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Parking and Traffic Management: The Role of Local Authorities in Tackling Congestion in our Towns, Cities and Communities

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Earlier this year (February 2017), the Department for Transport (DfT) awarded nineteen councils across England government funding of between £50,000 to £300,000 each, based on their ideas to improve journeys through digital innovation.

Improving the parking experience through government funding of smart parking projects has potential benefits for both motorists and the wider economy - it can cut congestion, speed up journeys, clean up the environment and improve accessibility.

As local traffic authorities, councils have a statutory duty to manage their networks with the aim of ‘securing the expeditious movement of traffic’ and are providing innovative approaches to tackling congestion, whilst keeping in check the predicted levels of traffic growth.

In addition, the Local Government Association (LGA) recently published a report (August 2017), identifying congestion as a severe problem for economic development, quality of life and public health. The report also highlighted that councils are constrained by a lack of resources and powers to act.

With the DfT forecasting up to 55 per cent increase in traffic by 2040 and up to 85 per cent in congestion levels, and rising concerns from people about congestion in towns and cities. This timely Cephas Public Policy Communications symposium provides an invaluable opportunity for local authorities, central government and businesses to identify ways councils can work with government and industry to develop smart parking projects, whilst better managing and finding solutions for traffic growth, congestion and air quality problems.

Order of the day

09:30 Registration and Morning Refreshments

10:15 Chairs Introduction

10:30 Morning Presentations

Parking strategies

  • Explore the workplace parking levy and its potential impact on residents, commuters and businesses if implemented by more local transport authorities
  • Testing parking related initiatives - understanding diesel vehicle surcharging and its intended policy outcome
  • Pavement parking - discuss the pros and cons to banning pavement parking outside London
  • Parking payment methods – in addition to offering a variety of ways to pay for parking, what more can councils do to better serve the needs of local communities?
  • Case Study - Beyond parking payments: creating an effortless end-to-end experience

11:30 Morning Coffee Break

11:45 Open Floor Deliberation and Debate

12:45 Networking Lunch

13:30 Afternoon Presentations

The Role of Local Authorities in Tackling Congestion in our Towns, Cities and Communities
  • Smart Traffic Management Schemes – learn how councils are improving journeys, parking in city centres and cutting congestion through digital innovation
  • How to effectively manage and enforce clean air and low emission zones
  • Consider the steps local authorities can take to increase the number of bus journeys in the UK
  • How can councils better use data to maximise the efficiency of transport systems and find innovative ways to tackle traffic jams
  • Roadworks innovation - finding ways to co-ordinate roadworks more effectively
  • Share ideas on how councils could do more to tackle the congestion problem and review potential barriers such as lack of powers, insufficient influence over funding and other elements outside of their control

14:30 Afternoon Coffee Break

14:45 Open Floor Deliberation and Debate

15:45 Chair’s Closing Remarks and Networking Reception

16:30 Close

Who should attend?

Please note the below list is not exclusive, therefore do not be discouraged from attending this event if your organisation or job title is not listed below.

  • Local Authority Parking and Traffic Management Teams
  • Road Hauliers
  • Delivery Companies
  • Traffic Signs and Signalling Providers
  • Police
  • Civil Enforcement Officers
  • Transport Police
  • Local Authority Traffic Managers
  • Highway Maintenance Leads
  • Public Transport Officers
  • Infrastructure Officers
  • Highway Network Managers
  • Councillors
  • Intelligent Travel Managers
  • Traffic and Design Managers
  • Transport Planners
  • Community Safety Managers
  • Parking Management Contractors
  • Town Centre Managers
  • Road Safety Managers
  • Public Service Transport Operators
  • Transport Consultants
  • Traffic Commissioners
  • Deputy Traffic Commissioners
  • Utilities Companies
  • Goods Vehicle Operators
  • Transport Managers
  • Bus and Coach Operators
  • Emergency Service Professionals
  • Local Government Environmental Specialists
  • Senior Project Officers – Sustainable Travel
  • Transport, Access and Safety Leads
  • Blue Badge Operators
  • Transport Entitlement Officers
  • Operational Service Planning Managers
  • Parking and Business Service Teams
  • Transport Planning and Review Officers
  • Directors of Economy and Environment
  • Principal Transport Officers
  • Passenger Transport Authorities
  • Quality Monitoring Managers
  • Transport and Procurement Managers
  • Sustainable Travel Managers
  • Patient Transport Managers
  • Community Transport Services
  • Rural Transport Groups

Event Properties

Event Date 28-02-2018 9:30 am
Event End Date 28-02-2018 4:30 pm
Broadway House, Westminster
Broadway House
Broadway House, Westminster

Pricing Guide

Central Government Departments and Executive Agencies, NDPBs Local Authority, Public Education Bodies, Police, Fire Services and NHS Bodies, National Charity, Regional Charity Local Charity and Voluntary Organisations, Community Organisations


1 Place £375

2+ Places £325 each


1 Place £285

2+ Places £255 each


1 Place £185

2+ Places £165 each

Private Sector

1 place £950



Cllr Rachel Eden, ACMA, Director, Holy Brook Associates, Local Government Association, Reading Borough Council

John Elliott, Communications Officer and Vice Chair, National Transport Committee, The Local Government Technical Advisers Group (TAG)

Spencer Palmer, Director, Transport and Mobility, London Councils

Sue Flack, Consultant, Former Director of Planning and Transport at Nottingham City Council

Cllr Anthony Clarke, Bath and North East Somerset Council

Peter O’Driscoll, UK Country Manager, Parkmobile Group

Stephen Wise, Senior Transport Planner, ‎Reading Borough Council

Dave Richmond, CEO, Videalert Limited

Ruth Anderson, Lead Technologist, Connected & Autonomous Vehicles and Infrastructure, Oxfordshire County Council

Finn Kelly, Project and City Finance Lead, Future Cities Catapult

Anthony Eskinazi, CEO, JustPark

Background Context

“…I am also pleased to announce today that we are funding 19 smart traffic management schemes including smart parking demonstrator schemes in Coventry, Luton, Milton Keynes and Oxfordshire - as well as a partnership project between Hounslow, Hammersmith and Fulham, and Westminster, which looks to improve electric vehicle parking…

“The way we travel continues to change, and technology has a valuable role to play through co-operative intelligent transport systems…”

Andrew Jones MP, February 2017

“…If traffic isn’t managed effectively, congestion on our streets can lead to stalled growth and productivity, and worse still, toxic air and reduced quality of life. The cost will continue to rise if we do nothing. It is estimated that congestion will cost the economy £307 billion between 2013 to 2030…”

Local Government Association (LGA) report, August 2017

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