Packed line-up confirmed for JCT Symposium 2020 as delegate numbers soar

Delegates at this year’s JCT Traffic Signals Symposium will hear how data from existing urban traffic control systems could be used to help reduce the environmental impact of transport in the future.

The fascinating presentation from Professor Margaret Bell is one of 20 lined up for the two-day online event which has already seen a record number of delegates sign up, with more than 300 already registered.

The Newcastle University academic will discuss the potential to use data available from UTMC to identify the level of traffic in a network which potentially will meet environmental objective. She will also put forward ideas about how traffic control and management can help to reimagine and reengineer our networks in the future.

Meanwhile Highways England will give details of a project which aimed to improve the environment by using MOVA to give signal priority to HGVs, while VIAEM will present a paper on improving sustainability using bus signal priority.

Experts from the Department for Transport, Transport for London, Bristol City Council and a wide range of consultancies and suppliers are also speaking.

This year’s Symposium is online on 22 and 23 September because a physical event is impossible under current government restrictions. Places are free to delegates thanks to the support of a range of event partners; AGD, Aldridge, C&T Technology, Clearview Intelligence, COLAS, Dynniq, Highways News, IHE, Integrated Traffic Services, ITS(UK), NAL, Now Wireless, PTV, Siemens Mobility, Swarco, Telent, TWM Traffic Control Systems, TRL and Vivacity.

“As always, the two-day Symposium is a tour around a wide range of ideas to help us manage the network more efficiently,” explained JCT Director John Nightingale, who’s running the event.  “Professor Bell’s presentation at 2pm on Tuesday 22 September is so exciting and inspirational, we’ve had to give her extra time!  I’m so excited about the programme this year – the industry has really come together to make the Symposium happen despite us not being able to meet in person.  We’ll miss the socialising, but the content of the sessions is as good as, if not better than ever and the sheer numbers who’ve signed up confirm that.”

The JCT Traffic Signals Symposium was first held in 1996 and plans are already afoot for a 25th anniversary event in person next year.

See the full list of confirmed papers, download the detailed programme and sign up to take part here.

The picture shows JCT “Mission Control” where the Symposium will be managed.

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