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The 26th JCT Traffic Signal Symposium & Exhibition

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Wednesday 15th September and Thursday 16th September at Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham City Campus.

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The 2021 Symposium will be held at Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham City Campus on Wednesday 15th September and Thursday 16th September 2021.

Nottingham City Campus is located in Nottingham City Centre with excellent public transport connections and car parking availability. The format of the event will be the same as in previous years, including a Symposium programme filled with topical presentations, a specialist Exhibition, and plenty of opportunities to catch up with old friends and colleagues and network with new contacts.

The MOVA User Group will also be held at the City Campus on Tuesday 14th September.


For 25 years the JCT Symposium and exhibition has been bringing traffic signal practitioners together with manufacturers and to maintain a sense of community amongst signals engineers. It is intended to run as an affordable conference that is accessible to as many people as possible, regardless of experience and that encourages the exchange of knowledge, experience and good practice. Over the past few years, the symposium has consolidated its position as the UK"s best conference event for traffic signals.

The Symposium & Exhibition runs over two days, and is preceded by the MOVA user group. It mixes conference style papers, the principal manufacturers, networking opportunities and organised social events in the evening. As far as content goes, the emphasis is on the signals community itself and JCT seeks submission of papers and presentations from working signal engineers, manufacturers and suppliers. The broad appeal of the programme means that papers are also welcome from policy makers, interest groups, and academics. If you would like to share your experience with the signals community then please let us know and we will do everything we can to help you including subsidising attendance at this event.


2021 will see the Symposium return to The Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham City Campus. This popular conference venue provides us with all the facilities we need for the presentations, the exhibition, and networking/social events.

The Nottingham City Campus is located centrally within the UK in the centre of Nottingham. It has excellent transport links with the rest of the country by both public transport and road. The Nottingham tram system runs directly from Nottingham Railway Station stopping outside the door of the Symposium Venue. For those travelling by road there are a number of city centre car parks located very near to the campus.

For further details see The NTU Conferencing Website

Costs and Booking

Attendance at the Symposium costs £345 + VAT per delegate. This includes entry to the Symposium for two days, entry to the exhibition, lunch and refreshments on both days and comprehensive Symposium notes. Overnight accommodation and evening meals/networking events are not included but are available at additional cost as described below. As the event is held in the UK standard UK VAT at 20% is chargeable for all delegates including international visitors however it may be possible to reclaim this from your tax authorities.

Special Offers for 2021

We realise that many potential delegates currently have financial & budget pressures which make events such as the Symposium more difficult to attend than in previous years. We are therefore once again offering special offers as detailed below which are aimed to allow as many delegates as possible to attend the Symposium enhancing the level and breadth of debate both in the formal events and at the evening networking events.

  • Transferable Ticket. In response to feedback and to facilitate the attendance of a wider audience JCT are again providing transferable tickets in 2021
    A transferable ticket can be shared between two people from the same organisation, allowing one to attend on day one and the other to attend on day two. You must select who will attend on which day but may switch this before the event if you need to. Both attendees will receive a registration pack and a copy of the symposium notes. To purchase a transferable ticket please email JCT and we will send you a special booking form.
  • 3 for 2 Special Offer. Provided you book at least two full price places at the Symposium a free place can be claimed for a third delegate from the same organisation booked at the same time. You can take advantage of this discount at any time up to the start of the event
  • Early Bird Buy 1 get 1 half price Special Offer. Provided you book at least one full price place at the Symposium before the 1st July 2021 a half-price place (£172.50) can be claimed for a second delegate from the same organisation booked at the same time.
  • Institute Members Discount. Full members of the Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE) can attend the Symposium for a discounted rate of £300 (£45 discount) for both days. To claim your discount please email us at with your name and membership number. Unfortunately, this offer is not available to affiliate, associate members, or similar.

Please note that no offers include or apply to any accommodation or additional meals and offers cannot be combined with other offers, free speaker places or other reduced price places.

2021 Symposium Papers

The Symposium Programme will consist of around 20 papers from a range of speakers. The Symposium's papers are written and presented by the signals community itself and JCT actively seeks submission of papers and presentations from working signal engineers, manufacturers and suppliers as well as policy makers, interest groups, and academics.

Confirmed Papers as of 16th June 2021 (Working Titles)

Prioritising Pedestrians and Cyclists Safety
Pierre Trotobas – Colas and Andrew Caleya Chetty – Starling Technologies

Managing streets, pavements & spaces in the 21st century is HARD. Complex interactions between different mobility users and the evolving road and pavement usage along with rapid technology and subsequent cultural change need to be managed in a way to protect and enable all users.

As our roads transform over the next 20 years with the addition of connected and autonomous vehicles along with new driving behaviour, how will the pedestrians, cyclists and other vulnerable road users, from the young to the old, zombies to the school kids not paying attention, safely negotiate these new intersections. Add to this a post COVID-19 priorities to keep everyone moving, reduce congestion and stop contact becomes a complex set of problems to address.

Within this new eco-system, how can technology, data and machine learning processes enable better pedestrian and cyclist safety. This presentation will share results and insights from on-road trials undertaken in France with Colas using data analytics and Colas Flowell LED road markings.

TRUGRD Stream Combined Radar/CCTV and NOVUS Data Analytics Module for use in Traffic Data Collection
Peter Eccleson – Smart Video & Sensing

The new TRUGRD Stream combined radar/CCTV and NOVUS data analytics module for use in traffic data collection at either signalised junctions or dedicated data collection sites offers an intelligent 24Ghz multi lane radar with a 2MP inbuilt camera and is effective for detecting and classifying vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians.
NOVUS is an after-market add-on which provides count, speed, gap, headway, wrong way detection and classification and can be interfaced with the clients own back office or via our own hosted platform.

The presentation proposed will be delivered by Peter Eccleson with support from a 'local authority' representative and a product manager from Smartmicro GmbH in Germany.

Narrowing the Divide
Kevin Gilday – SRL

The paper will Talk about the coming together of the Portable and Permanent Traffic Control worlds, bringing enhanced features including control, monitoring and operational mode to the once isolated temporary traffic signals.

Untangling Canford Bottom
Tom Siddall – 4Way Consulting

Canford Bottom is a relatively compact hamburger style roundabout on the A31, near Bournemouth. As a busy trunk road and popular holiday route, the area can suffer congestion regularly, with Highways England receiving multiple complaints about the performance of the signals at the roundabout. The paper and presentation will focus on the works undertaken by 4way Consulting, in partnership with Kier and Highways England, to identify problems in the signal control, and to design, trial and validate simplified control of the site.

The paper and presentation will focus on the simplified MOVA control implemented, including a number of unusual, but comparatively simple, techniques developed to aid that revised performance, giving simpler, more consistent and more appropriate signal control.

Setting Up First Line Signals Maintenance
Robert Dean – VIAEM

The presentation will focus on the process we used in providing a first-line-traffic signal maintenance service in-house for the first time in over 25 years. I will look at the challenges faced and provided some advantages / disadvantages to running an in-house ITS first-line maintenance service.

3 years of developing AI for traffic signals- how far have we come, and what next?
Raquel Velasco – Vivacity

An overview of the project in Manchester, which will be finishing its original incarnation by then, a summary of the overall learnings, and an exploration of the (many) expansion projects coming from that.

Benchmarking traffic signal control algorithms in simulation
Mark Nicholson – Vivacity

Discussion of a tool VIVACITY are building with another leading industry player to compare different algorithms robustly, preliminary results from that tool, and how to access the tool.

Reducing working at height risks by listening to the voice of experience
Speaker TBC – NAL

Nobody goes to work in the morning expecting to have an accident or become a fatality statistic. According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) working at height risks are one of the major causes of workplace injuries and deaths. Over the last 5 years c.25% of workplace deaths have been attributed to this risk, with an average of 34 deaths per year during this period (HSE 2020).

Ways in which this risk can be mitigated or reduced for employees whether on the installation or ongoing maintenance of traffic signal equipment is a key business driver for both employers and employees.

This paper looks at the importance of reducing working at height risks for traffic signal engineers, whether as part of the infrastructure installation or ongoing maintenance and how this should be a key consideration during the specification process. It will also discuss potential cost implications associated when working at height. Additionally, the paper examines how feedback regarding health and safety implications, received from a highly experienced Traffic Signals engineer, led the design of a product which facilitates a complete overhaul of historical working at height methods; typically undertaken when maintaining or installing applications on any highway structure.

UTMC is dead! Long live UTMC!
Simon Notley – Dynniq

Awaiting Synopsis

GLOSA at York with CarFlow
Nancy Bunyan – Dynniq and James Guilliatt – City of York Council

Awaiting Synopsis

Strategic level (£15m in the pot) and in initiatives like this
Darren Capes – DfT

Awaiting Synopsis

Real Time Transport Modelling at the City of York
Michael Oliver – PTV and James Guilliatt – City of York Council

Historically, the City of York Council (CYC) manages the live transport network through staff monitoring CCTV and social media feeds, with Network Monitoring Operators (NMOs) and transport engineers manually implementing new plans and signal changes to ease network issues. In 2021, as part of a DfT-funded project called STEP, a Real Time Transport Model has been implemented to support NMOs to adopt a more pro-active approach in monitoring and influencing the network. In our presentation, we will explain to the Symposium the benefits of the Real Time Model for NMOs, and how it was integrated with live data assets including traffic signals.

TfL Bus Priority Update - extracting more and more value out of our bus priority system
Mike Bloomfiield and Chris Cockbill – TfL

In a follow up to last year's presentation ("Bus Priority in London – getting more out of what we have"), Michael and Chris will showcase the further work Network Performance Delivery have undertaken that is delivering ever increasing levels of bus priority in London without the need for new hardware. Innovation and data analysis is once again at the core of this presentation, but once again the focus is on extracting more from the existing system without deploying new equipment on street.

Evolution of TfL's traffic modelling guidance documents in response to London’s changing environment
James Wilson and Lucy Beeston – TfL

During this presentation, TfL introduces its modelling guidance framework, including the newly updated Traffic Modelling Guidelines document and the Model Auditing Process. The documents' editors will discuss the challenges faced in London since the last version of the Guidelines was published and how TfL's modelling processes have adapted to these changes.

London Streetspace Plan, managing London’s Network as it recovers from the pandemic
Jennifer Melbourne, Andrew Wiseall, and Golnaz Ghafghazi – TfL

Awaiting Synopsis

The role of ITS in improving quality of life through a Flood warning system in the Yorkshire Dales national park
Speaker TBC - Swarco

This paper focusses on the role of ITS in improving quality of life through a Flood warning system in the Yorkshire Dales national park.

The project, in collaboration with North Yorkshire County Council included us creating a solution to deploy a flood warning system that worked to both advise drivers of the flood (or rising flood) on the road through electronic signage but also integrated into a larger system so that local residents could be advised about through the flood notification system. This would also create data that could be shared via the councils digital platforms such as social media and their website.

Not only would the system be responsible for advising drivers, tourists and local residents of the potential danger and give them time to make informed decisions but the data could be used by the council to understand any trends in rising water levels and incorporate them into their wider decision making processes for the safety and quality of life for its residents.

To add to this, the location is in a national park, a beauty spot that attracts lots of tourists all year round. Due to the remote location we are providing off-grid solutions that are sustainable and limit the impact to the beauty of the location and to the local wildlife. The impact of digging trenches, adding new power and the volume of street furniture has all had to be taken into strict consideration so that we can provide a solution that improves quality of life for the residents whilst having a minimal impact to the area ecologically.

Off Slip GLOSA project
Paul Rose – Amey

GLOSA - Green Light Optimised Speed Advisory - being the connected vehicle technology that provides signal timings in-vehicle, and includes speed advice to enable drivers to smooth their driving and get through the signals they are approaching on the next green with less acceleration/deceleration (start/stop). This Amey led Highways England funded project, on off-slips in the Greater Manchester area, using data from a (real time) link to TfGM's UTC system, has demonstrated both NOx and Carbon emission reductions for freight vehicles.

Predicting and comparing traffic management response plans to mitigate tail pipe emissions in real time
Gavin Jackman – Aimsun

NEVFMA is the UK’s first fully operational, county-wide predictive model for the Highways England strategic road network in Oxfordshire. The model predicts not only traffic but also emissions, with a real-time, traffic-linked pollution dispersion model. This delivery uses a large-scale model of the county of Oxfordshire that is connected in real-time to ITS systems and uses traffic simulation to reduce congestion and harmful, traffic-related emissions.

The model was delivered for the Network Emissions/Vehicle Flow Management Adjustment (NEVFMA) project, funded by Highways England and delivered by Aimsun in partnership with EarthSense, Siemens Mobility and Oxfordshire County Council. NEVFMA uses the Aimsun Live solution to generate short-term predictions for traffic and nitrogen dioxide (NO2) dispersion to help traffic centre operators make the most effective traffic management decisions.

Initial Analysis at the end of 2019, of the 57% of the days evaluated emissions exceeded the annual legal average. On 65% of the days evaluated the system recommended a different traffic management strategy than a do nothing scenario, to bring Emissions back in line, and on those occasions, emissions were predicted to be on average 5% lower if a chosen strategy was deployed.

Further data has been analysed since April since UK traffic bounced back with lock down easing, and further data will be analysed during the summer in time for the conference!

Keith Manston – ARTSM

Awaiting Synopsis

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The Symposium has had a parallel exhibition for many years and features the main companies working in traffic control. Entry to the exhibition is free for Symposium delegates.

Here are the currently confirmed exhibitors:

  • AGD
  • Aimsun
  • Aldridge Traffic Systems
  • Clearview Intelligence
  • Coeval
  • Dynniq
  • JCT Consultancy
  • Highways News
  • NAL
  • NOW Wireless
  • PTV
  • Siemens Mobility
  • Sm@rt Technology
  • Smart Video & Sensing
  • Swarco Traffic
  • SRL
  • Telent
  • TRP
  • TWM Traffic Control Systems
  • Vivacity Labs
  • Westcotec

Event Sponsors for 2021

Several major companies are kindly sponsoring events at the Symposium and Exhibition enhancing networking and subsidising key events.

The following are kindly supported by our sponsors:

  • Gala Dinner (Wednesday Evening) - Siemens Mobility
  • Barbecue Night (Tuesday Evening) - Aldridge Traffic
  • Wednesday Lunch - SRL
  • Wednesday Night Drinks Reception - Swarco
  • Evening Social Networking on Tuesday and Wednesday - Aimsun, ARTSM, Dynniq, NAL, Swarco, SRL, TRP, JCT Consultancy
  • Delegate Goody Bags - Dynniq
  • Lanyards - PTV

Accommodation and Options

The following accommodation and options are available:

  • If you would like to book your attendance as a package we can offer multiple accommodation choices. Accommodation can be booked through JCT via one of the booking methods below.
  • A Barbecue Night will be held on the Tuesday night before the Symposium. Tickets for the Barbecue Night are available when booking for £19.50 + VAT per delegate.
  • The Gala Dinner will be held on Wednesday evening. Tickets for Symposium attendees are available when booking for £26.50 + VAT.


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