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Transport and Infrastructure

CIVILS 2005 - Conference

Morning Conference Session

Programme 9.15 Registration and refreshments 9.45 Opening address from the chair Antony Oliver, editor, New Civil Engineer 9.50 Transport strategy, the highways sector and funding priorities l The Department for Transport's overall strategy l Funding levels and decision making l Implications of the new journey reliability target for the Highways Agency l Progress on the targeted programme of improvements l Other priority measures to reduce congestion Richard Eastman, divisional director, Highways Agency 10.20 Panel session: Are we going to continue spending on increased highway capacity or make better use of existing infrastructure?

l Understanding the links between transport investment, development and growth l Ways of influencing demand including the perceived and actual quality of alternatives l Making best use of funds l Assessing the reality of alternatives l Lessons learnt from past projects and where money can be better spent Richard Eastman, divisional director, Highways Agency Peter Batts, managing director, highways services, May Gurney Tom Cohen, principal consultant, Steer Davies Gleave Ian Williams, technical director, policy and research, WSP Civils 11.05 Refreshments 11.20 New developments in the Traffic Management Act l Outlining the Traffic Management Act as it pertains to local authorities and the highways y l Understanding the programme for implementing the Act l Highlighting the implications for the highways industry l Addressing the key opportunities and challenges that may arise Mike Talbot, head of traffic management division, Department for Transport 11.40 Panel session: Developing a consistent approach to network and traffic management l The Traffic Management Act's network management duty as a catalyst for action l Addressing past inconsistencies in traffic management, budgeting and customer tions l A timeframe for implementing traffic management systems l Evaluating the available technologies and alternatives of traffic control l Highlighting a strategy for moving forward Mike Talbot, head of traffic management division, Department for Transport Chris Connor, development director, highways, Mouchel Parkman Roger Elphick, head of highway management services, Durham County Council;

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