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Routes to value

Making the road network more efficient is a key theme in the build up to the Comprehensive Spending Review. Find out how it can happen at the Infrastructure Show’s Roads Hub.

With car ownership rising, congestion strangling towns and looming cuts to the Department for Transport’s budget, road infrastructure will continue to be a high priority in the new austerity era.

The UK’s civil engineering community will gather at the Infrastructure Show’s Road Hub to hear about the latest news and technology from those involved in highway construction, operation and maintenance.

Costain and Transport for London, among others, will host seminars on the future of Britain’s highways.
The inaugural Infrastructure Show at the NEC, Birmingham, will bring together some of the UK’s leading contractors and consultants with combined orders of £57bn in road, rail, airports and utilities.

“Events at the Roads Hub will explore whether roads can deliver better value for money and whether we can reduce dependence on roads”

The theme of the show is “Smarter infrastructure for the new economy” and events at the Roads Hub will examine whether roads projects can better deliver value for money. An investigation into how and whether maintenance and sustainability can be improved and if the industry can reduce its dependence on the road network for travel will also form part of the programme.

Highlights of the packed three day seminar programme include:

  • Derek Drysdale, divisional director, lean improvement, Highways Agency - Deploying lean thinking in UK roads
  • Adam Green, managing director of infrastructure, Carillion - Delivering better value for the UK’s roads - faster, better value, safer highways
  • Tim Bowen, highways director, Costain - Which measures can minimise disruption in widening and maintenance projects?
  • Stephen Thomson, head of environment and sustainability, Transport Scotland - Developing a carbon management system for transport infrastructure. Influencing design, procurement, construction and maintenance decision making
  • Keith Firth, director of traffic engineering, Colin Buchanan - Case study: Counterintuitive thinking in city planning: How turning off traffic lights has decreased congestion and generated/saved £100,000 per junction
  • The NCE-sponsored “More for Less” debate featuring Costain’s Tim Bowen, Garry Sterritt, asset investment manager at Transport for London and Paul O’Day, infrastructure manager at Birmingham City Council. Chaired by NCE editor Antony Oliver, the panel will discuss topics such as value for money, safety and work efficiency. Visitors will also be able to ask the panel questions.

The Infrastructure Show is a major part of the BEST (Built Environment Solutions and Technologies) event, which replaces Interbuild Specifier.
It will show how to achieve best practice that minimises cost, increases efficiency and reduces environmental impact.
The Infrastructure Show is taking place at the NEC, Birmingham between 18 and 20 October.Exhibitors continue to sign up. So far they include Topcon, Vinci, Costain, EC Harris, Kosran, JDP, Lafarge, Macrete, Fisher Fixings, Celsa Steel, Apollo Cradles, RMD Kwikform and Ergon Structural Concrete.

  • Entry to the Infrastructure Show is free to those who register in advance using priority code ENCR at

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