Highways UK 2020 Starts in

4/5 November 2020, NEC, Birmingham

Jacobs Main Theatre

Burges Salmon Stage

Jacobs Main Theatre

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Wednesday 6 November

Event moderator: Richard Westcott, BBC Technology correspondent 


Session 1 Strategic Road Network

(session sponsored by Costain)


Highways England's progress and priorities 

Steve Gooding, Director RAC Foundation, former director general DfT


Perspectives on meeting RIS 1 objectives and priorities for RIS 2

Anthony Smith, chief executive, Transport Focus

John Larkinson, interim chief executive, ORR


The road ahead; how Highways England's Digital Roads vision will help us deliver a safer, more efficient road network

Elliot Shaw, executive director, strategy and planning, Highways England


Panel: Steve Gooding, Anthony Smith, John Parkinson


Richard Westcott

Steve Gooding

Anthony Smith

John Larkinson

Elliot Shaw

Panel discussion


11:45 - 12:45

Session 2 Sub-national Transport Bodies

Climate change and the Major Road Network: supporting sustainable economic growth

The Major Road Network is a newly recognised layer of roads with a national funding pot worth £3.5 billion. England's seven Sub-national Transport Bodies have worked with local authorities from across their regions to submit schemes to government that can be delivered between 2020 and 2025. Join transport chiefs from the North, the Midlands, the South East and England's Economic Heartland for insight into what's worked well, what they might look at changing next time around, and what happens next.

(panel session with no presentations)

Rupert Clubb, Lead Officer, Transport for the South East 

Peter Molyneux, Major Roads Director, Transport for the North 

Maria Machancoses, Director, Midlands Connect

Martin Tugwell, Programme Director, England's Economic Heartland

Steve Gooding, Director, RAC Foundation


Panel discussion part 1

Panel discussion part 2


Session 3 Future Perspectives


Keynote: Scotland's trunk road priorities

Roy Brannen, Chief Executive, Transport Scotland



Beyond 2020 vision

A new decade beckons... leading commentators from across the infrastructure and mobility sector offer a series of focused observations on the major opportunities and priorities, while assessing the main blockers and enablers

The UK Connected and Automated Mobility Roadmap to 2030

Daniel Ruiz, Chief Executive, Zenzic

Data as a key to improving efficiency, safety and the passenger experience

Alastair McMahon, Data and Insights Director, O2

How to make sense of the future in an uncertain and fast-changing world

Elizabeth de Jong, Director of UK Policy, Freight Transport Association

An institution's perspective

Andrew Hugill, Director of Policy and Technical Affairs, CIHT


Daniel Ruiz

Alastair McMahon

Elizabeth de Jong

Andrew Hugill

Panel discussion



Session 4 More than getting from A-B


The role of roads in achieving sustainable and resilient transport

The UN's Sustainable Development Goals give us a 'blueprint' for a future where everyone is able to enjoy quality of life, and how we live is back in balance with what the planet can provide. This session will focus on the critical role transport has to play, and why the future of transport infrastructure is not about individual modes but better access, mobility and connectivity outcomes for all. 

Dr Juliet Mian, Infrastructure Resilience Specialist, Arup, and Technical Director for the Resilience Shift



The challenge of beautiful roads

The road to good design set out Highways England's design vision with the aspiration that, as well as being safe, efficient and affordable, roads should also be beautiful. Hear from Highways England's design panel and other supporters helping to take forward this aspiration.

Mike Wilson, Chief Highway Engineer and Chair of the Strategic Design Panel, Highways England

Cat Drew, Chief Design Officer, Design Council

Martin Knight, Founder, Knight Architects (file size > 50Mb) 

John Lyall, Chair, Highways England Design Review Panel (file size > 50Mb)


Mike Wilson

Cat Drew

Martin Knight

John Lyall

Panel discussion


Laureates Awards Dinner 

(held in the Jacobs Main Theatre)


Welcome (Andrew Dowding, Highways UK and Mark Garrity, Thales)

Ginny Clarke (Chair of the Laureates selection committee)

2019 Laureates Awards

Roy Brannen (introduced by Martin Tugwell, President, CIHT)

Steve Rowsell (introduced by Martin Tugwell, President, CIHT)

2019 Associate Laureates Awards

Farheen Ahmed (introduced by Jordan Flint, Kier Highways)

Katherine Jackson (introduced by Warren Bradley, Mott MacDonald)


Thursday 7 November



Session 5 Local roads


A strategic future for local authority roads

Darryl Eyers, President, ADEPT (no slides)


Progress towards a Highways Sector Deal

Over the past three months, the highways industry has been exploring the potential benefits of a specific Highways Sector Deal with the supply chain and key stakeholders. The sector continues to be be-set by challenges when it comes to planning, developing and delivering investment and the Highways Sector Deal presents an exciting opportunity to address that. Hear how we're looking to shape together a Highways Sector Deal that is innovative, deliverable and benefits UK Plc.

(file size > 50Mb)

Anna Delvecchio, Rail Sector Deal co lead, Amey

Neil Gibson, Immediate Past President, ADEPT

Martin Tugwell, President, CIHT


A new sector response to climate change

We are in a climate catastrophe and when it comes to roads management and maintenance, past events are no longer a reliable predictor of the future. How do local authorities re-skill their teams to better respond to the greater weather extremes that are becoming the new normal?

(presentation and video not available)

John Lamb, Immediate Past President, LGTAG


Panel: what is the opportunity from breaking the orthodoxy and overcoming the barriers and challenges that to date have limited reform of the local highway network?


Darryl Eyers

Anna DelvecchioNeil GibsonMartin Tugwell

Panel discussion



Session 6 Road to zero


De-bunking the myths and other misunderstandings surrounding the roll-out of infrastructure to support the electric vehicle revolution (panel session, slides only used by Phillip New)

Phillip New, CEO, Energy Systems Catapult

Laura Rainey, Senior Project Manager - EVs, National Grid

David Hytch, head of innovation and strategy, Franklin Energy

Ross Fairley, Partner, Burges Salmon

Read Ross Fairley's blog on the main themes arising in the session


Panel part 1 (David Hytch, Laura Rainey, Philip New)

Panel part 2 (Ross Fairley and discussion)


Session 7 New thinking in urban mobility


Perspectives on how UK cities are tackling air quality, congestion, the transition to a low carbon economy and access to housing and opportunity while better connecting places, communities and opportunities

Rethinking the use of urban road space in a return to people-centred, connected places and communities

single presentation

Kate Kenny, Growth Director for London and Cities, Jacobs

Carlo Castelli, Head of Cities Solutions, Jacobs

Transitioning to a low carbon mobility future

Alistair Hunter, director, Arup

Cardiff's EV transition

single presentation

Jason Dixon, Operational Manager of Transport Development and Network Management, Cardiff Council

Tom Morgan, Client Development Director Arcadis


Kate Kenny and Carlo Castelli

Alistair Hunter

Jason Dixon and Tom Morgan

Panel discussion


Highways England schools trail briefing

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