active travel in winter
• Winter treatment provision
• Role of technology
• Benefits to stakeholders and the wider economy
• What does our future winter service look like


Exhibition & Networking

11:30 - 12:00

Delivery of First Winter Service

12:00 - 12:25 Maintenance

Winter R&D Consultancy: Potassium Acetate Review

12:30 - 12:55 Data
  • Motivation for the project
  • Overview of the consultancy tasks
  • The current plan for the KAc review
  • Additional supporting work
  • Expected outcomes


13:00 - 14:00

Cold Comfort Lightning Presentations

14:00 - 15:00
  • As part of the Cold Comfort conference programme for 2024, we are introducing lightning presentations: fast-paced sessions comprising ten slides which progress automatically every 20 seconds for a total time of three minutes 20 seconds.
  • These are presentations that would not necessarily warrant a full conference slot but are nevertheless relevant and of interest to the sector.
  • The session is open to all exhibitors and local authorities who wish to deliver updates or solutions for the winter service/maintenance sector.