The full programme has been confirmed for this year’s European Road Infrastructure Congress (ERIC), which runs from 18th to 20th October in Leeds.
World authorities, policymakers, industry representatives, academics and research institutes are to join forces in Leeds next month which will culminate in The Big Debate: The Future of the Road and The Road of the Future.
Delivery, safety and adaptation of road infrastructure are key themes of the Congress; addressing technological changes, new delivery models and innovations in vehicle technology helping Europe to work together in achieving safer roads.
“In a world of autonomous vehicles and infrastructure that can mend itself, it is easy to believe that road safety concerns will be a thing of the past; and that road maintenance will become obsolete,” says Christophe Nicodeme, director general of the European Union Road Federation. “The reality is that, without high quality surfaces, well-maintained signs and white lines, and intelligent, fast-adapting use of available space, our infrastructure would grind to a halt.”
With more than 25 sessions over the three days, the conference has over 60 confirmed speakers. It also has an extensive research stream, the Highways Research Symposium including abstracts and research papers to offer an academic view of the Congress themes. You can see the full programme here.
George Lee, chief executive of the Road Safety Markings Association, co-hosts of the congress, added: “As Britain negotiates its ongoing relationship with the EU, we will continue to need strong ties with Europe, with road infrastructure of critical importance for trade. At the same time, development of the Northern Powerhouse will become more important to the new government, to bring the UK together, commercially, economically and physically.
“This is why the European Road Infrastructure Congress is a pivotal event for the future of our sector. Booking early is essential and delegates can take advantage of preferential rates valid until 30 September.”
You can register for the event here.