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Wednesday, May 22, 2024


DfT Update and Look Ahead

10:30 - 11:00

Winter Maintenance Insights from the Netherlands: Innovation in Organisation and Technology

11:00 - 11:25 Maintenance
  • How winter maintenance is organised on national highways in the Netherlands.
  • How the Netherlands implements new technologies like car data and AI in day-to-day road winter maintenance.

Exhibition & Networking

11:30 - 12:00

Planning for Future Winters: Formulating an Updated Approach, Salt Strategy, and Delivering Sustainable Winter Service

12:00 - 12:25 Maintenance
  • Considering our Net Zero journey in a winter maintenance environment.
  • Our salt strategy.
  • Adapting our severe weather service.
  • Developing our R&D programme.
  • Adapting for climate change – snowblower replacement.

Connecting the Dots

12:30 - 12:55 Connected Vehicles
  • There are many emerging ITS services and systems available now for all road users (not just new cars).
  • These can make roads safer and give all road users better services, and connected vehicle data is now the norm.
  • Services are about to leap from the test track to roads.


13:00 - 14:00

Highways Awards Winner: Waltham Forest Council’s Flood and Water Management Strategy

14:00 - 14:25 Maintenance
  • A holistic approach to flood and water management in a busy London Borough.
  • Ranging from building flood resilience within communities to building major SuDS programme.
  • Embedding sustainable design.

Resilience and Adaptation to Extreme Weather Conditions in the Highways Sector

14:30 - 14:55 Maintenance

This presentation will give an overview of the new CIHT project, supported by the new National Hub for Decarbonised, Adaptable, and Resilient Transport Infrastructures (DARe), on resilience and adaptation to extreme weather events of the UK road infrastructure, focusing particularly on:  

  • the challenges posed by ageing structures and the increasing frequency and severity of extreme weather events. 
  • good practice of design, implementation and construction processes that allow the road infrastructure to respond to emergencies, recover asset conditions and reduce future risks associated with extreme weather events.
  • building a call for investing in maintaining, renewing and adapting our roads to extreme weather.

Snowblowers – A National Highways Procurement

15:00 - 15:25 Fleet
  • Winter fleet overview
  • Why snowblowers
  • Our procurement route
  • Relationship management
  • Innovation

Gap Analysis Panel

16:00 - 17:00
  • A discussion amongst representatives from national and local transport authorities, road operators, and other stakeholders on the NWSRG’s Practical Guide for winter service and whether there are any gaps or areas to update in its coverage of key issues and topics.

Thursday, May 23, 2024


Gritter Driver – A Day in the Life

10:30 - 10:55 Fleet
  • Best Days
  • Worst Days
  • Are we the weakest link?

Active Travel in Winter

11:00 - 11:25 Active Travel

• Challenges to active travel in winter
• Winter treatment provision
• Role of technology
• Benefits to stakeholders and the wider economy
• What does our future winter service look like


Delivery of First Winter Service

11:30 - 11:55 Maintenance

Winter R&D Consultancy: Potassium Acetate Review

12:00 - 12:25 Data
  • Motivation for the project
  • Overview of the consultancy tasks
  • The current plan for the KAc review
  • Additional supporting work
  • Expected outcomes

Cold Comfort Lightning Presentations

13:30 - 14:30
  • As part of the Cold Comfort conference programme for 2024, we are introducing lightning presentations: fast-paced sessions comprising a maximum of ten slides. 
  • These are presentations that would not necessarily warrant a full conference slot but are nevertheless relevant and of interest to the sector.
  • The session is open to all exhibitors and local authorities who wish to deliver updates or solutions for the winter service/maintenance sector.