Highways England – Forward Thinking, Vision Driven, Connected Roads for England

December 2017 has been a busy month for Highways England, publishing two future-focused reports – Strategic Road Network Initial Report and Connecting the Country.

Highways England is on a mission to revolutionise our strategic roads to create a modern Strategic Road Network (SRN) that supports a modern Britain. The SRN Initial Report outlines Highways England’s vision and objectives for 2020-2025 as well as reviewing the progress in the first few years of the first road period (2015-2020). The organisation’s customer focused and action-oriented approach has meant that England’s SRN is now one of the safest in the world. Highways England are looking to build upon this in the second road period, with a variety of aspirations. At techUK, we are particularly excited about the aspirations to “build the smart motorway spine of the network” and “prepare for the future”, as these objectives tie in closely with the SmarterUK initiative’s Transport group.

Connecting the Country pulls together trends in demand, infrastructure and vehicles, sets out potential future scenarios, and provides longer-term thematic plans inspired by the company’s guiding principles – Safety, Customer and Delivery.

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Together the reports balance future-facing visions and objectives with an understanding of current infrastructure needs and priorities. At a recent workshop looking at how technology and data can unlock new potential across our transport system, techUK members explored new solutions to support Highways England’s maintenance strategy. Discussing novel ways to maximise efficiency and productivity across the network, members were given an opportunity to explore the principles set out in these reports in more detail. If you would like to find out more about outputs from the workshop contact Jessica Russell.

Highways England is responsible for the roads in the SRN that carry over 4 million vehicles every day. These millions of vehicles make up one third of all traffic and over two thirds of all freight. Highways England appears to be working hard to place itself at the forefront of future-proofing England’s SRN.

techUK is highly supportive of these efforts and looks forward to working more closely with Highways England going into 2018.

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