May conference examines delivery of UK highways

The RSMA is holding its Highway Delivery – Integrating National and Local Roads conference next month to examine current performance and future trends.

Held as part of the Road Safety Markings Association’s (RSMA) “National Highway Academy Events” programme, the Highway Delivery: Integrating National and Local Roads conference will take place on Thursday, 26th May at the Institution of Civil Engineers’ premises at 1 Great George Street in London and follows on from the RSMA’s Highways Health and Safety event that took place at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre in February this year.

The theme of this year’s event is the state of the nations roads, their performance so far, the economic pressures that are currently being brought to bear and the trends for the future.

A top-ranking list of speakers at the event will engage delegates on a range of topical themes relating to the UK road construction industry and will include the Department for Transport’s (DfT) Director of Strategic Roads, Economics and Statistics, Paul O’Sullivan, who will provide insight into the economics of the country’s road network infrastructure.

Joining Paul will be Guy Dangerfield from Transport Focus speaking on the performance and targets of Highways England as well as the impact of direct contracting on the Highway construction and maintenance industry.

The conceptual boundaries between national and local roads are also explored in a number of ways with local-authority management of a new network of 3600 miles of major roads coming under scrutiny. Professor David Quarmby and Dr Phil Carey will talk on this topic.

Steve Berry of the DfT is scheduled to cover the new highways maintenance capital funding self-assessment process for local authorities.

Delegates will have the opportunity to have their say on the integration of the country’s road network during a panel discussion at the end of the event.

Expecting a full event, the RSMA is urging potential delegates to register for the event as early as possible to ensure they one of the limited 100 places available.

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