Highways UK 2020 Starts in

4/5 November 2020, NEC, Birmingham

Local Authorities HUB

A meeting place for local authorities to network and share ideas. Themed sessions comprising short presentations with facilitated discussion to share experiences and learn from speakers and colleagues. Supported by ADEPT and LGTAG, sponsored by Ringway

6 November

Session 1

11.15-11.50 StreetManager update

Street Manager in 2019:

Street Manager is a new digital service for promoters and co-ordinators of road works that will transform the planning, management and communication of street and road works through open data and intelligent services to minimise disruption and improve journeys for the public. This month sees us enter into Public Beta where any authority or undertaker can request access and get signed up to begin transition to the new way service. The Street Manager team will be on hand to share the latest updates, answer your questions and show a demo of the service.

Street works by 2025:

We also want to do something a little different. We are currently nearing the end of the third batch of Street Manager Roadshows and want to take this opportunity to imagine what the world of street works looks like in the year 2025.

Imagine just for a minute that it's April '25. Step off your hover board, put down your meal pill and take off your augmented reality headset. Street Manager has been in place for over 5 years. What changes have happened to the tech landscape of highways and street works? What use did people make of the data? What does the planning, carrying out and inspecting of works look like in a Street Manager world? Join us as we step out of the day to day and think about where we might be.

Sally Kendall, DfT

Paul Chandler, DfT


Session 2

12.00-12.45 Permitting

Jeff Elliott, West Sussex County Council

In June 2018 the Department for Transport (DfT) supported a push for the 35% of Highways Authorities that had not implemented Permit Schemes to prioritise their introduction. 

Enabling Local Highway Authorities to better coordinate the booking of highway space is seen as a key step forward in reducing congestion and delays resulting from road closures and diversions. Support for Permit Schemes is provided in DfT's forthcoming Street Manager service for reporting new streetworks and roadworks.  

Jeff Elliott has directly implemented or supported authorities with their Permit Scheme development at Brighton and Hove, Southampton, Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, Medway and most recently South Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire Councils.  He is currently Traffic manager for West Sussex County Council and is working with numerous other authorities who are currently in progress with Permit Scheme development.  He helped develop the DfT Cost Benefit Analysis tool and supports other authorities by sharing learning to solve practical problems like:

Where do we find the staff and resources to manage permit schemes? 

How do we get the messaging right to build stakeholder support?

What fees should we charge utilities companies? 

What level of service is expected in return?  

How can councils maximise the benefit Permit Scheme offers?

Take this opportunity to learn from Jeff's insights, and benefit from his experience to help you make the best of your Permit Scheme.

Learn more about Jeff and Permitting in this blogpost on the LGTAG website

Session 3

13.00-13.45 Busting congestion: delivering live road closure information to sat-nav 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, the Department for Transport Special Recognition award for 'Best use of Technology' at the Local Council Road Innovations Group's Strictly Highways event, and most recently the'Best use of Technology in the Highways Industry' award at this years Highways Awards, this coveted 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 what the next steps in deployment are. 

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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, which involves the public harnessing local resources and expertise to help their communities, is being recognised as an 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 did so via part-time study for a BSc, Hannah Budnitz do so by embarking on a PhD as part of a career shift, and James Gleave did so 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

Andy Perrin, Proving Services

We all know better collaboration and communication is key to better delivery and improved services.  We weave the words in to contracts, strategies and visions / values.  We spend innovation funds and training resources on finding ways to improve it. But it remains much easier said than done. 

Ashley Prior, Head of Highways at Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council shares his first hand experience of communication challenges hindering contract delivery.  And how he helped the Council and Balfour Beatty turn things around with the support of the Future Highways Research Group.  

Learn more about Ashley and Andy's session in this blogpost 

7 November

Session 6

12.15-13.00 What colour is your Umbrella? Climate change readiness

Dom Proud, LGTAG

Pete Boustred, Southampton City Council

Elodie Huiban, Institution of Civil Engineers

Felicia Jackson, Contented 

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, perceiving the particular political focus of the day, and figuring 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.  

Learn more about what Southampton City Council, LGTAG, the ICE and Contented are bringing to this session in this blogpost on the LGTAG website 

Session 7

13.15-14.00 Are we ready for an emergency?

Sarah Reeves, TRL 

John Lamb, LGTAG

Dom Donnini, 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. 

Learn more about Sarah, Dom and John, and get ready for this session with this LGTAG blogpost

Session 8

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 will enable you to learn from teams in local and national road authorities who have created predictive modelling tools to identify at-risk areas, and to explore the benefits of preventative measures and justify investment in them.

Learn more about Jon and Sarah, and the HIRAM and DeTECToR tools in the blogpost on the LGTAG website




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