The unique Highways SiB (Seeing is Believing) event takes place on 9 and 10 November, but there’s still time to register to be there, and the video below might help you realise why you need to do so.
The event features an indoor exhibition area and outdoor demonstrations, and takes place at this time of year to take advantage of the dark evenings meaning visitors can see demos in daylight, dusk and darkness.
Delegates will also get the chance to talk with key personnel from Highways England – the government-owned company tasked with delivering the £15 billion Road Investment Strategy. Chief executive Jim O’Sullivan is a keynote speaker on the first day of the event and will update attendees on how things are progressing.
And 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. So far 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).
Roads Minister Andrew Jones will officially open the event and take questions from the audience. Attendees can also join in lively debates on road worker safety, asset management, technology, the resilience of local roads, and the future of HMEP.