Programme

Please find below details of the Preliminary Programme for 2022... and return regularly for any updates as the sessions and speakers are finalised.

Wednesday 25 May 2022

08:30-09:30

Registration & Exhibition networking

09:30-10:00

The view from the DfT

The new head of local resilience at the Department for Transport gives an update on the government’s approach to climate adaptation, mitigation and protection. 

Matt Eglinton, Head of Local Highways Maintenance, Innovation, and Resilience, Department for Transport

10:00-10:30

NWSRG: A new code and a new offer for the new climate

Having released the long-awaited update to the winter guide, the new chair of the NWSRG provides a vital update on the organisation’s latest work and offer to the sector.

Richard Stacey, Chair, National Winter Service Research Group

10:30-11:00

The strategic approach to winter

Cutting edge insights from the strategic road operator, including the latest weather and data analysis. 

Speakers :
Darren Clark, Severe Weather Resilience Manager, National Highways James Cross, Weather Information Services – Project Sponsor, National Highways

11:00-11:45

Refreshments & Exhibition networking

11:45-12:15

Decarbonisation and the circular economy

An expert view on research into mitigating climate change and tackling extreme weather through long-term action to reduce carbon.

Helen Bailey, Managing Director, The Driven Company Associates Limited

12:15-12:45

Using vehicle data to inform winter service

A trio of presentations with the first explaining the technology behind in-vehicle telematics and then two local case studies giving initial findings on the use of this technology to inform route treatments and wider winter service understanding.

 

Speakers :
Kiley Cudworth, Senior Asset Management Technician for Highways, Derby City Council Björn Zachrisson, Business and Product Strategy Manager, NIRA Dynamics AB Richard Stacey, Chair, National Winter Service Research Group

12:45-14:00

Lunch & Exhibition networking

14:00-17:00

For the first time, Cold Comfort brings you a full afternoon workshop from the NWSRG

Curated by the NWSRG, this afternoon session will provide knowledge, training and analysis from the heart of the winter service sector. 

Thursday 26 May 2022

08:30-09:30

Registration & Exhibition networking

09:30-10:00

The first results from Stormchain: Highway Asset Rapid Impact Assessment (RIA)

Insights and evaluations from the first trials of a game-changing new system for impact assessments from extreme weather and other major incidents hitting the network.

Speakers :
Hugh Deeming, Resilience Expert and Government Adviser , John Lamb, Interim Director / Past President of LGTAG, Oldham Council

10:00-10:30

Local and regional flooding resilience

As part of the new Climate UK agenda, a senior manager in the Environment Agency brings you insights from a career spent in flood management and resilience. 

David Throup, Area Manager for Herefordshire and Worcestershire, Environment Agency

10:30-11:00

Winter resilience and parking

Winter service doesn’t just mean the road itself: An expert guide from the British Parking Association on making sure your car parks are protected.

Richard Bowyer, Vice Chair, British Parking Association’s Parking Structure Group

11:00-11:45

Refreshments & Exhibition networking

11:45-12:15

The Road to Zero Emissions - DAF’s vision for the decarbonisation of road transport

Advice and evidence on how to prepare gritter fleets for the switch to battery power.

Phil Moon, Marketing Manager, DAF Trucks

12:15-12:45

Winter service world tour

Insights from a trip halfway around the world and back, investigating the different approaches to winter service in different nations.

Mark Corbin, Highways Key Route Network Manager, Transport for West Midlands

12:45-14:00

Lunch & Exhibition networking

14:00–14:30

Connected roads: road sensor networks and monitoring of environmental factors

Insights into environmental monitoring from the team that brought you the UK’s first 5G road sensor network, using cameras and emissions sensors at selected sites across a key route network (KRN).

Chris Deakin, Project Manager Transport, WM5G

14:30-15:00

Amey and Kent CC in partnership: Kent County Council’s Journey to Winter Optimisation

Amey and Kent CC in partnership: Kent County Council’s journey to winter optimisation through innovative projects – the success, challenges and advice on how you can do the same.

Speakers :
Carol Valentine, Highways Project Manager, Kent County Council Mark Fisher, Principal Strategic Consultant, Amey

15:00-15:30

Refreshments & Exhibition Networking

15:30-16:00

Local authority case study: NY Highways – winter service in a Teckal company

Speakers :
Mike Francis, Head of Operations, NY Highways Nigel Smith, Head of Highway Operations, North Yorkshire County Council

16:00-16:30

Climate Change Adaptation - practical planning for local highway authorities

Andrew Warrington, Senior Technical Director, Arcadis