Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

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


This conference will be an opportunity for stakeholders and policymakers to examine the future funding and development of the local road network, and what more should be done to ensure it is prepared for future challenges.

Timed to follow the Budget,  delegates will assess plans for a new pothole-filling programme as part of the National Infrastructure Strategy which are due to be released, with the conference taking place against a backdrop of government plans to invest £28.8bn in strategic and local roads.

Areas for discussion include:

  • Development of local roads, looking at:
    • Funding;
    • Focus;
    • The impact of devolution; and
    • Integration with active travel and public transport;
  • Maintenance and resilience - and preparing for the challenges of climate change; and
  • Intelligent mobility and its impact on local roads.


There will be a keynote contribution from Robert Catherall, Deputy Director, Local Infrastructure, Department for Transport.

Further speakers include:

  • Toby Hiles, Director of Strategic Partnerships, AppyWay;
  • Martin McTague, Policy and Advocacy Chairman, Federation of Small Businesses;
  • Pam Turton, Assistant Director, Transport, Portsmouth City Council; and
  • Senior speaker confirmed from the Asphalt Industry Alliance.

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
  • The future of the local road network: innovative approaches to road maintenance, climate resilience and future-proofing road design for technological advancements.

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