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JCT announces first speakers for September Symposium

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The organisers of the annual JCT Traffic Signals Symposium have announced the first list of speakers as they promise a “strong programme delivered by leading practitioners, manufacturers, suppliers and academics”.

The event, which this year returns to Nottingham on 12 and 13 September, is supported by SMART Highways as media partner and podcast provider.

The JCT Consultancy is still calling for papers and the programme is still in development, but a number of speakers have already been confirmed including:

Brian Deegan from Urban Initiative who will present “Protected junctions for cyclists”. Brian is the Senior Engineer leading a project in Greater Manchester on behalf of the Commissioner for Cycling and Walking at the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (Chris Boardman). Brian will focus on innovations in signal design and promote a technical discussion on how Manchester can deliver better junctions for cyclists.

Margaret O’Donnell from Dublin City Council will present a paper entitled “Data Driven Decisions for Centralised Bus Priority in Dublin City” in which she will present the decision making strategies for configuring the automatic bus priority via the Dublin Public Transport Interface Module (DPTIM), and results from various locations in Dublin City where centralised bus priority interventions are applied. Additionally, Margaret will present various reports, data visualisation, and dashboards utilised by the Bus Priority section of Dublin City Council.

James Drinkall from Sweco UK Limited will be delivering the paper Big Data for Predictive Traffic Management Services where he will present new technology for Traffic Light Controllers based on real-time and predictive data fusion models, resulting in a higher throughput at the intersection and a better match with local policies. Using this new approach James will suggest how cities can already recap the benefits from this novel technology and be better prepared for the connected and cooperative future.

Hannah Atkins and Jacky Thomas from DHA Planning will give their thoughts on how signal modelling can be made more accessible to a wider audience and will demonstrate this through case studies in their paper “A different approach in quantifying mitigation in modelling”. They will discuss how when results are conveyed to the public and planning committees where it is often very difficult for the technical results to be translated into relatable and understandable terms. They will suggest that it may be better to focus on travel time savings and the economic benefits which ensue and quantify proposed mitigation in a more understandable format.

Peter Routledge is planning on sharing sample of the innovations in signal design and control across a range of projects over the last twelve months in a presentation entitled A year of innovation In ITS projects

Ed Ashworth from WSP along with Rotherham Borough Council and Motus will present a paper on “MOVA 8 using the MOTUS Morph Unit in Rotherham” The team will explore the installation and commissioning and will present Bluetooth journey time data to show before and after results.

JCT says if you or your organisation would like to submit a paper, please don’t delay, there is still room on the programme but as September comes closer competition for speaking slots will be fierce.

The organiser John Nightingale adds that as always there’s a strong social side to the Sumposium, including Barbeque Night on the Tuesday at The Old Chemistry Theatre and Courtyard Sponsored by Aldridge Traffic Systems, while on the Wednesday there’s a pre-dinner drinks reception sponsored by Swarco and the Gala Dinner sponsored by Siemens. Evening social networking on both days with refreshments sponsored by a consortium consisting of – Dynniq, JCT, NAL, Swarco.

The Symposium and Exhibition will be held at the Nottingham Conference Centre which is part of Nottingham Trent University.


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