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HSC08 Conference

Report to YHAUC by Sean Fisher


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HSC08 Conference

  • Thanks to YHAUC for the opportunity to attend

  • Views and opinions expressed are my own

  • Conference Summaries

  • Common Themes

  • Personal Reflections


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HSC08 Conference

Presentations Summary (1)

Day One – Morning Session 1 – TMA: Addressing the Challenges and Opportunities

  • Gave the view from the DfT of the main drivers for change

  • Generally optimistic presentations from a utility and an authority, looking at the opportunities to improve service to all customers

  • Note of caution about the difficulties of implementation


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HSC08 Conference

Presentations Summary (2)

Day One – Morning Session 2 – Permits

  • Organisations need to think about how and when to implement Permit Schemes

  • Best outcomes for road users

  • Permit Schemes not appropriate for all streets and all works?

  • Consider Schemes for streets where traffic is already at breaking point?


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HSC08 Conference

Presentations Summary (3)

Day One – Afternoon Session 1 – Working Together: Planning the Infrastructure

  • Road and street works carried out for good reason

  • Need to improve communication with the public/road users

  • Positive benefits of authorities and utilities working together

  • Authorities now embarking on the same journey that utilities have already been on


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HSC08 Conference

Presentations Summary (4)

Day One – Afternoon Session 2 – Co-ordination

  • National picture – growth needs of the country

  • Local picture – co-ordinating infrastructure delivery locally

  • Working with developers


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HSC08 Conference

Presentations Summary (5)

Day Two – Morning Session 1 – The Bigger Picture

  • New types of infrastructure – low carbon energy networks

  • Alternatives to new road building

  • Investment to maintain the current road network as an efficient conduit to access and deliver goods and services

  • Better co-ordination to minimise congestion

  • Balancing the ‘green agenda’


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HSC08 Conference

Presentations Summary (6)

Day Two – Morning Session 2 – Addressing the Skills Shortage

  • Building sustainable businesses – methods and materials

  • Innovation in recruiting

  • Quality training and development

  • Appealing area for people to want to work


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HSC08 Conference

Presentations Summary (7)

Day Two – Afternoon Session 1 – Addressing Long-Term Damage

  • Scale of activities

  • Low public satisfaction

  • Results of long-term studies – 168 sites

  • Reasons for optimism – test sites from 1993

  • Utility resurfacing


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HSC08 Conference

Presentations Summary (8)

Day Two – Afternoon Session 2 – FPN’s

  • Noticing quality

  • JAG advice

  • Offences not linked to disruption


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HSC08 Conference

Common Themes (1)

  • Working Together

    • improved relationships between authorities and utilities

      • but is there a shared vision or attempts at reconciling conflicting visions

    • benefits for co-ordinating works

    • benefits for all ‘customers’

    • needs ‘give & take’


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HSC08 Conference

Common Themes (2)

  • The “Bigger Picture”

    • roads as a resource – accessing goods and services

      • road freight and the pressures on UK hauliers

    • national house-building programme

    • need to work efficient with developers

    • links to Civil Parking Enforcement

    • developing low-carbon energy networks (Combined Heating & Power)

    • alternatives to new road-building


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HSC08 Conference

Common Themes (3)

  • Public perception of works

    • “Heineken” advert

    • congestion

    • journey times – reliability/unreliability

    • opportunities to communicate with the public, why works are carried out and the benefits

  • Climate change

    • sustainability

    • for materials, methods and businesses

    • considering public transport

    • energy-efficient temporary control signals


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HSC08 Conference

Common Themes (4)

  • Network Management Duty

    • raised profile

    • integration with other policies

  • Parity – across all works promoters

  • Over-regulation

    • need to avoid further regulation

    • costs (money, time and resources) to implement

  • Skills gap

    • quality training for operatives and engineers

    • make this sector an appealing sector


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HSC08 Conference

Personal Reflections (1)

  • Good opportunity to be able to put faces to famous names

  • Insight into higher-level thinking that doesn’t always filter down, e.g. why are we all (authorities and utilities) doing what we are doing?

  • Interesting to hear the different points of view from authorities and utilities, although

    • the two “long-term damage” presentations did leave me confused – mixing long-term damage with reinstatement quality

  • Mix of presentation styles

    • some were lively and engaging

    • some addressed both theory and practice

    • some didn’t seem to add value or move the debate forward

    • some presentations felt rushed due to other presentations over-running


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HSC08 Conference

Personal Reflections (2)

  • Interactive panels was a really good idea (let down by a failure of technology)

  • Might have been better for more people to have seen the FPN presentation, and that there wasn’t time for more questions/discussion

  • Other than a couple of mentions about “difficulties implementing changes” there was nothing about changes to EToN4 or the practicalities of how we’re dealing with it


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HSC08 Conference

Finally

Thanks again for the opportunity to attend the Conference

Any Questions?


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