Transport Minister Graeme Dey will launch Road Expo Scotland this year with a keynote opening address, setting out the Scottish agenda for roads and transport.

Visitor registration is completely free and now open for the flagship exhibition and conference – supported and CPD-certified by the Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE). Road Expo is combined with Bridges Scotland with both taking place at the SEC Glasgow on 1-2 December.

Shortly after the opening keynote, the Transport Minister will join a ministerial question time hosted by Highways Magazine Editor, Dom Browne, alongside Chief Officer from Aberdeenshire Council, Ewan Wallace, and Stuart Greig, Director of Low Carbon Economy from Transport Scotland – giving visitors the chance to ask those all-important questions direct.

Supporting Stuart – who will be giving an overview of the transport authority’s work to reach net zero – will be a wealth of other experts from the long-term event partner and host, Transport Scotland, including:

  • Jonny Moran, Head of Operations, with a talk on ‘protecting our road workers’
  • George Henry, National Operations Manager, Road Safety Policy and Education, presenting on the road safety framework
  • Trevor McIlhatton, Head of Environmental Sustainability, who will be discussing the road to climate resilience
  • Michael Dineen, Project Manager, will lead on barriers to accessibility

These public sector heavyweights, will be joined by leading colleagues from industry and the third sector including:

  • Mott MacDonald’s Cedric Kwok, Principal Street Design and Visualisation Specialist and Tony Kivistik, Technical Principal/Director, with practical insights on incorporating Active Travel into road design
  • David Symons, Director of Sustainability at WSP on how procuring authorities can drive net zero into their specifications and buying decisions
  • Martin Andrews, Head of Product Management at Yunex Traffic (formerly Siemens Mobility) with responsibility for a product portfolio including on-street traffic control and detection equipment, electric vehicle charging infrastructure and hosted traffic management systems
  • Chiquita Elvin, Interim Head of Infrastructure and Delivery at Active Travel charity Sustrans, who oversees the multimillion pound grant fund Places for Everyone with the aim of creating places and infrastructure that make it easier for people to walk, wheel and cycle for everyday journeys.

Alongside Road Expo, the Bridges Scotland conference is full of thought leadership and the latest analysis.

Stewart Lothian, regional asset manager at Network Rail, will be discussing ‘managing the risk of scour and flooding on Scotland’s railways’, while Dr Donald Pearson-Kirk, technical director of the structures investigations group at WSP, will be speaking on ‘post-tensioned structures – the Scottish experience’.

There will also be talks on pushing the boundaries on modular bridging, the Forth bridge ‘experience’ and its expansion joint replacement works and ‘replacing Scotland’s most bashed in bridge’.

Road Expo Scotland and Bridges Scotland are brought to you in association with SCOTS, the Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE) and ITS (UK), with theatre sponsors WSP and Mabey Bridge. Both events are also supported by Highways magazine, Transport Network and Bridge design & engineering magazine.

Book your free place at the conference here.

Full Road Expo conference programme here.

Full Bridges Scotland programme here.