Conference on improving the UK road network

The RSMA is running a conference to address the widening gap between the condition of major roads and those maintained by local authorities.

The Road Safety Markings Association (RSMA) is holding a conference this month under its overarching banner of “National Highway Academy” to improve the UK road network. The “Highway Delivery: Integrating National and Local Roads” conference is a one-day event which will take place at the London Transport Museum in central London on Thursday 23rd June.

Attended by high profile figures from the Department for Transport (DfT), Highways England and other authorities as well as experts in transport planning and road network management, the even will be asking whether the widening gap which currently exists between a funded and ambitious national road network and a pot-holed, cash-strapped network of local authority roads can be bridged.

Industry consultant, Steve Kent, will chair the event and will examine the road network performance to date, economic pressures and trends for the future. He will deliver an account of the performance of Highways England and an analysis of the company’s first year of operation.

A vision created by former RAC Foundation chairman and transport visionary, David Quarmby CBE along with former road strategy specialist at the DfT, Phil Carey, will also be examined. This vision sees a future where the gap between national and local roads are bridged with a newly defined major road network stretching 8000 miles and which combines the existing strategic road network with those local authority roads which are deemed to be the most economically important.

The DfT will have representation at the event to address the economics of the road networks and Andy Everest of Transport for Greater Manchester will provide some insight into the way his organisation works alongside Highways England.

The cooperative working between local authorities and the private sector is expanded upon within the conference as well as the new trend for councils to move into county partnerships.

Commenting on the event and the opportunity it provides to interact with such an impressive array of speakers, Steve Kent said, “The conference has a clear focus on addressing the concerns of those leading the highway strategy in England. I would encourage those who wish to understand how our network can function in the future to attend.”

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