Programme at a glance

A new event aimed at debating and discussing how ITS strategies and technology can help solve challenges on the road network will bring together all the relevant stakeholders involved with planning, managing and delivering change.

The aim of this CPD accredited one-day thought leadership style event, hosted by Bristol City Council, is to focus on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) and its use in all areas of the highways and transport sector – particularly its role in helping solve some of the most challenging issues on the network today, but also helping create sustainable and long-term opportunities on the road network as well.

The Summit will look beyond the benefits of Intelligent Transport Systems to examining the barriers to implementation. Delegates will discuss why, despite there being many great technology solutions available, they don’t reach implementation.

The programme includes leading figures at a range of UK transport authorities, including the Department for Transport, Transport for London, Highways England, Transport Scotland, Traffic Wales and Northern Ireland’s Department for Infrastructure who will discuss how technology projects are prioritised and funded.

There will also be a major Oxford-style debate on the importance of driverless cars, with supporters and sceptics discussing whether they really should receive the focus and money they are currently enjoying, or whether there are more deserving ITS solutions which should be prioritised. You will hear from two giants of global ITS – Kirk Steudle of Michigan DOT and Cees de Wijs, the CEO of Dynniq and former Chairman of ERTICO – ITS Europe. The Summit will also feature discussions about smart motorways, the environment and MaaS and a case study from our hosts, Bristol City Council.

08.30 - 09.30   Registration and coffee

09.30 - 09.40   Welcome address, Steve Norris, President, ITS (UK)

09.40 - 10.00   Representative from Bristol City Council

10.00 - 10.30   Keynote address, Kirk Steudle, Director, Michigan DOT  

10.30 - 10.45 - Jackie Davies, Principle UTMC Engineer, Bristol City Council 

10.45 - 11.00   Morning Coffee Break

11.00 - 12.30   Turning ideas into implementation discussion – a discussion among budget holders taking audience questions and examples of whether procurement processes and budget pressures may be stopping the implementation of technology to improve mobility and is there a better way without affecting fairness or cost?

Chairman - Paul Hutton, Editor, SMART Highways Magazine

Speakers include:
Anthony Ferguson, Deputy Director, Traffic and Technology, Department for Transport
Joanna White, Head of Intelligent Transport Systems Research, Highways England
Glynn Barton, Director of Network Management, TfL
Andrew Davidson, National Operations Manager, Transport Scotland
Simon Jones, Director, Economic Infrastructure, Welsh Government
Kirk Steudle, Director, Michigan Department of Transportation
Stuart Mission,
Category Lead - Technology Products and Services (Strategy), Crown Commercial Services 

12.30 - 13.30   Lunch

13.30 - 14.20   Driverless cars – heroes or villains  
“This House believes that driverless vehicles are the biggest opportunity for a step change in mobility and therefore it is right that resources and investment are channelled towards them”      

Chairman - Andy Graham, Owner, White Willow Consulting

Speakers include:
Christian Wolmar, Journalist, anti
Steve Gooding, Director, RAC Foundation, anti
Giles Perkins, Future Mobility, Technical Director, WSP, pro
Tony Pipe, Deputy Director of Bristol Robotics Laboratory, University of West of England, pro

14.20 - 14.40   What the public think – a small session about the public’s knowledge, or lack, of ITS

14.40 - 15.00   Afternoon Coffee Break

15.00 - 16.00   A series of 15 minute slots on a variety of issues including: 
Smart motorways, Paul Wilson, Network Technology Director, Kier

MaaS, Dave Powell, Head of ITS, Cubic

Delivering ITS in Rural locations

16.00 - 16.30   Closing remarks, Ian Patey, Head of Professional, ITS, WSP and Chairman, ITS (UK)

16.30  Final thank you and farewell, Jennie Martin, Secretary General, ITS (UK) 

Jennie Martin, secretary general at ITS (UK)
said: ‘This is not just another conference; this is a meeting of the finest minds in highways and transport as well as ITS, to discuss and examine the issues around implementing the great technology we have. We will have lively debate and knowledge sharing, and not an endless round of Powerpoint presentations. Our old conference fizzled out because it wasn’t offering anything different in a crowded market. I can promise this event will be like no other and really underlines our role as the voice of transport technology in the UK.’

Adrian Tatum, events producer and head of content at Transport Network said: ‘We are delighted to have this opportunity to bring together all the key stakeholders in the sector including ITS professionals-both from the public and private sector, ITS companies and similar organisations, as well as the wider highways sector, to debate and discuss the latest thinking and challenges on the network to highlight how use of ITS strategies and technology could help solve them. This summit will attempt to break down the barriers to ITS delivery to help drive change on the road network.’