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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

Humza Yousaf, Minister for Transport & the Islands



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



Q&A session

11:30 11:50


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

11:50 12:20


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

Sue Terras, Corporate Asset Management Officer, Perth & Kinross Council

Susan Macfadyen, Acting Team Manager - Network North Ayrshire Council


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



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 Pollard, Area Manager, South Lanarkshire Council



Q&A session and 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

Professor Jillian Anable, Institute for Transport Studies, 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

11:00 11:20


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

  • Reviewing road safety practices and delivery
  • Improving KSI's
  • Measuring performance and delivery better outcomes
  • Delivering road safety on declining budgets

Panel includes: Stuart Wilson, Transport Scotland

11:20 11:40


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

11:40 12:00


Future cities: the progress so far

  • An overview of future and connected cities work in Scotland
  • Implementing a regional strategy
  • The opportunities and benefits of future cities

Kostas Ampountolas, School of Engineering, University of Glasgow

12:00 12:15


Q&A session



Thursday 2nd November: Day two, afternoon session:



Creating a sustainable transport system in Scotland-Cycling and walking is a mode of transport

  • Sustrans assisting in the delivery of Government's transport objectives
  • Working in partnership to deliver infrastructure
  • Case studies to illustrate examples of good practice

Ross Miller, Assistant Engineer, Sustrans Scotland

Rowena Colpitts, Senior Engineer, Sustrans Scotland

13:40 14:00


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

14:00 14:10


Q&A session and close of conference