Highway and Utility Works / Materials Recycling Technologies, Pontefract

16 November, 2016 | 10:30 - 14:00

Find out how utility and highway works work in practice.
Find out how utility and highway works work in practice.

About this event

The speakers will explain how the New Roads and Street Works Act and the Traffic Management Act work in practice, from highway authority and utility company perspectives.

According to the publication Utility Week, a report commissioned by the National Joint Utilities Group (NJUG) and conducted by PA Consulting revealed that utilities undertook one and a half million street works in 2014-15, which is estimated to equal six million worker hours of road occupation. Paying for this work is estimated to have cost utility companies £1.5 to £2bn in 2014-15. The Department for Transport also estimates that street works cost the UK economy £4.3bn a year.

The Yorkshire Highway Authorities and Utilities Committee (YHAUC) is one of several regional committees that have been established throughout the UK with the aim of developing collaborative procedures and solutions that minimise disruption to the community. Two examples of best practice promoted by YHAUC will be presented and the speakers will describe how the committee has helped to resolve ambiguous Department for Transport guidance on footway closure signage.

The YHAUC Recycled Materials Framework was developed to minimise reliance on new materials excavated from quarries and reduce the amount of materials taken to waste disposal sites. The framework provides a consistent process for material suppliers to produce and seek acceptance of alternative reinstatement materials using recycled aggregates. This part of the presentation will describe the work of the recycled materials group in approving materials through "Appendix 9" trials, the testing of materials and what happens when a material fails.


10.30: Coffee and registration
11.00: Chair's welcome and announcements
11.05: Talk by Paul Evans and Nigel Myers, followed by questions and discussion
12.45: Bar open and buffet lunch service


Paul Evans, Street Works Manager, Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council
Nigel Myers, Head of Statutory & Street Works, Virgin Media

Booking and payment

To book your place contact mail@hughallan.net by Monday 14 November 2016. Please mention at booking if you would like lunch, payment for the buffet lunch will be in cash when you register at the meeting. The cost will be £11 per person and £2 for dessert.

Organised by the Retired Members' section.


Paul Evans MSc (Eng) FIHE

Paul is the Street Works Manager at Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council and Information Communications and Technology leader for the Highways Infrastructure Service. He has 20+ years of local government experience, 10 of which have been spent in the highway engineering and street works sector. Paul is currently in his sixth year as chair of the Yorkshire Joint Authorities Group and is Co-Chair of the Yorkshire Highway Authority & Utility Committee, as well as representing the region's highway authorities at HAUC England, JAG UK and being a member of the HAUC UK coordination best practice group.

Nigel Myers

Nigel started in the construction business as an apprentice street mason with South Yorkshire County Council, followed by tenures at Rotherham and Barnsley authorities. After transferring to the utility side with Yorkshire Cable he is now Head of Statutory & Street Works at Virgin Media and is National Joint Utilities Group Director, responsible for the statutory undertakers' compliance with street works legislation. He manages a team of Statutory Engineers and other staff and is in charge of street works administrators as well as the EToN systems communications, invoicing and liabilities responsibilities. On behalf of Virgin Media he liaises with 174 local authorities, street works governing bodies and trade associations.