Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

Conferences that are scheduled to take place before September will be conducted online.
The format will mirror physical conferences organised by the Forum with speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish.
The conferences will be chaired and there will be opportunities for delegate questions and comments.
We will be contacting all participants in advance of each conference with full information and guidance on how to take part.
There will be some exceptions where conferences will be postponed, for instance those that would largely involve key stakeholders in the NHS or emergency services.
All participants affected by this will be informed as soon as possible.
If you’d like to speak to us over the phone about any booking-related queries, please call one of the following numbers: +44 (0)7951044809 / +044 (0)7503591880 / +44 (0)7538736244

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


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

Stakeholders and policymakers will at this conference will examine the way forward for funding and development of the local road network, and what more should be done to ensure it is prepared for future challenges.

They will also discuss how local transport links are being prioritised in the Government’s ambitious infrastructure policy programme, and key issues for implementation.

Key areas for discussion:

  • How best to utilise additional funding made available for local transport systems and where it should be directed, including the:
    • £2.4bn Transforming Cities Fund - partly devolved to city regions and metro mayors;
    • planned £350m Cycling Infrastructure Fund - and whether more needs to be done to improve the integration of the network with active travel and public transport systems;
    • recently announced pledge to spend £5b on new bus and cycling infrastructure across the UK;
    • new rural mobility fund, which aims to invest £20m into rural on-demand bus services; and
    • £30m fund for local authorities from central government, to improve current bus services and expand bus networks in 2020/21.
  • Delivery  - looking at practical aspects, including:
    • governance and co-ordination across local authorities;
    • funding allocation; and
    • use of innovative approaches to road financing and maintenance.
  • Maintenance - how to improve resilience, looking at enhanced maintenance, repair techniques, and reporting methods; and
  • Future local roads - priorities for development including road design, and use of data and intelligent mobility systems - and changes needed for electric and autonomous vehicles.

Developments that are relevant to the discussion:

It takes place with:

  • The Government’s policy focus on infrastructure development and levelling up UK regions - and ahead of the planned Infrastructure Strategy;
  • Government plans to improve road journeys with investment of £28.8bn in local and strategic roads;
  • Plans to provide £93.4m to local authorities to tackle pinch points within local road networks;
  • Growing focus across government on preparing for the impact of climate change, with the Committee on Climate Change’s latest progress report setting out the need to better prepare infrastructure, including local roads.

The agenda:

  • Funding and maintenance priorities for local roads;
  • Developing and maintaining the road network: a local authority perspective;
  • Priorities for road users, reducing congestion and boosting local connectivity;
  • Developing and delivering a city-wide public transport strategy;
  • Supporting investment in the local road network and ensuring value for money;
  • Integrating active travel systems and supporting economic growth;
  • City region road networks, improving stakeholder collaboration, and approaches to decarbonisation; and
  • Tackling key challenges for the future of the local road network - climate, design and adapting to changes in road vehicles and usage.

Policy officials attending

Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stake holders. Places have been reserved by officials from the Department for Transport; the Office of Rail and Road;  the Planning Inspectorate; and the Department for International Trade.

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

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording 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
  • 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

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates