1st European Road Infrastructure Congress - #ERICLeeds16
ERF 1st European Road Infrastructure Congress is the first Congress organized by the European Union Road Federation on this theme. At a time when the UK government is taking the lead in adopting innovative management and financing models for the delivery of road infrastructure, such as the establishment of Highways England as an independent body with a ring-fenced multi-annual budget, the 2016 European Road Infrastructure Congress will bring together policy makers, academics, research institutes, road authorities and industry representatives from across the continent to explore the following 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, provides 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.