Highways UK 2019 Starts in

6/7 November 2019, NEC, Birmingham

Local Authorities HUB

A meeting place for local authorities to network and share ideas, with a series of short presentations exploring resilience in its many guises. Supported by ADEPT and LGTAG, sponsored by Ringway.

6 November

Session 1

11.15-11.50  Busting congestion by delivering live road closure information to satnav devices 

Daniel Anderton, Ringway

Will Young, Ringway Jacobs

Nikki Knight, Elgin

Winning the 'Deploying Digital Innovation and Technology' category in the 2019 ADEPT Presidents Awards, this collaboration between Elgin, Ringway, Ringway Jacobs and Hertfordshire and Essex Councils is helping highways maintenance teams to update live road information to satnavs.  

In this session, you will learn why the mobile app was created, how it works, what the team have learnt through the development and implementation process, and plans for the next steps in deployment. 

Session 2

12.00-12.45 StreetManager update

Sally Kendall, DfT

Paul Chandler, DfT

The DfT team share the latest updates on the StreetManager project.

Session 3

13.00-13.45 Permitting

Mark Kemp, ADEPT?

Jeff Elliott, West Sussex County Council?

Mark Corbin, TfWM?

Latest updates on the requirements and readiness for permitting

Session 4

14.00-15.00 Putting community choice at the heart of resilience 

Hannah Budnitz, University of Birmingham

Dom Proud, LGTAG

James Gleave, Mobility Lab UK

Community resilience, where the public are empowered to harness local resources and expertise to help themselves and their communities, is being recognised as essential component of flexibility and recovery from severe weather and incidents impacting our local infrastructure.  

Three local government highways and transport practitioners chose to investigate this topic in different ways. Dom Proud via part-time study for a BSc, Hannah Budnitz though a career shift to embark on a PhD, and James Gleave by launching a new company to put community needs at the centre of transport planning. 

Learn what inspired each of their journeys, what they have learnt along the way, and how we can implement changes based on their collective insights. 

Session 5

15.15-16.00  Maximising the 'co' in collaboration 

Ashley Prior, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council

Clive Hall, Herefordshire County Council

Representatives from two collaborative alliances, the Future Highways Research Club, and the Midland Service Improvement Group, share their findings on effective approaches to collaborative working.

This session explores how to accommodate scaleability, flexibility and political agility in commissioning, together with supporting local economies, talent and SMEs as suppliers.  

It sets this into context of the interface between local roads and the MRN, and the need to understand and manage cause and effect of investment and commissioning decisions on the consistency of road network condition and maintenance.  


7 November

11.15-11.50  Reception and networking - meet ADEPT and LGTAG

[12.00-12.30 Burges Salmon stage. launch of LGTAG Climate Emergency and Resilience package

Nigel Riglar, ADEPT

John Lamb, LGTAG]

Session 6

13.00-14.00 Are we ready for an emergency?

Peter Lee, BSI

Sarah Reeves, TRL 

John Lamb, LGTAG

Dom Donini, Northamptonshire County Council

Resilience in local highways is the ability to prepare for identified shocks and stresses, to respond to and recover positively from those events that you cannot predict or avoid, and adapt to changing conditions. Resilience must focus on the ability of the system to continue to function, considering technical resilience alongside community and organisational resilience.

This session gives you the opportunity to learn first hand from those who have been developing the latest guidance (Resilience Shift Primer for Roads), British Standard BS67000 in City Resilience, and who have first hand experience of co-ordinating multi-agency responses to severe weather events in Calderdale and Cumbria. 

Session 7

14.15-15.00 How to build the business case for resilience 

Jon Munslow, South Gloucestershire Council

Sarah Reeves, TRL

Hugh Gillies, Transport Scotland

Damage to local highways infrastructure from severe weather causes significant impact to businesses, communities and the economy, and requires significant investment to repair.  

Predicting the locations at highest risk of damage in the event of severe weather, and making the case for investment to strengthen these locations in advance, is a proactive way to manage and risk. 

This session enables you to learn from teams in local and national road authorities who have created predictive modelling tools to identify at-risk areas, and to justify investment in and benefits of preventative measures.  

Session 8

15.15- 16.00 What colour is your umbrella? - climate change readiness

Dom Proud, LGTAG

Elodie Huiban, Institution of Civil Engineers

Felicia Jackson, School of Oriental and African Studies

tbc, Southampton City Council

In response to increasingly urgent calls for action from the international scientific community and increasingly strident public protests, the Government in Westminster and many Councils have declared Climate Emergencies. But whilst we can all agree that our climate is changing in ways we can't easily predict and that we need to be much better prepared to adapt, the increasingly alarmist environment can make clear decision-making difficult.

The challenge for local highways teams (and something they are well-equipped and experienced at), is looking through the hype and understanding the real issues and priorities that require their attention. All the while they must be mindful of the particular political focus of the day, and figure out ways to deliver these requirements in ways that protect and provide for the longer term needs of public, environment, and society.

This session brings together the latest in local authority response, financial risks to businesses from climate change, and the role of professional organisations to help engineers connect the value of their work to delivery against the UN Sustainable Development Goals.  



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