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CPD certified, free-to-attend Transport Scotland and SCOTS seminars

Transport Scotland and SCOTS will be curating up to 10 hours of CPD certified, free-to-attend seminars regarding the future of the Scottish road industry.

Free to visit as part of your visitor badge, you'll hear a mix of government officials and Scottish road experts deliver thought-provoking seminars examining industry best-practice and new government legislation.

The Transport Scotland and SCOTS seminars are always extremely well attended, with seating allocated on a first come first served basis; so please make sure you arrive well before any session you wish to attend.

Wednesday 1st November: Day one, morning session:



Welcome and Introduction from the Chair



Keynote address

Hugh Gillies, Director of Trunk Road and Bus Operations, Transport Scotland



Futureproofing Scotland's roads: the challenges and opportunities

  • Making Scotland's roads more resilient
  • People, skills and resources
  • Improving road condition and measuring performance

Gordon Mackay, Chairman, SCOTS



Local authority collaboration - the road ahead

  • Making local authority roads collaboration work
  • A regional approach: the challenges and opportunities
  • Planning for the future

Ewan Wallace, Head of Transportation, Aberdeenshire Council



Coffee break and exhibition viewing



Developing a successful roads alliance

  • Developing a shared approach
  • Delivering efficient and effective services across a region
  • Developing the alliance to meet future challenges

Stewart Turner, Head of Roads, Ayrshire Roads Alliance



Harnessing data and technology to enhance asset management

  • Improving operational efficiency
  • Enhancing strategic decision making

Alex Croston, Senior Asset Management Advocate,Yotta



Managing the asset: the progress and development of asset management strategies and how they are being delivered on the network

  • Data Management
  • Using data and condition surveys to help with prioritisation and long-term investment strategies
  • Use of data to help predict future investments

Gregor Walker, Corporate Asset Management Officer, Perth & Kinross Council

Susan Macfadyen, Acting Team Manager - Network North Ayrshire Council



Lunch and exhibition viewing


Wednesday 1st November: Day one, afternoon session:



Customer Service and the road user

  • Why customer service matters
  • Our strategy
  • Understanding the customer pain
  • Planning to deliver customer satisfaction

Melanie Clarke, Customer Service Director, Highways England



The impact of Brexit on Scottish roads

  • Brexit basics - key elements, timeline, transition
  • Potential impacts and opportunities on Scottish roads sector
  • Risks and uncertainties

Andrew Price, Business Case Lead, CH2M



Coffee break and exhibition viewing



Top performing research options of the Future Highways Research Club and their impact on highways services in the real world

  • Focusing on tangible business benefits
  • Risks and barriers to change
  • Looking forward to the future research programme

Simon Wilson, Director, Proving Services Ltd



Considering Tar Bound Arisings

  • Dealing with Tar Bound Arisings and producing a safe system of work
  • Updating guidance
  • Dealing safely and cost effectively with Tar Bound Arising

Martin Polland, Area Manager, South Lanarkshire Council



Close of day one



Thursday 2nd November: Day two, morning session:






Smart technology - implementing the national ITS strategy

  • An update on Scotland's national ITS strategy
  • Implementing and communicating the strategy
  • The challenges, opportunities and benefits of the strategy

Andrew Davidson, National Operations Manager, Transport Scotland



Using technology and implementing the right strategies to tackle emission levels

  • Working out where we are going wrong with emission levels
  • Tackling poor air quality
  • Planning and implementing change for improvement

Craig Morton, Research Fellow, University of Leeds



Comparing highway costs to help with benchmarking

  • Creating a methodology to give local authorities the ability to produce compariable unit costs across a range of activities, allowing them to benchmark with neighbouring authorities and across the wider roads community
  • Comparing results and highlighting areas for efficiency
  • Using the system to determine tangible outcomes and improved performance

Raymond Smith, Roads Manager, Falkirk Council



Coffee break and exhibition viewing



The future of road safety delivery in Scottish roads - panel debate

  • Assessing the areas that have the highest KSI's
  • Improving KSI's
  • Measuring performance and delivery better outcomes
  • Delivering road safety on declining budgets

Panel Speakers Include:

Stuart Wilson, Transport Scotland

Dr. Suzy Charman, Research Director, Road Safety Foundation



How to create effective safety solutions that reduce incidents on roads and at dangerous junctions

  • Assessing the areas that have the highest KSI's
  • Combining engineering, education and road layouts
  • A example of road safety solutions recently implemented in Scotland

Chris Keenan, Senior Solutions Manager, Clearview Intelligence



Lessons learnt from biodiversity offsetting for a large infrastructure in Scotland - AWPR Route

Jonathan Dempsey, Director for Sustainable Strategies and Solutions, Jacobs UK



Lunch and exhibition viewing


Thursday 2nd November: Day two, afternoon session:






From control to collaboration

  • Current global and industry roads trends
  • How these trends are likely to affect the way in which roads are managed in the future
  • Measuring performance and delivery better outcomes
  • Using this as an opportunity to improve technology and road mapping

John Welsh, Senior Development Manager, Dynniq



Close of conference sessions