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The A55/A494 corridor across North Wales is a strategic route forming part of Euroroute 22 (Holyhead to Ishim, Russia). The route was significantly developed over the 1980’s and 1990’s with a series of dual carriageway improvement schemes and construction of three major tunnels. Under normal operating conditions, the route performs reasonably well with daily disruption at a number of locations during peak periods. However, the route has low resilience and very poor diversion routes and is problematic to manage during major incidents and planned road works.
Following a Ministerial instruction in 2017, the North and Mid Wales trunk Road Agency (NMWTRA) commissioned WSP to undertake WelTag Stage 1 and 2 appraisals of the route and to identify potential measures to improve resilience. Options identified included quick wins, short, medium and long-term measures. Many of those short to medium term measures are based around better use of existing and emerging technology with some of the long-term measures adapting to changing vehicle technology and utilisation.
The presentation will cover the WelTag studies and link into a further presentation covering future mobility which will include the challenges and opportunities that this fast-moving agenda presents. Taking a particular focus on decarbonisation / electrification, the session will cover insights into determining EV uptake (across all modes and uses), potential behavioural change, energy and infrastructure needs, land use planning assumptions and, how electrification coupled with emerging services could be the catalyst for a re-think of transport / mobility.
Head of North and Mid Wales Trunk Road Agent (NMWTRA)
David has over 35 years’ experience in the Highways sector both within public and private sector consultancy organisations working on major capital projects and since 2006 within an operational capacity for NMWTRA.
He will provide some insight into the challenges associated operation of the A55 / A494 corridor and how the benefits of the resilience project will assist in improving the day-to-day performance of the route.
Kathy has over 16 years’ experience working in road safety; previously with Greater Manchester Police running their Intelligence Unit, and over 12 years working for Highways England – ranging from analysing regional and then national incidents on the strategic road network, to being a senior programme manager in the strategic road safety team.
Kathy has recently joined the ITS team in WSP bringing expertise in Human Factors in transport and extensive experience in how technology can support a safer, more resilient network.
Giles leads WSP’s Future Mobility team in the UK and has nearly thirty years’ experience in the transportation planning and intelligent transport sectors. He has worked in the public and private sectors as a senior client and director level consultant, has led major projects across all modes and has a detailed understanding of the strategic needs and opportunities surrounding the transport challenges that face our networks, regions, towns and cities. Giles is a recognised expert in the field of future mobility, access and transport having undertaken numerous cutting edge commissions where his insight is helping build ‘future ready’ thinking into strategies, policies and asset specifications. He is a strategic thinker with an in-depth appreciation of the challenges facing all modes of transport as a result of disruptors, both within the transportation realm and wider socio-economic changes which influence it.
Giles has presented papers at numerous events and conferences in the UK, Europe, Japan and Australia focusing on the potential challenges and opportunities in the new / future mobility space with a particular focus on how we can navigate uncertainty. Giles was also key contributor to WSP’s well received publication ‘New Mobility Now’, he is engaged with our ongoing international research and contributed to the Go Science and DfT roundtables on Future Mobility.
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