ERF and RSMA to host first European Road Infrastructure Congress

17/11/2015
Highways Reporters

The European Union Road Federation (ERF), in partnership with the Road Safety Markings Association (RSMA), will host the first European Road Infrastructure Congress in Leeds next year.

The 2016 European Road Infrastructure Congress, which will take place at the Royal Armouries Museum from 18-20 October, will bring together policy makers, academics, research institutes, road authorities and industry representatives from across the continent to explore three overarching themes:

Delivery of road infrastructure: how can Europe improve its delivery model in a way that enables road authorities to ask for better solutions, provide industry with more incentives for innovation and road users with an optimal use of public resources.

Road Safety: in view of the recent slowdown in fatality reduction figures across the EU, how can the main players involved in the road infrastructure sector work better together in order to identify practical solutions that enable Europe to achieve its target of 50% cut in road fatalities

Adaptation of road infrastructure in view of technological changes: innovations in vehicle technologies and the road infrastructure itself will mean that the road of the future will differ significantly to what it is today. Amongst others, the theme will examine the challenges posed by road automation for the road infrastructure sector and the role of roads in the Europe’s future socio-economic model in view of innovations such as energy harvesting infrastructure.

The Road Safety Markings Association held its annual conference at Chesford Grange in Warwickshire last week. Keynote speakers included Roads Minister Andrew Jones and Terry Morgan, chairman of Crossrail.

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