Highways SIB (Seeing is Believing) – Europe’s only event for indoor showcasing of highway products as well as outdoor demonstrations in all lighting conditions – is now officially open.
Visitors to this year’s free-to-attend event will get the chance to hear from key personnel from Highways England and from other top names in the industry.
HE chief executive Jim O’Sullivan will deliver a keynote address later today (9 November) and is set to provide attendees with an update on safety and innovation.
As our primary event partner, Highways England’s main focus will be on how they are transforming the strategic road network through improving the environment; free-flowing roads; a safe and accessible network; and supporting economic growth.
Senior staff from a number of Highways England’s key business areas will be in attendance at the event. They will be discussing the following topics:
- Year two of the five-year Health and Safety Plan
- Incident prevention initiatives
- Smart motorways
- Stakeholder engagement.
With an ambitious government target of attracting 30,000 apprentices into road and rail by 2020, this year’s event sees the introduction of an Apprenticeship/skills zone offering local students the chance to come along and find out about all the exciting opportunities that the sector has to offer. More than 100 civil engineering students from Liverpool John Moores University and Wolverhampton University have registered to attend the event. The zone is formed of the Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE) and the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT).
As part of our integrated conference featuring the industry’s top names, attendees can also join in lively debates on road worker safety, asset management, technology, the resilience of local roads, and the future of HMEP.
Highways SIB also features two full days of live full-scale outdoor demonstrations and displays covering maintenance, safety, technology, lighting, signage and road markings.
For regular updates from the event, which is taking place at Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground in Leicestershire, keep an eye on www.highwaysmagazine.co.uk throughout 9 and 10 November. You can find out more about the event by visiting www.sib.uk.net