Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

The future of local roads - funding, development and climate resilience

Morning, Tuesday, 21st April 2020

Central London


This conference examines the future funding and development of the local road network, and what more should be done to ensure it is best prepared for future challenges.

It is timed to follow the Budget, where plans for a new pothole-filling programme as part of the National Infrastructure Strategy are due to be released and takes place in the context of Government plans to invest £28.8bn in strategic and local roads.

Areas for discussion include:

  • Developing local roads - funding, focus, the impact of devolution, and integration with active travel and public transport;
  • The future for maintenance and resilience, and preparing for the challenges of climate change; and
  • The impact of intelligent mobility on local roads.


At this early stage we are pleased to include a keynote address from a senior representative from Department for Transport - with further a contribution from Martin McTague, Policy and Advocacy Chairman, Federation of Small Businesses.

The agenda

  • Funding and maintenance priorities for local roads;
  • Priorities for road users, reducing congestion and boosting local connectivity;
  • Supporting investment in the local road network and ensuring value for money;
  • Developing local roads: improving cooperation across local and national government, connecting with public transport systems and supporting economic growth;
  • City region transport networks, improving integration between strategic and local roads and meeting changing demand; and
  • Tackling key challenges for the future of the local road network: innovative approaches to road maintenance, enhancing climate resilience and future proofing road design for technological advancements.

Keynote Speaker

Senior speaker confirmed from the Department for Transport


Martin McTague

Policy and Advocacy Chairman, Federation of Small Businesses

Pam Turton

Assistant Director, Transport, Portsmouth City Council