8th March 2018

Road Authorities’ Technology User Group

Attended by in excess of 100 delegates the “Road Authorities’ Technology User Group” took place at the historic National Railway Museum in York, on 5th March.

Organised by The Transport Technology Forum working with Department for Transport, the user group met to discuss smarter traffic management. Anthony Ferguson (DfT) made the Chairman’s introduction, highlighting progress from the 28th November meeting along with exciting plans for the future.

The interactive programme featured a session on quick fire hot topics including; Emissions, Traffic and Parking Standards, The A2/M2 Connected Vehicle Corridor, and a Milton Keynes case study on City Scale Sensors.

Other key items on the agenda included the DfT Discovery Project, The TTF Survey Results on Barriers to Procurement, Will UTMC Meet Future Local Authority Needs, and How to make the most of SCOOT and MOVA.

The day provided an excellent platform to encourage active conversations and collaborative working between local authorities and those that are able to assist with the adoption of new technologies, to help improve the transport management system.

13th March 2018

Local Authorities: Barriers to procuring innovative transport technology solutions Consolidation Workshop

Representatives from Department for Transport, Innovate UK, Local Government Association, Atkins, York City Council and the TTF met in London on 7th March.

The purpose of workshop was to scope the level of guidance required for local authorities to progress technology and innovation for roads.

Andrew Payne on behalf the TTF presented the top-line findings from the recent comprehensive research survey undertaken amongst Local Authorities and their supply chain.

The top three barriers are identified as:

  • Complexity of partnerships and the need to drive a new way of working between Local Authorities, Highways England and private sector suppliers;
  • Lack of funding, how funding is derived and accounted for. There is a need to look at how to release resources in the pre-procurement phase to encourage and facilitate innovation and overcome in-built inertia; and
  • Risk averseness. The procurement process is heavily risk averse and tends to prescribe narrow tender requirements that limitation innovation and flexibility.

Reflecting on these findings, the delegates then mapped and prioritised for the sort, medium and long term the actions and activities required to delivery a step change in the way that innovation can be procured – including examining the procurement process itself.

Following this workshop, the final report will be compiled and submitted to DfT, the project sponsor, and then published via this website.

18th May 2018

TTF building on success

The Transport Technology Forum (TTF) has made a significant contribution in driving the debate to improve transport network management through innovative thinking, collaborative working and the adoption of new technology.

Building on the success of this important and exciting initiative, the Department for Transport (DfT) will be taking ownership of the TTF and engaging with the market to secure the necessary skills and expertise to take the forum forward.

We would like to thank you for your support, help and encouragement since the formation of the TTF.

Information on the future direction and activities of the TTF will be published shortly and available on the website at Alternatively you may contact

28th October 2018


Transport Technology Conference 2018

The 2018 Transport Technology Forum Conference was held at the Core, part of the New City Campus of Newcastle University on the 16th and 17th of October and attracted over 140 delegates from across the UK and Europe to hear about the development of Connected ITS (C-ITS) in UK cities.

The event kicked off on the 16th October with a visit to the newly opened Newcastle Urban Traffic Control Room and Urban Observatory, both also located on the New City Campus development, to see preparations for commencing Green Light Optimised Speed Advice, or GLOSA trials in the City. This was followed by a drinks reception sponsored by Aimsun and IDT Ltd and an event sinner sponsored by Dynniq, attended by 50 representatives of government, local authorities, academia and industry.

On the 17th October a packed agenda included presentations on the DfT funded C-ITS Pilot Projects, a discussion on the future direction of the TTF, live demonstrations of the new ‘CAPITAL’ EU-wide C-ITS learning platform and the C-MoBile European City Pool initiative. A ‘Poster Session’ held in the morning featuring each of the 26 local authorities delivering DfT funded C-ITS projects allowed information sharing and networking and demonstrated the breadth of activity currently underway in the UK in this area. The CAPITAL demonstration provided an opportunity for delegates to try out the GDPR module of the recently launched learning platform as part of an interactive session and quiz. The day ended with a series of ‘Hot Topic’ presentations covering issues of interest to all, including GDPR and cyber security. One of the main outcomes of the event was the discussion, though a workshop session, of the Action Plan for the soon to be relaunched Transport Technology Forum.

The event provided an excellent platform to encourage active conversations and collaborative working between local authorities and those that are able to assist with the adoption of new technologies. It attracted over 140 delegates of which around 55 came from local authorities and same number from the private sector, with the rest coming from national government, academia and European organisations.

You can download the presentations from the conference here

And download the leaflets and agendas here.

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