Transport expert David Quarmby will be a headline speaker at Cold Comfort 2020 to mark 10 years since his famous government-commissioned report into UK winter service. His research and analysis laid the foundations for the Government’s response to the harsh winters of 2008-09 and 2009-10 when the country was brought to prolonged standstills through extreme weather and a lack of salt supply. His report was also the springboard for widespread reforms. David will present original research and analysis that revisits winter resilience and looks to the future in an age of climate change, as he asks the sector once again: ‘Are you prepared?’
Head of local roads at the Department for Transport Steve Berry provides exclusive insights into central government plans to help the country move forward once again and what it expects from its partners.
Highways England’s David Batchelor, project manager for its Severe Weather Research & Development, will outline the strategic network operator’s latest severe weather research projects and give an update on the outcomes from 2019/20 winter season. As a perfect companion to this high-level analysis, outgoing Chief Executive of the Institute of Highway Engineers Richard Hayes will discuss the latest winter service training developed specifically to boost expertise and professional knowledge in the resilience sector.
A leading representative of Highways Term Maintenance Association (HTMA) reflects on the key role contractors play in delivering frontline services and the association’s historical roots in the winter service industry. Harvey Cullen’s day job is general manager for central and north-west at Tarmac Highway Services and he will be speaking on the subject of ‘managing risk and margins in winter service’.
Mark Corbin, key route network manager of Transport for West Midlands, will deliver a presentation on a winter service diplomatic mission to three European countries. Having carried out fact-finding research, he will give delegates the benefit of not one but three international comparisons in winter service, particularly in the area of communications.
On top of this, for the first time, we have an afternoon session curated by the National Winter Service Research Group. The lead research body, and developer of the national winter service practical guide, will select from among its members some of the most important voices, innovators, deliverers and inspiring case studies to help bring the best and brightest from the heart of the sector out into the limelight.
The annual Cold Comfort conference and exhibition regularly attracts over 350 attendees.