Conference programme

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Traffic and parking

Welcome: Andy Brookfield, Regional Director, Project Centre

Keynote: The new rules
Local authorities are responsible for traffic management in their locality. This may include parking, bus lanes, road user charging and, in Wales, moving traffic enforcement. The regulation of civil parking enforcement (CPE) takes place via a fairly coherent set of legislation, policies and practices. However, in many other areas of parking and traffic management there is a lack of consistency and clarity, leading to confusion, duplication and frustration.

The range of traffic initiatives is increasing, with local authorities now exploring how they can meet responsibilities regarding:

  • Clean Air Zones

  • Delivering safer streets and safe routes to schools

  • Littering from vehicles

  • Keeping cycle lanes clear

This presentation explains how PATROL and its member authorities are working through the implications of new and evolving environmental legislation, and how they are communicating this to the public, stakeholders and policy-makers.
Cllr Jamie Macrae, Chair of the PATROL Joint Committee
Louise Hutchinson, Director, PATROL

Sign decluttering – the impact, and how to make it work
The new Traffic Signs Manuals extoll the virtues of sign decluttering – a policy driven by central and local government alike. But how does this equate with the duty to bring restrictions and prohibitions to the attention of road users? Locals understand what is required, but is there enough information for a visitor? 

Local authorities must recognise that fewer signs means using other techniques to inform and educate the public about parking and traffic restrictions. What are the positive and negative consequences of rigorously imposing and pursuing penalty charges?

After 25 years of being an adjudicator, and seeing the arguments presented by both sides, Caroline Sheppard looks at the different approaches authorities can take to make decluttering work.
Caroline Sheppard OBE, Chief Adjudicator, Traffic Penalty Tribunal
Simon Morgan, Chair, Institute of Highways Engineers (IHE) Traffic Signs Group

Applying behavioural insights to parking and driving
Driving and parking is a highly regulated activity. Motorists are advised where to (and not to) park via myriad signs and lines, as well as via websites and apps. But millions of drivers still incur penalties or park in the wrong place. But are there subtler ways of encouraging people to park considerately and legally? 

This presentation looks at how insights from behavioural science may provide an answer. 'Behavioural insights' contrasts with other ways to achieve compliance, such as education, legislation or enforcement.
Carolin Reiner, Associate Advisor, Behavioural Insights Team

Questions and answers


Morning break

Tea & coffee - Networking with the exhibitors


The Pioneer Theatre

Conference Room 7

Delivering cleaner air and healthier streets

Introduction: Andy Brookfield, Regional Director, Project Centre

The best routes to healthier streets
Local authorities can now deploy a variety of tactics to educate and encourage drivers to change their behaviour, including: Clean Air Zones and Low Emission Neighbourhoods; conducting anti-idling campaigns; providing electric vehicle charging; creating parklets; and encouraging walking, cycling and use of public transport.
Lucy Marstrand, Healthy Streets Advisor, Project Centre

Encouraging drivers to move to cleaner vehicles
Local authorities across the country are being tasked with improving air quality and several are looking to low emission zones to achieve this. A cheaper, more timely solution is available, though, in the form of digital solutions that link with vehicle databases to differentiate the price of daily parking, and so either discourage the use of the most polluting vehicles or encouraging take-up of low emission ones.
Peter O’Driscoll, Managing Director, RingGo, and Kay English, Traffic Manager, City of London Corporation 

Delivering Clean Air Zones
Reducing vehicle emissions havs been identified by government as a way of improving air quality in the UK. This presentation will look at the journey Leeds City Council has taken in planning how its Clean Air Zone will operate.
Polly Cook, Executive Programme Manager, Leeds City Council

What is needed to clear the air?
Local authorites across the UK are preparing to implement schemes such as Clean Air Zones, Low Emission Neighbourhoods and Zero Emission Zones. This presentation will provide some practical insights into the technological systems, personnel appointments and procedures that will be be needed to implement, operate and enforce clean air schemes.
Tim Daniels, Director, Videalert

Questions and answers

Parking and the new mobility

Introduction: Andrew Potter, Director, Parking Perspectives

The mobile revolution
Smartphones and mobile apps are transforming parking and kerbside management. They offer a way to provide not just cashless payment but also paperless permits. They are also the key to providing increasingly personalised mobility services that can seamlessly connect driving, parking, walking, cycling and use of shared transport services.
Jonny Combe, UK Chief Executive Officer, PayByPhone

The new economics of parking
The price of parking is a hotly contested topic. Most drivers, many retailers, and certainly many political leaders consider free and/or discounted parking an essential element in sustaining the High Street. However, a growing number of local authorities are taking a fresh look at how a structured use of parking fees can manage traffic heading into urban areas and deliver a better service to users. We will consider a number of approaches to using pricing to deliver effective network and parking management outcomes.

In exploring Performance Pricing, Dynamic Pricing, Linear Pricing and Utility Pricing we will look to establish a common understanding of their defining characteristics, benefits, consequences and common nomenclature for each.
Andrew Potter, Director, Parking Perspectives

The workplace parking levy
The Workplace Parking Levy (WPL) places a charge on private non-residential parking to encourage employers to manage and reduce the amount of free workplace parking they provide and produce a ring-fenced revenue stream to fund major improvements to public transport and has been an option available to local authorities for over a decade. So far only one city, Nottingham, has implemented a WPL.

Nottingham now raises over £10m per annum for investment in public transport to help mitigate the negative effects of commuting and provide high quality sustainable alternatives to the private car. Studies show that this has not had an adverse effect upon the economic growth of the city and the success of the scheme has led to a clear revival of interest in the idea of a WPL, with councils across the UK now seriously considering the idea including Edinburgh, Birmingham, Oxford and a number of London boroughs. 

Nigel Hallam, Workplace Parking Levy Service Officer, and Jason Gooding, Head of Parking, Fleet and Transport Services, Nottingham City Council

Panel discussion




Networking with the exhibitors

Afternoon sessions


Delivering safer streets

Introduction: Penny Winder, Director, Alpha Parking

Safer school streets
Parking teams across the UK are engaging with schools, parents, children and local communities to develop new ways of making the ‘school run’ periods at the start and end of the day safer. The measures available include:

  • Educating children, their parents and the general public

  • Active enforcement of restrictions

  • Closing streets around schools to traffic during the school run

Sarah Randall, Head of Parking, Croydon Council

Pavement parking outside London
The parking of cars on pavements is a controversial issue that has been the subject of much debate in recent years. On a national level legal situation is confusing: In London footway parking is banned unless authorised, but across the rest of England and Wales, it is permitted unless banned. In Scotland, meanwhile, parking on pavements is set to be banned unless authorised. A campaign calling for a consistent approach to the regulation of pavement parking by the charities Guide Dogs and Living Streets has been endorsed by bodies such as the Local Government Association (LGA) and British Parking Association (BPA). A series of office and member workshops run by PATROL have shown that local authorities outside London would welcome obstruction of the footway to be a contravention power.

Presentation by Dr Rachel Lee, Policy and Research Coordinator, Living Streets

Panel discussion featuring:

  • Louise Hutchinson, Director, PATROL

  • Dr Rachel Lee, Policy and Research Coordinator, Living Streets

  • Ryan McGowan, Policy Adviser, Department for Transport

  • Caroline Sheppard OBE, Chief Adjudicator, Traffic Penalty Tribunal

  • Sarah Randall, Head of Parking, Croydon Council

  • Rob Shoebridge, Civil Enforcement and Parking Services Team Manager, Derby City Council


The Pioneer Theatre

Conference Room 7

Communication + engagement: The PATROL workshop

Introduction: Iain Worrall, Stakeholder Engagement Manager, PATROL

Parking as a public service
Parking provokes a lot of debate at a local and national level, but this discussion often skewed towards talking about penalties and revenue. How can local authorities convert arguments about enforcement into a conversation about parking as a public service?

This session will look at how to talk to, and listen, to the public and stakeholder in ways that promotes a positive atmosphere. 

Presentations will include:

The positive impact of parking management
A new study conducted for London Councils sets out how parking management schemes are an essential public service that improves road safety, reduces traffic congestion and enables access to towns and cities. 
Thomas Fleming, Principal Consultant, Integrated Transport Planning (ITP) and Mital Patel, Transport Officer, London Councils

Developing a digital annual report
Having attended a PATROL local authority workshop on the production of annual reports, Knowsley Council offered to explore the possibilities of producing a digital report. The authority has brought together a project team to deliver this in 2018/19. The team in Knowsley is using existing interactive software as a platform upon which to build a ‘dashboard’ that enables users to find a street, the restrictions in place and the penalty charge notices (PCNs) that were issued within that location in the last year. 
Keith Moyles, Contracts Manager, Civil Parking Services, Knowsley Council

The following discussion will encompass theme such as:

  • Public consultation personal touch

  • Using nudge theory

  • Annual reports

  • Websites and apps

Panel discussion

The discussion will be facilitated by:  Iain Worrall, Stakeholder Engagement Manager, PATROL

Panellists include:

  • Thomas Fleming, Senior Consultant, Integrated Transport Planning (ITP) 

  • Cllr Jamie Macrae, Chair of the PATROL Joint Committee

  • Keith Moyles, Contracts Manager, Civil Parking Services, Knowsley Council

  • Mital Patel, Transport Officer, London Councils

  • Sarah Randall, Head of Parking, Croydon Council

  • Carolin Reiner, Associate Advisor, Behavioural Insights Team

  • Rob Shoebridge, Civil Enforcement and Parking Services Team Manager, Derby City Council

Making streets work

Introduction: Dan Hanshaw, Associate, Project Centre

The kerbside is the place where the highway meets the urban realm. It is a transition point that is key to the development and delivery of smarter mobility. This session will look at the role and intersection of:

  • Parking management

  • Deliveries (Loading/unloading)

  • Permitted use (Blue Badges, Doctors, suspended bays)

  • Car club bays

  • Electric vehicle charging points, etc.

The TRO Discovery Survey
Movement on the road network is managed by local councils using Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs). Some examples of TROs are speed limits, parking restrictions, restrictions on the movement of HGVs and closure of roads for street works, street parties and parades. The Department for Transport is working with GeoPlace, the Ordnance Survey and the British Parking Association (BPA) on a discovery into the processes by which TROs are made, how TRO data is made available and used across the country. 
Nigel Williams, Chairman, BPA

Coding the road for a connected future
The way in which use of the kerbside is regulated and managed will need to become increasingly accurate in order to accommodate the wide range of people and organisations wanting to use it. And the advent of connected and, ultimately, autonomous vehicles, means that the accuracy of how traffic orders and regulations are recorded and mapped must be improved. This presentation will look at issues such as:

  • The digital mapping of signs and lines

  • Ensuring the ‘hygiene’ of street inventories

  • Parking apps: Are they only as good as the information they draw on?

Dan Hubert, Chief Executive & Founder, AppyParking

Electric avenues
With electric vehicles set to become the dominant type of vehicle on our roads over the next 10-20 years, a whole new charging infrastructure will have to be created on people’s driveways, at workplaces, in car parks and on the street. The government’s Road to Zero agenda sets out a vision of chargepoints easily accessed by drivers of electric vehicles (EVs). This vision is, in great part, dependent on local authorities to deliver. 
Paul Nicholls, Parking Strategy and Contracts Manager, Brighton and Hove City Council

Building for an EV future: Parking site criteria tool
When introducing an electric vehicle charging network, it is important to understand the guidelines and best practice principles behind choosing locations for lamp column chargers, floor-standing units and rapid chargers. A well-placed charger of the right capacity has the potential to service many more EVs than multiple units in the wrong place.
Avisha Patel, Senior Consultant (Traffic and Parking), Project Centre

ReThinking the kerbside: The ReCharge Parklet
The ‘ReCharge Parklet’ transforms a parking bay into a space that combines EV and e-Bike charging facilities with a micro-park known as a ‘parklet’. It can also provide mobile phone charging, Wi-Fi, seating, bicycle stand and pump, and urban greening. The concept is aimed at boosting levels of activity in cities by making them more attractive for walking and cycling and improving social interaction on a street.
Susan Claris, Associate Director, Arup

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