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It's a date – the PPRS in Nice, France, March 26-28, 2018
The first Pavement Preservation and Recycling Summit (PPRS) took place in Paris in February 2015. This event, with more than 1,000 participants, represented an essential milestone for the road community in Europe and beyond.
With its impressive programme, it highlighted the necessity to better preserve and maintain road infrastructure and urban road networks, as fundamental support towards the mobility of people and goods.
This event gave public and private stakeholders the opportunity to present a variety of initiatives related to governance strategies, financing, new contract models, as well as new and innovative techniques and materials.
A large number of testimonies from all continents prove that there is currently a wide consensus among participants, users and contractors - both from industry and the public sector - to stress the necessity of preventing our roads from experiencing irreversible degradation. This view is shared worldwide in industrialised and emerging countries and expectations are high.
The European Union Road Federation (ERF) was one of the major supporters of the PPRS Paris event. In October 2016, in line with the PPRS 2015, the ERF organised in Leeds the 1st European Road Infrastructure Congress (ERIC). This congress gave participants the opportunity to explore three major themes: road safety, delivery of the road infrastructure and adaptation of the roads to technological changes and innovations.
Both events came to similar conclusions: in this period of massive challenges related to the future mobility models, the road infrastructure today more than ever must be prepared to tackle them, be proactive and propose solutions for making our roads ready for the future and provide road users with the public service they expect by planning the infrastructure for the people.
This, however, cannot be done without proper efficient management and maintenance of road infrastructure.
Therefore, together with other major international organisations, such as PIARC and IBEF, the ERF has decided to support the initiative of the French associations USIRF and IDRRIM to organise a second PPRS Congress that will take place March 26-28, 2018 in Nice, France.
The objective of this second PPRS Congress is to analyse and examine the state-of-the-art on road maintenance and modernization; to identify best practices in terms of policy, economy, finance, techniques and the environment; and to highlight opportunities offered by innovative technologies and the new related services provided by the road sector.
By doing so, we will be able to propose concrete and sustainable solutions to the joint challenges of maintaining and upgrading our roads. We will also contribute to ensure tomorrow’s mobility and to foster social and economic development worldwide.