Fact or Friction? RSTA Launches Brand New Conference

30 August, 2022 - News - WJ Group

Maintaining appropriate levels of skid resistance is an integral part of the drive to deliver safe roads for people and communities across the UK.

However, with several challenges facing road operators including declining budgets and addressing climate change, how can local authorities’ deliver maintenance programmes more effectively in a way that encompasses the full armoury of surface treatments and techniques at their disposal?

To try and answer this question, a brand-new conference has been organised – Managing Skid Resistance UK – The Facts and the Friction, which will take place in Reading on the 14th September. The event has been organised by LCRIG on behalf of the RSTA in association with WJ Group and WDM, and is further supported by the IHE and CIHT, who will be awarding CPD points to their members.

WJ Group Business Development Director, John Warne commented “Achieving high levels of skid resistance is critical for safety on our roads, whether it’s through enabling vehicles to stop quicker at junctions, reducing chances of skidding on wet surfaces or for any other reason. We recognise the challenge highway authorities face in delivering this, and we hope this conference will give them an insight into the various techniques and tools available to realise this whilst managing their budget.

The programme will feature some of the most high-profile people in the industry and give local authorities and other road operators insight into how to better manage skid resistance and understand how this can be successfully delivered as part of a more proactive maintenance strategy.

Speakers include Paul Boss, chief executive of the Road Surface Treatments Association (RSTA), Dr Suzy Charman executive director of the Road Safety Foundation and Dr Helen Viner, former chief scientist at TRL, Highways magazine editorial board member and a director at Enodamus Ltd.

This one-day conference will feature a range of topics which will include:

  • The role of skid resistance in keeping roads safe
  • Delivery schemes that are consistently reducing carbon
  • What are your legal responsibilities?
  • Designing for skid resistance and how to choose the right materials
  • A new approach to skid measurement
  • Surface dressing, retexturing and predictive maintenance-an update
  • ‘Looking to the future’ panel debate

You can view more details and book a delegate place at: https://www.rsta-uk.org/managing-skid-resistance-uk