18 May 2023 | Collaboration | Our Work

LCRIG to form part of Traffex conference agenda

Paula Claytonsmith, Director of Government and Strategy at the Local Council Roads Innovation Group (LCRIG), will deliver a presentation entitled ‘Transport for All’ at this year’s Traffex event.

Taking place at the Birmingham NEC from 6-8 June 2023, Traffex is the UK’s largest dedicated traffic management, transport and parking event.

Connecting forward-thinking innovators with central government, local authorities and the traffic and mobility supply chain, the event has been at the centre of the traffic and transport industry for many years.

Paula will be talking about the research work LCRIG is doing with Innovate UK, the Department for Transport (DfT), and the Transport Technology Forum (TTF), specifically highlighting the work of the Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) project, learnings to date and how decarbonised transport systems will also need to be inclusive.

She will deliver this session on the Highways Strategy stage at 2pm on Thursday 8 June. Earlier on the same day (12 noon) and on the same stage, Paula will form part of a panel discussion entitled ‘Delivering social value’ where she will be joined by Mark Kemp, Immediate Past President of ADEPT and Joe Wilkes, Head of Procurement and Framework Management, National Highways. The session will be chaired by Highways Magazine Editor Dominic Browne.

Darren Capes, Manager of the Transport Technology Forum (TTF) and ITS Policy Lead, DfT will be delivering presentations entitled ‘Traffic signal maintenance’ and ‘Introducing the Manual for Smart Streets’.

Darren’s session on ‘Introducing the Manual for Smart Streets’ will be delivered in the Local Roads Theatre on Tuesday 6 June at 3.35pm.

The DfT has recently produced guidance on the procurement and use of technology by road authorities. Working with the Connected Places Catapult, it has released the first issue of the Manual for Smart Streets (MfSS), an interactive web resource hosted by the Transport Technology Forum. Visit the TTF website here to find out more.

Darren will outline the aims of the project and the ways in which MfSS and the wider support from TTF can assist in the use of new and emerging technologies to meet the operational and policy challenges the sector faces.

On Wednesday 7 June, Darren will talk about traffic signal maintenance in the Local Roads Theatre at 10.30am. In 2021, the DfT issued a challenge to local authorities to bid for funding to upgrade traffic signals. This funding allocation, of £15m was innovative in the way it challenged authorities to think not only about the immediate needs maintaining their assets but also the longer term aims of technology.

Now the programme has completed, Darren will offer an assessment of its success and the degree it has achieved its aims of improving traffic signal equipment in England and help local authorities to prepare for the future. He will also discuss the DfT’s view of this programme and its likely impact on future funding opportunities.

You can register to attend the event for free here.

The Local Council Roads Innovation Group (LCIRG) and the Transport Technology Forum (TTF) will be exhibiting at the event. Come and visit us on stands F52 and F53.

LCRIG members with a presence at this year’s event include; ARTSM, Coeval, IHE, Marston Holdings, Meon, NAL, Now Wireless, Re-Flow, Roadside Technologies, Route Reports, SRL, StarTraq, Swarco, RSTA and Yunex.

Picture – Traffex 2022.