Safety first for Traffex exhibition

March 11 2015  

Safety first for Traffex exhibition

Exciting new exhibitions titled 'How safe do you feel?' and 'After dark' are two big draws for visitors to this spring's Traffex show, taking place between 21 and 23 April at the NEC near Birmingham.

The first exhibition will be a life size streetscene featuring a working traffic junction, pedestrian and cycle crossing and live roadworks site. Visitors are invited to explore the feature on foot or cycle where products and services designed to improve safety will be showcased.

The second feature will demonstrate the effectiveness of the latest retro-reflective safety products designed to protect vulnerable road users.

Visitors to the exhibition will also be able to witness low speed crash demonstrations and take a look at new on board safety sensors for large vehicles including buses. They will also be able to see new products designed to warn of pedestrians at road crossings and new technology used to identify vulnerable road users using cycle lanes.

Traffex is the UK's largest traffic management and road safety exhibition and is being run alongside Parkex, Europe's largest showcase of parking products and services. Both shows are free to attend and over 400 exhibitors are booked to attend.

Speakers lined up to deliver presentations at seminars at the event include Graham Dalton, who will talk about challenges facing the new strategic roads body Highways England. CIHT's director of education and membership Sue Stevens will discuss developing skills through professional qualifications and Highways England's director Dave Stones will ask if 'Expressways' are the future.

Further topics for discussion will include an update to the Traffic Signs Regulations & General Directions, planning for cycling and the development of connected and driverless vehicles.

A lunchtime debate hosted by ITS (UK) and the Institution of Engineering & Technology will ask if we have reached 'peak car'?

Products to be showcased at Traffex include those associated with access control, barriers and bollards, computer modelling and simulation, data information systems, digital mapping, drainage, highway maintenance, intelligent transport systems, passive safety, retro-reflectivity, road markings, road safety, telematics and traffic control and monitoring.

Traffex exhibition director Bill Butler says: "This year’s Traffex and Parkex shows will showcase many of the new products and services available to councils. The shows will provide a one stop shop for senior traffic and parking professionals from local, central government and the private sector.”

He adds that the parking and traffic industry is currently facing multiple challenges regarding new legislation and the use of new technology. "What is particularly pleasing in these times of budget cutbacks is that the Government is investing a record £6Bn on transport infrastructure, maintenance and improvements to local roads between 2015 and 2021," he adds.

To find out more about the show, or to register to attend, visit traffex.com. The April issue of Transportation Professional will feature a special pull out show preview for Traffex and Parkex.

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