Highways UK 2018 Starts in

7/8 November 2018, NEC, Birmingham

Highways UK Conference

Highways UK Conference - 8 November

The Highways UK Conference takes place on 8 November. It offers a high-level look at the strategic issues relevant to both strategic and local roads networks.

Conference facilitator: 

Richard Westcott, Transport Correspondent, BBC

Session 1 (session sponsored by Ramboll)

09.50-10.10 Jim O'Sullivan, Chief Executive, Highways England

10.10-11.00 End of RIS 1 and into RIS 2

Anthony Smith, Chief Executive, Transport Focus

Richard Coates, Head of Performance - Highways, ORR

Alasdair Reisner, Chief Executive, Civil Engineering Contractors Association

11.00-11.20 Lord Adonis, Chair, National Infrastructure Commission

11.20-11.50 Break - exhibition and networking


Session 2 (session sponsored by Burges Salmon)

11.50-12.10 Major Roads a year on and progress on the Sub-national Transport Bodies

Tricia Hayes, Director General, Roads, Devolution and Motoring, DfT 

12.10-12.20 A perspective from Scotland

Hugh Gillies, Director of Trunk Roads and Bus Operations, Transport Scotland

12.20-12.40 Unpicking the Infrastructure Investment Strategy and interfaces across the SRN and local and major roads networks

Rupert Clubb, immediate past president, ADEPT

Cllr Martin Tett, Leader Buckinghamshire County Council and Chair England's Economic Heartland

12.40-13.00 Panel discussion with Tricia Hayes, Hugh Gillies, Rupert Club, Martin Tett

13.00-14.00 Break - exhibition and networking

Session 3 (session sponsored by emovis)

14.00-14.50 Paying for roads- plugging the gap as revenues from fuel duty and road tax collapse 

Revisiting road pricing and other radical funding models raised by the 2017 Wolfson Prize challenge "better ways of paying for better roads" 

Doug McWilliams, Deputy Chairman, CEBR

Julian Glover, Director, 2017 Wolfson Prize

Steve Gooding, Director, RAC Foundation

Gary Raccuja, Amey, Wolfson Prize winner

14.50-15.15 Environmental and sustainability perspectives on what we mean by better roads

Stephen Joseph, Chief Executive, Campaign for Better Transport

David Symons, Director of Sustainability, WSP

15.15-15.25 Strategy into action

Robert Smithbury, Director, i4intrinsic

15.25-15.50 Break - exhibition and networking

Session 4 (session sponsored by Balfour Beatty)

15.50-17.00 Unlocking the blockers and and encouraging the enablers

Facing up to the sector's big strategic challenges. What are the practical steps needed to overcome the sector's "elephants in the room"?


Chris Jackson, partner, Burges Salmon

Changing the delivery model

Simon Ellison, Highways Director, Costain

Risk sharing and supply chain relationships

Dave Wright, Executive Director, Kier Highways

Infrastructure skills

Keith Waller, Senior Advisor, Infrastructure and Projects Authority

Powering the grid and distribution network in the face of increasing fleet electrification

Dr Phil Coker, School of Construction Management and Engineering, University of Reading


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