Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

Future of England’s road network: investment, planning and local connectivity

Morning, Wednesday, 12th December 2018

Central London


This seminar will be a timely opportunity for key policymakers and stakeholders to discuss priorities for England’s strategic and major road network, as DfT officials prepare the final version of the second Road Investment Strategy (RIS2) for publication, followed by the Strategic Business Plan and Delivery Plan.

Delegates will examine how the road network can keep up with changes in demand, including demographic and usage changes, and the transition to smart motorways - in the context of Highways England’s Strategic Road Network Initial Report, that outlined plans to reduce emissions and prepare England’s roads for more electric and autonomous vehicles.

With proposals to create a Major Road Network and the Transport Select Committee conducting its inquiry into local roads funding and governance, further sessions will assess the future role for sub-national transport bodies, combined authorities and local government in the delivery of new road transport schemes and reducing congestion, as well as construction and funding challenges for the future.

Guest of Honour

Jim O’Sullivan

Chief Executive Officer, Highways England

Guest of Honour

Jim O’Sullivan

Chief Executive Officer, Highways England

Keynote Speakers

James Haluch

Managing Director, Highways, Amey

Senior speaker confirmed from the Office of Rail and Road


Rt Hon the Lord Whitty

Chair, Road Safety Foundation


Guy Dangerfield

Head, Transport User Strategy, Transport Focus

Pam Turton

Assistant Director, Transport, Environment and Business Support, Portsmouth City Council

Malcolm Bingham

Head of Road Network Management Policy, Freight Transport Association

Peter Molyneux

Major Roads Director, Transport for the North

Chris Jackson

Head of Transport, Burges Salmon

Professor David Metz

Honorary Professor, Centre for Transport Studies, University College London

Dr Beth Conlan

Modelling, Mapping & Assessments Business Manager, Ricardo Energy and Environment

Clive Southwell

Consultant, Allego