Highways UK 2017 Starts in

8/9 November, 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.


Confirmed speakers

Conference facilitator: 

Richard Westcott, Transport Correspondent, BBC

Speakers include:

Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands

Jim O'Sullivan, Chief Executive, Highways England

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

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

Alasdair Reisner, Chief Executive, Civil Engineering Contractors Association

Rupert Clubb, immediate past president, ADEPT and Director of Communities, Economy and Transport, East Sussex County Council

Hugh Gillies, Director for Trunk Road and Bus Operations, Transport for Scotland

Dave Wright, Executive Director, Kier Highways

Chris Jackson, Partner, Burges Salmon

Steve Gooding, Chairman, RAC Foundation

Robert Smithbury, Transformation Director, i4intrinsic

Steve Norris, former Transport Minister and co-chair Highways UK advisory board


Morning - the state of things

Morning sessions are themed around the state of things and will cover:

· The Government's Transport Investment Strategy

· Progress on the National Infrastructure Commission's National Infrastructure Assessment

· Delivering the business end of RIS 1 and maintaining momentum into RIS2

· Major Roads Network one year on and progress on the Sub-national Transport Bodies

· Achieving a more equitable funding regime across the whole network


Afternoon - the elephants in the room

Afternoon sessions address the sector's elephants in the room including funding, financing and road pricing; procurement, risk allocation and supply chain collaboration; productivity, capacity and capability; and preparing road infrastructure for electric and connected vehicles.

Taking a blockers and enablers approach, our expert witness speakers will offer a rounded and succinct perspective on the industry's big issues and explore, through a combination of presentations and Question Time-style debates, the strategic interventions needed to solve the issues that have historically been too hard to challenge or even properly address.

Further details to follow once other key speaker invitations are confirmed


Early Booking

A conference pass for Day 1 costs £250+VAT, an advance rate of £200+VAT is available until 8 September. The advance rate for a two-day conference pass (including Highways People on 9 November) is £320+VAT

Click here to go to the registration pages


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