Highways UK 2019 Starts in



6/7 November 2019, NEC, Birmingham




Do you want to challenge the highways sector to change?

CECA, the Civil Engineering Contractors Association, is launching its Change Infrastructure: Highwaysprogramme as an integral element of Highways UK. It is looking for people from across the industry - customers, contractors, supply chain and stakeholders - to identify challenges to put to delegates at the event in November. CECA chief executive Alasdair Reisner explains

Alasdair Reisner

Alasdair Reisner

Chief Executive, Civil Engineering Contractors Association

Friday 20 July 2018

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 This is an incredible time to work in the UK highways sector. Across the country organisations are investing at record levels in innovative approaches to ensure the nation's roads networks meet the demands of a growing travelling public.

But we know that we can do better. Just as the way that we build and maintain roads now is very different to the way we did things 10 years ago, so we know that there will be as much or more change in our future.

We want safer roads

We want more efficient delivery

We want delighted customers to value the network

We know that we can achieve this most effectively where the industry works together to identify the changes that it wants to make, that it needs to make.

So we see Highways UK as a brilliant opportunity to bring the industry together to discuss what our priorities should be.

Through our Change Infrastructure: Highwaysevent, we are looking to invite our customers, contractors, supply chain and stakeholders to join us at Highways UK. 

We want to know what you see as the biggest challenges for the sector. But we want more than that. We also want you to tell us what you think the industry could do to respond to these challenges. 

Over the course of a morning we will ask a diverse panel of presenters to put forward the challenges that they see for the sector, and the solutions that they think would work to resolve these problems.

We will then open it up to the industry to decide which challenge is most important, with a free vote to all Highways UK delegates.

Over the course of the next year we will then bring together the best people from across the industry to not just talk about the issue, but to put in the place the real change, creating a positive legacy for the sector that we will bring back to Highways UK in 2019.

Right now we are looking for people from across the industry who have a challenge that they would like to put to delegates at Highways UK. If you think that you have something, we hope that you will get in touch by emailing alasdairreisner@ceca.co.uk- and should your challenge be selected, CECA will provide support to help you prepare a short 5-10 minute presentation to deliver at the event.

So if you think you have an idea about how we can break new ground in digitising the industry; a suggestion of how we can secure the health, safety and wellbeing of our workforce; a proposal for new ways of building roads mode effectively; a way of recruiting a diverse new workforce; or any other idea that can revolutionise our sector, please do get in touch. 

We look forward to seeing you in November, as we set off on a mission to change the industry. 

Alasdair Reisner is chief executive of the Civil Engineering Contractors Association