Updated Programme Announced

Tackling winter challenges with more effective and efficient delivery

Cold Comfort - At the heart of the winter maintenance debate for over 25 years.

Cold Comfort delivers the very best case studies, technical session and discussion and debate with the aim of empowering local authorities and their private sector partners with the latest understanding and knowledge of all the latest issues affecting the winter service sector in the UK.

The 2018 conference programme will reflect the demand for a greater understanding of how to manage extreme weather events, including unique insights into the strategic planning, implementation and delivery of projects that have taken place in the UK, delivered by those with first-hand experience of the challenges and opportunities they bring.

View the updated programme and speaker line-up 

Participating speakers include representatives from organisations including
A-one+, Atkins, Department for Transport (DfT), Devon County Council, Hertfordshire County Council, Highways England, Network Rail, NWSRG, The Ricoh Arena, Salt Association, Somerset County Council, Suffolk Highways and The Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute.

Key topics for 2018 will include:   

• An update on the new winter service guidance and some of the key areas of change

• Methods for evaluating winter service delivery and maintenance of cycle paths

• Managing winter strategies on the rail network

• Supply and demand: the story behind the production and movement of salt around the UK

• Working with local authorities to develop more sustainable flood strategies

• A risk based approach to winter: a sector update

• A new direction: Implementing changes and new strategies following the introduction of the 'Well-managed Highway Infrastructure' Code of Practice


Exhibitors Include


To download a copy of the Cold Comfort 2018 brochure containing the updated programme and speaker listings click here.

Click here to download the 2018 floorplan

“From our perspective on the Western stand, we were mindful of this being our 6th exhibition at Cold Comfort, However, yet again, you managed to attract not only a large number of delegates, but also key (purchasing) decision makers, providing us with fantastic brand promotion and selling opportunities within the Winter Service Sector. This is even more impressive given the lack of decent snow in recent years! Thanks for all your efforts, and for providing a great exhibition."
Managing Director, Integrity Enterprises Ltd

“It was a fantastic conference from my perspective. I really enjoyed the roundtable discussion, and found it extremely interesting. I can't even count how many excellent conversations I had following my presentation!”
Maintenance Superintendant, Village of Buffalo Grove, Ilinois

“I really enjoyed attending Cold Comfort 2017, I have not been to Cold Comfort for a few years and found it to be one of the best I’ve attended. There were some very interesting and informative speakers which invoked good discussions and provided lots of useful information. The conference provided an excellent opportunity to find out about what others are doing, what innovations are out there as well as an opportunity to network with other local authorities and meet contractors.”
Assistant Network Manager, Hertfordshire County Council