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Improving the Condition of Our Roads: Repairing Potholes and other Road Surface Defects

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Road Victims Trust

The Road Victims Trust is a registered charity that provides free emotional and practical support to all persons affected by a road death in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire. Established Service Level Agreements with the 3 County Police Forces mean that details of all fatal road collisions are referred to the Trust. The Trust then contact individuals who may require support.

The Trust offer a bespoke Counselling service for as long as is needed to the bereaved families, friends, witnesses, work colleagues and drivers. This support is available for as long as is needed. The support is provided by a team of highly trained Counselling Volunteers under the supervision of a small team of Coordinators. Each year the Trust supports in excess of 500 across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire.


The extreme cold weather earlier this year will lead to more potholes on UK roads according to the RAC, with its quarterly Pothole Index showing that RAC patrols attended 11% more breakdowns in the last quarter of 2017 attributed to potholes than in the same period in 2016, the RAC estimates the cost to drivers at approximately £100 million a year in expensive repairs to vehicles.

Furthermore, charity Cycling UK claim latest figures reveal a clear upward trend of people being killed or seriously injured while cycling due to the ‘shocking state’ of our roads. According to the Asphalt Industry Alliance's (AIA) annual ALARM roads survey 2017, local authorities will need more than £12 billion to successfully upgrade the network and arrest the decline of local roads. 

In addition, the Local Government Association (LGA) have repeated the AIA’s calls, believing long-term and consistent investment in local road maintenance will allow councils to begin the widespread improvement needed for our roads.

In response, the Government has said it is investing £23 billion on roads in England and over £6 billion capital funding to local highway authorities in England, outside London, for local highways maintenance between 2015/16 and 2020/21 (including £296 million through the pothole action fund). The Department for Transport (DfT) has further highlighted the Government’s commitment to making roads safer for everyone including cyclists. 

This timely Cephas Public Policy Communications symposium provides an invaluable opportunity for key staff who work at all levels across local authority highway departments and teams, management professionals, road user groups and other key stakeholders to discuss the latest government thinking on tackling potholes.  The symposium will also examine the wider impact on jobs, businesses and economic benefits gained from a more robust and resilient local road network.


Order of the Day

09:15 Registration and Morning Refreshments

10:15 Chairs Introduction

10:30 Morning Presentations

  • Latest in DfT funding, news and approach to fix potholes and improve the condition of roads
  • Learn about the Cycle Rail scheme and connected vehicle data funding
  • Review the latest RAC findings on potholes and roads degradation
  • Consider the key findings of the 2018 AIA Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance Survey (ALARM)

11:30 Morning Coffee Break

11:45 Open Floor Deliberation and Debate

12:45 Networking Lunch

13:30 Afternoon Presentations

  • Highways England’s intelligent network of the future - discuss the future vision of Highways England to increasingly use technology towards improving road maintenance and safety
  • Do we have currently the right metric for the condition of our highway infrastructure?
  • Examine the call for government to reinvest 2 pence per litre of existing fuel duty into local road maintenance and its likely impact
  • Share knowledge and experience of the impact on UK roads from extreme weather conditions

14:30 Afternoon Coffee Break

14:45 Open Floor Deliberation and Debate

15:45 Chair’s Closing Remarks 

16:00 Close


Who Should Attend?

•    Local Highway Authorities/Local Government
•    Local Authority Road Maintenance Professionals
•    Local Authority Highway Maintenance Engineers and Managers
•    Highway Maintenance Leads
•    Technical Services Professionals
•    Technical Advisers Groups
•    Environmental Services
•    Planning, Transportation and Engineering Personnel
•    Road Management Professionals
•    Road Safety Professionals
•    Road Policing Professionals
•    Traffic Management Personnel
•    Economy Professionals
•    Surveyors
•    Sustainable Travel Managers
•    Community Transport Services
•    Rural Transport Groups
•    Transport Advisory Groups
•    Materials Engineers
•    Specialist Contractors
•    Lead, Principle and Independent Consultants
•    Utility Companies
•    National Highways & Transport Network Personnel
•    Road Haulage Organisations
•    Goods Vehicle Operators
•    Transport Managers
•    Emergency Service Professionals
•    Traffic Signs and Signalling Providers
•    Transport, Access and Safety Leads
•    Operational Service Planning Managers
•    Transport Planning & Review Officers
•    Highway Network Managers
•    Traffic and Design Managers
•    Vehicle Recovery Operators
•    Motoring Services
•    Civil Enforcement Officers
•    Bus and Coach Operators
•    Emergency Service Professionals
•    Cyclists’ Interest Groups and Clubs
•    Road Surface Organisations and Associations
•    Public Service Transport Operators
•    Third Sector (Charities/Voluntary Organisations/Social Enterprises)
•    Trade Associations/Unions
•    Special Interest Groups
•    Freight Transport Organisations
•    Pavement Management Organisations
•    Relevant Central Government Departments
•    Academics
•    Private Sector

Event Properties

Event Date 11-07-2018 9:30 am
Event End Date 11-07-2018 4:30 pm
Central Government Departments and Executive Agencies, NDPBs Register Now
Local Authority, Public Education Bodies, Police, Fire Services and NHS Bodies, National Charity, Regional Charity Register Now
Local Charity and Voluntary Organisations, Community Organisations Register Now
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


Speaker line-up

Steve Berry OBE, Head of Highways Maintenance, Department for Transport
Ramesh Sinhal, Pavement Team Leader, Highways England
Cllr Peter Thornton, Local Government Association, from the LGA Environment, Economy, Housing and Transport Board
Trevor Collet, Past President Local Government Technical Advisors Group (LGTAG) & Asset Data Manager, Kier Highways
Malcolm Simms, Director, Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA)
David Bizley, Chief engineer, RAC
Cllr Rachel Eden, ACMA, Director, Holy Brook Associates, Reading Borough Council
£375.00 9999
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CEPHAS Public Policy Communications Ltd
Comer business & innovation centre
Building 3
North London business park
Oakleigh Rd South N11 1GN