April 2018
  • From your President (here)
  • ADEPT Annual Dinner & Awards, President's Meeting & AGM (here)
  • ADEPT Spring Conference/President's Meeting (here)
  • New 2nd Vice President (here)
  • Parliamentary Round-up (here): Parliamentary Update, Consultation Tracker & Parliamentary Monitoring
  • Smart Places Research Programme: DfT funding announced (here)
  • Highways UK: Help needed! (here)
  • Brexit update (here)
  • New members and renewals (here)
  • 'Smart Steps' Trip Information System (here)
  • Lighting asset failures – please report (here)
  • ADEPT meeting updates (here): Street Lighting Group, Waste Group
  • EVENTS: Smartly Sustainable workshop (here), Public Sector Show (here), Traffex Seeing in Believing (here)
  • Upcoming ADEPT meetings (here)
From your ADEPT President
I hope you’ve had a lovely Easter.
      I am beginning to focus on the end of my Presidency, which is now only a month away – I can genuinely say time has flown. I am really looking forward to presenting the President’s Awards at the Annual Dinner, which takes place at The Royal Horseguards, One Whitehall on Thursday 3 May (click here to book). We’ve had some cracking entries, and I will be judging with sponsors Ringway and WSP later this month.
      The Annual Dinner is a great opportunity for ADEPT members to catch up with colleagues from authorities and LEPs as well as central government departments and professional bodies, and then to meet again more formally the next day at the President’s Meeting (click here to book). This is a deliberate move to bring these events together, recognising the time and financial pressures on Place Directors – I hope the new approach works for you. The agenda for the President’s Meeting (to be renamed the ADEPT Spring Conference) is now set, with some great speakers lined up (more detail below).
      It’s fantastic news that the Department for Transport has confirmed it is allocating £30,000 to ADEPT ‘to work on technological and innovative improvements to future-proof the local road network’. This is the SMART Places research programme we have commented on in previous issues of the newsletter. Some of you may have attended the regional workshops; further are planned in May.
      Talking of money – the Spring Statement was published on 13 March, and a short summary can be found here. ADEPT also responded to government consultations on proposals for a Major Road Network and the Fair Funding Review.
      Finally – I was delighted to be invited to participate in The MJ roundtable ‘Finding the sector’s voice’, a great opportunity to talk up ADEPT messages. Read about it in The MJ (22 March).
      I look forward to seeing you on 3/4 May.
Simon Neilson
ADEPT President 2017/18


Royal Horseguards, One Whitehall, London
There's still time to book your place for the ADEPT Annual Dinner & Awards, President's Meeting and AGM. 
Thursday 7.00pm: Drinks reception (kindly sponsored by Amey)
Thursday 7.30pm: Dinner (evening attire) & presentation of the President's Awards (sponsored by WSP and Ringway)
Friday 9.00am-3.00pm: Policy debate focusing on Industrial Strategy and Housing (more details below and agenda here)
Friday 3.00pm-4.00pm: Annual General Meeting (agenda here)
For full details and to book your place click here.
ADEPT Spring Conference (aka The President’s Meeting)
This event is very much an opportunity for ADEPT members and partners to take time out from the urgent and to reflect upon the important, to consider changes in government policies and to plan for the future. In particular, we would like to focus on two key issues: Delivering the Industrial Strategy, and Housing.
We have secured some excellent speakers: Liam Booth Smith of Localis, Scott Wardrop of Ringway and Sarah Middleton of the Black Country LEP will give their reflections on how to deliver the government’s ambitions for the Industrial Strategy. In the afternoon, we will hear from Steve Quartermain from MHCLG, Susan Halliwell of Oxfordshire County Council and Kate Barker, NIC Commissioner (tbc). The event will be facilitated by Phil Swann of Shared Intelligence.
The Annual General Meeting will immediately follow. We have also invited Julie Towers, MD of Penna, to give her reflections on the current recruitment market and skills of contemporary Place Directors.
The agenda is here and to book click here. There is a small fee to cover the meeting costs.
New 2nd Vice President
The membership was asked to support the nomination of Paula Hewitt for the role of 2nd Vice President, or to submit another nomination. The Secretariat received a number of emails in support of Paula’s nomination, and no other nominations. Accordingly, Paula will be confirmed in the position at the AGM on Friday 4 May.
To attend the AGM (which follows on from the Spring Conference – aka President’s Meeting), click here. 
Parliamentary Round-up
To read the latest Parliamentary Update please click here.
Click here for this month's Parliamentary Monitoring.
Click here for the Consultation Tracker.
The Department for Transport has announced a contribution of £30,000 to ADEPT ‘to work on technological and innovative improvements to future-proof the local road network’. This follows our report last autumn, which warned that local authorities need to take a proactive approach to avoid falling behind as digital innovation is applied on the strategic road network (SRN) and in large smart cities.
Neil Gibson, 1st Vice President, said: ‘We welcome DfT’s involvement in supporting our work on future-proofing the local road network through the utilisation of smart infrastructure. DfT’s co-funding, alongside our other commercial partners, will assist with the development of the business case to create live labs at scale in either new development or by retrofitting.'
As announced in last month’s newsletter, we have commissioned WSP to write three business cases for three prototype projects for the next phase of its work on the SMART Places Research Programme, including:
  • Getting to grips with data
  • Running highways and AV ‘live labs’
  • A knowledge hub ‘aggregator’
NEC, Birmingham, 7/8 November
ADEPT has been offered the opportunity to take a stand at this year’s Highways UK event – and we need help to make it happen!
Highways UK is for people and organisations involved in the planning, designing, building, operating and future-proofing of the UK's road network. It is not a trade show, but is positioned to attract and capture strategic planning and thought leadership at the leading edge of UK road infrastructure development.
The ‘ADEPT Hub’ is an 8x10m position on the exhibition floor with a central information point, themed areas/zones, and space for one-to-one meetings. We will also be running a programme of short briefings and hosting a drinks reception.
We are looking for people to help make the Hub happen – as you know, the ADEPT Secretariat is very small and will be focusing on final preparations for the ADEPT Autumn Conference (22/23 Nov). This is a great opportunity to work with colleagues from other local authorities in planning and executing a high-profile event, and to attend a major road infrastructure conference – for free.  
Interested? To find out more contact Hannah Bartram, Chief Operating Officer:
(NB – Hannah is on leave 2-13 April)
Brexit update
Buckinghamshire County Council kindly share with us their monthly round-up of policy documents, research and publications about Brexit. You can read the latest round-up here.
We're delighted to welcome Birmingham City Council as a new member of ADEPT, and also executive recruitment specialists Penna as a new Corporate Partner. We look forward to working with both of them to help maximise ADEPT's voice and influence.
To our existing members – if you haven't yet completed your 2018 membership renewal, we'd be really grateful if you could do so as soon as possible. 
And don't forget that if you recruit a new Local Authority or LEP to ADEPT, you'll qualify for a 50% discount on attendance at this year's Annual Conference in November.
Helping transport planners make better and faster decisions
ADEPT Corporate Partners O2 and Jacobs have been working with Highways England to develop a national database, the Trip Information System, to provide a consistent and robust dataset for UK transport planners and engineers. With a base of 3 billion trips, the web-based tool provides users with the ability to extract origin-destination matrices and route matrices.
TIS was launched in September last year, to support traffic modelling, transport planning and appraisal activities, covering the whole of mainland UK. Using TIS offers significant savings in terms of time and money over manual surveys and RSIs. TIS also provides a more robust data sample on which to base transport models, typically capturing 30% of trips in an area and offering a significant improvement over traditional methods.
O2’s Alastair McMahon has produced an introduction to TIS for ADEPT members. Local authorities and transport consultants wishing to use TIS for their transport models and schemes are invited to contact Alastair for a demo:
Highways England have experienced a number of LED luminaire failures from three different designs provided by two different manufacturers relating to the Philips Luma 2/3 and the Urbis-Schreider Ampera Maxi units.
While the number of failures is low, HE are concerned that there may be an underlying issue with manufacturing quality, the mechanical test specification or some other common factor.
LAs are urged to share any similar experiences with HE so that they can assist with coordinating resolution in collaboration with the manufacturers.
More information can be found in this letter issued recently by HE’s Chief Highways Engineer, Mike Wilson.
ADEPT meeting updates
The following Boards/Working Groups met during March or in the second half of February:
  • Street Lighting Group (update here)
  • Waste Group (update here)
The Energy Working Group also met in March and we hope to bring you their update in the next issue.
Listed below are some forthcoming external events which may be of interest to ADEPT members.
To suggest events for inclusion in future newsletters, please email:

**ADEPT sponsored event**

Smartly Sustainable:
Using smart technology to do more for less
Broadway House, London, 18 April

A reminder of this free workshop organised by the Environmental Industries Commission (EIC) in partnership with ADEPT, looking at how cities, towns and local places can use smart technologies and big data to deliver environmental and sustainability goals more efficiently and cost-effectively.
The workshop will run from 12.00-7.00pm, including networking lunch and evening drinks, and follows on from the joint meeting of ADEPT’s Environment Board and Planning, Housing & Regeneration Board that morning. There will be case study presentations across the spectrum of environmental challenges – water, waste, energy/carbon, and air pollution – alongside panel discussions and breakout sessions. The event will be chaired by Paula Hewitt (Chair of ADEPT Environment Board / Somerset CC), and Neil Gibson (Buckinghamshire CC) will speak at one of the breakout sessions.
Places are free for ADEPT members. More information can be found here, and you can book your ticket here using the code ‘smartlysustainable’. 
To find out more about the EIC’s Sustainable Smart Cities resource, click here.
**ADEPT sponsored event**
Excel, London, 26 June
ADEPT are delighted to be a key supporter of the Public Sector Show which brings together over 2,000 senior public sector professionals, 150 leading suppliers and 140 high-profile speakers to share best practice case-studies, discuss the latest policy updates, discover and procure new solutions, and network with their peers. A key theme at this year’s show is Estates and Infrastructure.
Underpinned by the National Infrastructure Forum, topics covered at the show will include:
•   Estate Rationalisation
•   Housing and Planning
•   Sustainability
•   Digital Connectivity
•   Transport
•   Asset Management
Registration is FREE – follow these links for full details and registration.
**ADEPT partnered event**
27-28 JuneBruntingthorpe, Leicestershire
Traffex Seeing is Believing is a must for anyone involved in the highways community, offering a unique opportunity to gain first-hand experience of the latest products and services on the market and ask detailed questions about their specifications and capabilities.
Combining an indoor conference and exhibition space with outdoor displays and crash demonstrations, the event provides current and aspiring highways and transportation practitioners with the perfect environment in which to keep up to speed with the latest innovations from industry.
CPD certified seminar sessions will cover everything from intelligent transport systems to pothole repairs. Wherever possible, seminar topics will be assimilated with the live demonstrations taking place outside on the track. All products will be displayed in clearly defined zones with a focus on technology, maintenance, safety, lighting, signage and road marking.
For more information and FREE registration at this ADEPT partnered event, click here.
Upcoming ADEPT meetings
The following meetings are scheduled for April:
  • Flood & Water Management Group – 9 April
  • Soils & Materials Design & Specification Southern Group – 10 April
  • East of England Board – 17 April
  • Traffic & Safety Working Group – 17 April
  • Joint meeting of Environment Board and Planning, Housing & Regeneration Board, followed by Smartly Sustainable workshop – 18 April
  • Leadership Team meeting – 20 April
Check for regular updates on the Events Calendar which lists all forthcoming Board, Working Group and Leadership Team meetings.
To have an event listed, please contact
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