Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

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Next steps for developing England’s road network and the safe use of smart highways

Morning, Friday, 8th October 2021

***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference will focus on priorities for England’s road network, and consider what is needed for project infrastructure delivery, regional road modernisation, and utilising innovative technology for smart motorway solutions.

This will be a timely opportunity to discuss recent developments and next steps, with the seminar taking place following the publication of the Government’s Road Investment Strategy 2 (RIS2): 2020-2025, and Highways England’s first year progress report on smart motorways stocktake, which sets out progress made so far on the 18 recommendations of the Smart motorway safety evidence stocktake and action plan.

Delegates will also be able to evaluate latest thinking around broader policy developments - such as the National Infrastructure Strategy and the Union Connectivity Review - and how these dovetail with priorities for England’s road network and smart highways.

We are pleased to be able to include keynote contributions from Nick Harris, Acting Chief Executive Officer, Highways England; and Feras Alshaker, Deputy Director, Highways, Office of Rail and Road.

The agenda will bring out latest thinking on:

  • priorities for road network policy across England and delivering the Road Investment Strategy 2
  • next steps for overcoming barriers to smart highway safety and efficiency
  • addressing regional divides in road infrastructure connectivity and quality
  • latest thinking on boosting Major Road Network (MRN) links to the Strategic Road network (SRN)
  • factoring decarbonisation into road network lifecycle development, and preparing infrastructure for increased public transport and electric vehicle use


Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by officials from Defra; the Department for Transport; the National Infrastructure Commission; and the Welsh Government. Also due to attend are representatives from Kier Highways and Siemens Mobility.

Press passes have been reserved by representatives from Construction News; Fleet News; and Highways Magazine.

Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government and regulatory officials involved in this area of policy,  as well as from road and highway maintenance groups, construction and engineering firms, infrastructure developers, road vehicle stakeholders, legal and consultancy firms, environmental bodies, local authorities, passenger groups, academics and commentators, together with reporters from the national and specialist media.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording and transcript to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

Keynote Speakers

Feras Alshaker

Deputy Director, Highways, Office of Rail and Road

Nick Harris

Acting Chief Executive Officer, Highways England

Ben Foulser

Director, Infrastructure Advisory Practice and Infrastructure Advisory Future Mobility, KPMG


Guy Dangerfield

Director of Strategy, Transport Focus

David Tucker

Chair, Transport Policy Unit, Federation of Small Businesses