The future of transport, webinar

26 October, 2017 | 13:00 - 14:00

See what the future holds for transport
See what the future holds for transport

About this event

Martin Lamb, Director of Maple Consulting Limited will give a presentation focussing on some of the challenges faced by infrastructure owners and operators in the UK and beyond, and some of the technologies being developed to address them. The Forever Open Road programme, has been initiated by the Forum of European Highway Research Laboratories (FEHRL) to undertake research and development on new highway concepts.

The Forever Open Road Programme works towards a next generation of advanced and affordable roads that can be adopted both for maintaining the existing network and building new roads. This will enable future road operators to adopt emerging innovations, whilst overcoming the increasing constraints on capacity, sustainability, reliability and integration. Forever Open Road will also contribute substantially to the way the road transport sector addresses societal challenges.

The next generation of roads will require high levels of adaptation, automation and resilience. These three elements will define the next generation of road as follows:

  • The Adaptable Road: focusing on ways to allow road operators to respond in a flexible manner to changes in road users demands and constraints;
  • The Automated Road focusing on the full integration of intelligent communication technology applications between the user, the vehicle, traffic management services and the road operations;
  • The Resilient Road: focusing on ensuring service levels are maintained under extreme weather conditions.

Martin will discuss how FOR is being implemented in various countries and will look at some other new developments in transport and being and how they could impact on transport and mobility in the future.


Martin Lamb

Martin Lamb

Martin Lamb is a Charted Waste Manager and Chartered Environmentalist and Director of Maple Consulting Limited, which he established in 2015 to provide fresh-thinking support services to the transport infrastructure industry.

Whilst working for the UK's Transport Research Laboratory, Martin helped develop the European Forever Open Road (FOR) concept, which aims to rethink how roads are designed, built and maintained. He is now Programme Manager for FOR on behalf of FEHRL (the Forum of European Highway Research Laboratories). Martin has a proven track record of project and programme management expertise in a variety of fields spanning almost 20 years.

Experienced in the delivery of cutting edge road and light rail concepts, Martin's work with Forever Open Road has significantly furthered research into the delivery of future concepts including intelligent road studs, a prefabricated light weight track bed for UK Tram, and many more practical applications set to benefit both sectors.

As editor, author and co-author of a wide range of conceptual documents released within the transport industry, Martin is also a proven thought leader and has published extensively in his technical field.

Also, highly experienced in consultancy, research and development, and in contracting on behalf of multiple foreign partners for high value European projects, his career to date has led to the formation of a specialist consultancy dedicated to uncovering and promoting greater infrastructure sustainability, resource efficiency, and adaptation to climate change and extreme weather events.