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Highways UK relocates from ExCeL to NEC

Organisers decided the event was better suited to the Midlands venue

Pictured: Birmingham NEC has 75 per cent of the UK population living within a three-hour drive

Highways UK is set to relocate from ExCeL London to Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre (NEC) for its second edition in November after organisers decided the event was better suited to the Midlands venue.

Organised by Essential Infrastructure Events (EIE) and supported by Highways England, Highways UK is a major event for the people and organisations involved in the planning, operation and future-proofing of the UK's road network.

Commenting on the relocation, Andrew Dowding, group MD at EIE, said: “We were delighted with the success of our launch show in London, but decided that the event was better suited to Birmingham and the NEC. The venue is located in the centre of the country’s busiest road networks, which is not only relevant to our show, but also means that our exhibitors and visitors can travel to the venue with ease. We are confident that we can deliver an even better show at the NEC this year.”

Highways UK combines keynote addresses, an industry briefings programme over three theatres and exhibition and exhibitor events, complemented by a two-day conference programme and a supper on the night of Wednesday 16 November. 

Richard Mann, business development director at the NEC, said: “Highways UK offers a fantastic opportunity for the big decision makers in the industry to meet and discuss ways to improve our road networks. It’s a particularly relevant topic for our venue because our customers tell us that transport connectivity is one of the big advantages of holding an event at the NEC. So the future of the road network is vital to their event experience and in turn, our business success.”

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