This online conference provides attendees with the opportunity to explore the future of the UK highways and road network. Delegates will discuss the latest policy updates, such as the evaluation of the Road Investment Strategy 1 and the move towards phase 2. In addition, best practice case studies will share lessons on implementing innovative technology into road networks, creating major local road networks and raising road network standards through a reduction in potholes and road damage across the UK.
According to the RAC Foundation there are 38.7 million vehicles licensed to use roads within the UK in 2019. The road networks within the UK carry 90% of passenger journeys and nearly 70% of freight journeys meaning it is imperative to the UK economy that road networks must be improved and maintained.
The Road Investment Strategy (RIS 1) was launched in 2014, it set out the long term goals for 2015-2020 including investing £15.2 billion into major road schemes to improve the existing networks. It also set out additional goals of improving networks for cyclists, reduce the noise impacts of motorways and prevent death and serious injury on road networks.
The Department for Transport concluded a consultation on the UK’s Strategic Road Network (SRN) in February 2018. This consultation saw a split in opinions about whether increased investment in the road network and others that favoured investment in existing networks. Following this consultation, the Department for Transport published a draft version of their Road Investment Strategy 2 which established the government’s goals for the next 5 years, including representing users, supporting housing and economic growth whilst improving safety and maintenance.
It was announced in March 2019 that Councils across England would be allocated an additional £50 million to repair potholes and improve flood resilience across road networks. This funding is in conjunction with £151 million in extra allocations to reward councils for best practice in road repairs. After the success of the 2015 and 2017 local highways maintenance funding, the government announced that they will be launching 2019 and 2020 funding rounds equalling £198 million. This fund enables local highways authorities to bid for major projects in England that would otherwise be difficult to fund through usual formula funding.
It is vital that local authorities and local enterprise partnerships across England work together to improve highways and roads; failure to do so could lead to compromised road safety and lower driver satisfaction.
*Please note to comply with the latest public health guidance around Covid-19, this conference will run entirely via an online platform. Specific joining instructions and guidance will be provided to registered delegates
The day will begin with a 20 minute interactive session, led by the Chair, in which delegates will be able to outline the key challenges they are facing in their roles and inform the Chair of what they would like to discuss during the course of the day.
This will inform debate and direct the conversation throughout the day so that attendees are confident that their most pressing concerns and desired learning objectives will be covered.
- Understanding the areas most likely to impact road transport and technology in the UK including connectivity, new mobility models and an increase in the utilisation of data
- Updating on the Future of Mobility programme with a focus on Future Mobility Zones – where they are and what will be happening in them
- Discussing the current landscape for connected vehicles within the UK and how data flows need to be created to support the rise in connected and automated vehicles
- Outlining the recent release of updated Traffic Signs Manual guidance from DfT and consider the impact that technology will have on traffic signals and road markings on UK highway networks
- Outlining how Cumbria County Council are trialling the use of plastic roads from minor patching work up to major road resurfacing
- Highlighting how Cumbria County Council successfully bid of £1.6 million of funding from the SMART Places- Live Labs Competitions from ADEPT
- Understanding how this approach will help to provide a cost effective method of delivering road repairs whilst using recycled single use plastic
- Discussing how this innovative project will help to tackle the emergence of potholes by providing more stable road surfaces and reduce the emergence of new potholes
- Delivering improved road networks across the Midlands over five key areas including supporting the corridor approach and strengthening relationships with Highways England
- Outlining the importance of Large Local Majors and how Midlands Connect worked with 22 local authorities to identify the roads most in need of funding
- Discussing the proposed long-term vision set out for transforming major roads in the midlands, such as the A46 corridor, and the impact this will have on local industries
- Highlighting how Midlands Connect have submitted requests for £600m in funding to make improvements across 11 priority road improvement schemes and the impact these will have on boosting local economies as well as supporting the creation of new homes
- Outlining how the South East Hampshire Rapid Transit network was created to ensure that journey times in the region were improved whilst working around the limited infrastructure space
- Discussing how this network consists of dedicated bus lanes and bus stop infrastructure to reduce delays for all traffic
- Highlighting how this network will help support the local economic region through connected over 17,000 new homes and over 300,00 sqm of employment floor space by 2036
- Exploring how this scheme will improve connectivity with other modes of public transport include rail services, waterborne transport and cycling routes
- Outlining the CIHT’s review in to Improving Local Highway funding and operation across the UK and the latest findings from this, including the need for a new approach to maintenance
- Exploring the importance of understanding the current state of road networks to help identify the amount of investment and time needed to improve and maintain these vital channels
- Discussing the role of local authorities in improving the local highways network, including the opportunities presented by collaborative working
- Outlining the key Strategic Road Network users including; freight, public transport and cyclists, and the different needs that each group have and how these will be fulfilled through the RIS2
- Understanding how Highways England delivered £3.8 billion of investment between 2018-2019 and the impact that this has had on the strategic road network within the UK
- Discussing the role that technology will play in improving road networks in an emerging technology landscape including connected vehicles and digital infrastructure
- Highlighting the key objectives within the RIS2 including the Northern Trans-Pennine corridors, the Oxford to Cambridge expressway and improvements to the M25 South-West quadrant
This panel session will discuss the importance of organisations working in partnerships to improve the connectivity of cycle routes and cycle crossings across the UK. As well as providing guidance and advice on how such partnerships can be established.
*programme subject to change
This online conference is designed for Local Government and Local Enterprise Partnerships. Job titles will include:
- Head of Road Infrastructures
- Directors of Highways Traffic and Engineering
- Infrastructure Delivery Managers
- Heads of Economic Growth
- Project Managers
- Transport and Development Planners
- Chief Executives
- City Planning Officers
- Business Development Directors
- Heads of Transport
- Planning & Delivery Managers
- Strategic Directors of Environment