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APSE Winter Maintenance Forum 2017

APSE Winter Maintenance Forum 2017 

Friday 29th September 2017
Midland Hotel, Forster Square, Bradford BD1 4HU

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Welcome address and context
Richard Gelder, Highway Services Manager, Bradford City Council

Winter Maintenance – State of Play
Richard Hayes, Chief Executive, Institute of Highway Engineers

Highways England Winter Maintenance
Simon Phillips, Resilience & Winter Manager, Highways England

Using statistical weather data to support the winter maintenance programme
Nick Johnson, Lead Transportation Weather Consultant, Vaisala Ltd

Innovation in Winter Services
Russell Martin, Highway Maintenance Manager, Leeds City Council

Legal Briefing: Minimising your exposure to winter court action
Adrian Runacres, Independent Consultant, Technical Advisor and Secretary of the NWSRG

What does our performance data tell us about winter maintenance?
Debbie Johns, APSE Head of Performance Networks

Workshop: Safer working on the highway
Alan Plom, ex HSE Inspector and APSE Associate


Seminar objectives

Winter maintenance services are essential for local residents and businesses but changeable and unpredictable weather conditions, increasing litigation from the public and keeping pace with new innovations and technical developments can all add to the challenges facing Highways Winter
Maintenance Services.

This seminar will explore exemplar councils in their winter maintenance approaches and tackle issues such as:

  • What are the legal requirements for winter maintenance managers?
  • How have councils innovated to meet the winter challenge
  • The opportunities from improved weather prediction and technology
  • Avoiding claims in an increasing litigious environment
  • Highways England, the approach to winter maintenance on major roads and opportunities for collaboration
  • Monitoring performance and costs.

All these issues and more will be discussed and debated with ample opportunity for delegate to network and learn and share ideas and information from each other.

Alongside a trade exhibition this event is a timely and affordable learning seminar for all involved in the winter maintenance service.


Who should attend?

  • Highways directors, heads of service and managers
  • Winter maintenance specialists
  • Elected members with highways, environment or neighbourhood service responsibility
  • Press officers and communications team
  • Suppliers who want to learn about the latest developments from a commercial perspective.

Promoting excellence in public services

APSE (Association for Public Service Excellence) is a not for profit unincorporated association working with over 300 councils throughout the UK. Promoting excellence in public services, APSE is the foremost specialist in local authority frontline services, hosting a network for frontline service providers in areas such as waste and refuse collection, parks and environmental services, cemeteries and crematorium, environmental health, leisure, school meals, cleaning, housing and building maintenance.




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