Thursday, April 3, 2014

Future of UK Highways Agency to be Discussed with Freight and Road Haulage Interests

July Sees London Seminar to Examine Strategic Road Investment and what's in Store for Infrastructure Management
Shipping News Feature

UK – Westminster Forum Projects (WFP), the private conglomeration of cross party forums which evolved from the original 1996 meeting of the Westminster Media Forum organised on behalf of the All-Party Parliamentary Media Group, and which now hosts sub divisions covering topics as widespread as health and nutrition to education, is to host a seminar on the future of the UK's strategic road network in the light of government announcements regarding future investment levels. With many representatives from the freight and road haulage sector giving keynote addresses it will give attendees a chance to hear the proposed future for the Highways Agency from the organisation’s Chief Executive.

Speakers will include the aforesaid CEO, Graham Dalton plus other industry worthies including Malcolm Bingham, Head of Road Network Management Policy at the Freight Transport Association (FTA), Greg Hartshorn, Director of Transport Policy & Strategy, Highways & Transportation, at project engineering group Atkins and the session will be chaired by two MP’s Jim Fitzpatrick MP from the Transport Committee and Christopher Chope Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Highway Maintenance.

The seminar is to concentrate on the work undertaken so far and the future of Britain’s strategic road network following the government’s announcement it has freed up £1.9 billion for improvements in 2014 in line with an undertaking to treble investment in this area by 2021, particularly in light of the government consultation which ran from October to December 2013, on transforming the Highways Agency into a government-owned company.

Delegates at the seminar will also consider how investment will be distributed nationally, planning issues involved in delivering new road schemes, as well as how best to integrate wider network expansion with transport infrastructure already in place or due to be built and the latest agenda can be seen here. The seminar will take place in Central London on Wednesday July 2 2014 starting at 08:30 with a scheduled finish at 13:00 and places can be booked here.