October 2017
From your ADEPT President

On Monday 30th October, I launched ADEPT’s new report ‘Digital innovation: the route to the highways of the future’ at the House of Commons. This important document reports on research carried out between March and July by five working groups that considered how adopting innovative technology could be accelerated in the highways sector within the context of increasing demand, greater financial pressures and deteriorating highway assets. You can download the report here – or even better, attend the workshop at the Annual Conference to find out more, and how we plan to take this work forward. My thanks to project sponsor Ringway and partners O2 and EY.
It’s a busy month for ADEPT events! Next up is an ADEPT sponsored seminar on highways maintenance funding at the Highways UK event in Birmingham on 8 November, followed by a drinks reception. You are very welcome to attend both (free) events – all you need to do is register here and let Alison Shea ( know you are attending.
Finally – I really look forward to catching up with many of you at the ADEPT Annual Conference in Manchester on 23/24 November. We’ve got a strong conference programme with a great range of speakers and plenty of opportunities to network. There’s still time to book – click here!

Simon Neilson
ADEPT President

ADEPT Annual Conference
Radisson Blu Hotel, Manchester, 23/24 November 2017
There's still time to book for this year’s ADEPT Annual Conference which takes place in a few weeks' time. We can promise you a stimulating couple of days with some excellent speakers including: 
  • National Infrastructure Commission on delivering infrastructure fit for the future
  • National Grid talking about energy futures
  • Mott MacDonald on big data, smart systems
  • DCLG talking about funding delivery of the Industrial Strategy
There's also a brainstorming 'hackathon' on air quality, a range of workshops – including one on ADEPT's digital innovation project – and much more.
The full conference progra
mme can be viewed here and you can book your place here. We have a few reserved rooms still available on a first come, first served basis – if you miss these, you can still attend the conference as a day delegate or book your own accommodation direct with the Radisson Blu or other local hotels.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Highways UK – ADEPT briefing session and drinks reception
NEC, Birmingham, 8/9 November 2017
We're looking forward to seeing many of you at the events we are sponsoring at Highways UK at the NEC in November.
Parvis Khansari, Chair of ADEPT's Engineering Board, will be chairing our industry briefing ‘Highways maintenance funding for local roads’ on 8th November (14.00-15.10 in the Carillion Theatre), and we are also hosting a drinks reception, kindly sponsored by Amey, in the Burges Salmon Lounge (8th November, 17.00-18.30).
Both events are free but you will need to register for the main Highways UK event here. Do come and raise a glass with us at the drinks reception and meet our guests – please email Alison Shea ( to give an indication of numbers.
Parliamentary Round-up
To read the Parliamentary update please click here.
Click here for the Parliamentary monitoring.
Click here for the Consultation Tracker.


ADEPT Natural Capital &  Heritage Group

ADEPT’s Natural Capital and Heritage Group is being relaunched this autumn. This is particularly timely as the Government's long-awaited 25 Year Environment Plan is due to be published before Christmas. We recently submitted a short paper to Defra outlining our ambitions for the Plan.
The Natural Capital and Heritage Group currently has a core of six members but is actively seeking more.
If you are interested, or know of someone who might be, please contact Peter Chamberlain or David Dale to find out more.
ADEPT meeting updates
The following Boards and Groups have met since the last Newsletter:
  • Transport Board (update here)
  • Environment Board (update here)
  • South West Board (update here)
  • Engineering Board (update here)
  • Waste Group (update here)
The Asset Management Group also met during October. The meeting of the Rights of Way Managers Group planned for 18th October was rescheduled for 15th November.
Corporate Partner Scheme success 
In under 18 months since its launch in June 2016 following approval at last year’s AGM, ADEPT’s Corporate Partner scheme has attracted some prestigious names and continues to grow rapidly.
The latest company to announce its intention to join is O2, taking the total number of Corporate Partners to 15 (see below).
Most of our Corporate Partners will be represented at the ADEPT Annual Conference on 23/24 November – it’s an excellent opportunity for some networking, and their input into our discussions will be invaluable. We are grateful for all our Corporate Partners’ support and we look forward to welcoming them at the Conference.
ADEPT Corporate Partners October 2017:
Amey  –  Atkins  –  ch2m  –  Colas  –  FCC Environment  –  Gigaclear  –  HEA  –  Jacobs  –  Kier  –  O2  –  Ringway  –  Skanska  –  Tarmac  –  Veolia  –  WSP
Tackling High-Risk Regional Roads: Implementation Guidelines 
Road Safety Foundation
In September 2016 the Road Safety Foundation, commissioned by the RAC Foundation and supported by the DfT, embarked on a project to inspect, Star-Rate and generate Safer Roads Investment Plans (SRIPs) for 11 high-risk A-road sections in England. Shortly after this work commenced, DfT announced the establishment of a ‘Safer Roads Fund’ of £175 million for the top 50 high-risk local A-road sections in England as identified in the RSF analysis of 2012-14 crash data.
The guidelines document is freely available here to any road authority seeking to apply safe system thinking to their busy regional roads. The guidelines show how risk mapping and star rating can be used together to identify priority sections, along with clear examples of the cost–benefit ratio of potential life-saving treatment plans.

Town Centre support: seminar and launch event

LGA: London, 29 November 2017
The LGA, in conjunction with DCLG, is launching a programme of seminars to support councils who are keen to revitalise their town centres. Key personnel from interested local authorities are invited to attend an initial seminar in London to launch the programme.
LGA/DCLG are keen to hear about the key challenges and issues that councils face with their town centres and their efforts to intervene. The programme aims to support councils through the seminar series and the sharing of good practice information.
The draft programme (subject to change) can be viewed here. To book your place, please email
Below is a list of some forthcoming external events which may be of interest to members.
To suggest other events for inclusion in future newsletters, please email:

Transport Asset Management Conference
ICE, London, 21 November 2017

This ICE event features the latest industry thinking and lessons from real projects, alternative industries and experiences of achieving enterprise-level asset management. Includes sessions on whole-life asset management, disruptive technology, big data, cybersecurity and more.
View the complete programme and book your place here. ADEPT members benefit from a special registration price by selecting the partner organisation rate and quoting ADEPT at the checkout. 

Local Authorities and Smarter Traffic Management Day
Institution of Engineering and Technology: Austin Court, Birmingham
28 November 2017
Free event with reimbursement of reasonable travel costs for LAs!
Following the highly successful Connected Vehicle Deployment workshop in Newcastle in May, the Department for Transport and its partners are inviting local authorities and other relevant organisations to a new conference to consider how smarter traffic management can improve our roads.
Jesse Norman, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport, will provide the keynote speech and the day will also include a series of short presentations, a panel session and workshops. The conference will also consider solutions to the key challenges raised by local authorities at Newcastle, including for connected vehicles/infrastructure.
Find out more and register for the event here.

Authorities which are planning or delivering innovation in traffic management are also invited to attend one of the 09.00-10.00 hours pre-meetings on smarter parking, delivering connected traffic management (Bluetooth, wifi) and C-ITS use cases.
Please email for more details.

Air Pollution in the UK post-Brexit
Public Policy Exchange: Strand Palace Hotel, London
5 December 2017

This symposium will bring together local authorities, third sector practitioners, public health professionals and other stakeholders to explore new approaches and innovations to tackle air pollution in the UK at both a local and national level.
The event will also consider the public health implications of living with illegal levels of air pollution and strategies to ensure that air quality remains a top policy priority within the UK post-Brexit. 
Speakers will include Professor Stephen Peckham, Director & Professor of Health Policy at the University of Kent; Richard Knox-Johnston, Chair of the London Green Belt Council; and Stephen Thomson, Head of Environment & Sustainability at Transport Scotland.
More details about the event can be found here and you can register to attend here.

Transport Knowledge Hub Seminar: Transport Investment under Uncertainty

Canary Wharf, London, 12 December 2017
This event will be chaired by Richard Threlfall, Partner, KPMG, Global Head of Public Transport and UK Head of Infrastructure, Building and Construction.
Save the date – further details and invitations to follow.
View the Transport Knowledge Hub website here.
Brexit update
Buckinghamshire County Council have kindly shared with us their monthly round-up of policy documents, research and publications relating to Brexit.
You can read the latest round-up here.
Upcoming ADEPT meetings
The following ADEPT meetings take place during November:
  • Highways UK – 8/9 November including ADEPT seminar and drinks reception (8 November)
  • Rights of Way Managers Group – 15 November
  • South East Board – 17 November
  • Traffic & Safety Working Group – 22 November
  • ADEPT Annual Conference – 23/24 November
The ADEPT website has an Events Calendar – this lists all forthcoming Board and Working Group meetings. To get an event listed, please contact
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