Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

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Next steps for road infrastructure and investment - strategic road network priorities | development of the Road Investment Strategy 3 | innovation and futureproofing | supporting growth and decarbonisation aims

August 2023

Price: £150 PLUS VAT

This conference focused on the next steps for road infrastructure, the strategic road network and the upcoming third road investment strategy.

It was an opportunity for key stakeholders and policymakers to assess Road Investment Strategy 2 as it enters its closing stages, lessons learned, what can be taken forward to maximise the potential of the Strategic Road Network, and priorities for RIS3.

We are pleased to have been able to include keynote sessions with David Buttery, Director of Roads Strategy, Department for Transport; Jonny Mood, Director, National Audit Office; and Katherine Beard, Director, Future Road Investment Strategy and Government Relations, National Highways.

Sessions in the agenda focused on:

  • update on RIS2 progress: efficiency and meeting goals - the impact of delays and cost - lessons for the development of RIS3
  • moving forward with RIS3: enabling efficient delivery of the forthcoming roads investment programme - progress so far - stakeholder priorities for its development - wider issues for road users
  • evidence base: considering technological developments and latest studies and data on ways of increasing capacity on the SRN into the upcoming RIS3
  • smart motorway schemes:
    • implications for future schemes following the scrapping of smart motorways
    • innovation and priorities for ensuring safety
  • future road development: preparing for emerging demands - challenges and opportunities - integrating ZEVs within the design of future transport and smart transport systems
  • integration with wider policy: impact on development of aims for decarbonisation, environmental protection and biodiversity net gain, as well as levelling up, productivity and economic growth

The conference was an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials from Defra; DfE; DfT; DLUHC; DSIT; GLD; GO-Science; HMRC; HM Treasury; House of Commons Library; NAO; Planning Inspectorate; and the Welsh Government.

This on-demand pack includes

  • A full video recording of the conference as it took place, with all presentations, Q&A sessions, and remarks from chairs
  • An automated transcript of the conference
  • Copies of the slides used to accompany speaker presentations (subject to permission
  • Access to on-the-day materials, including speaker biographies, attendee lists and the agenda