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Highways England is the name, more road investment is the game

A decade ago the idea of a big road programme in England seemed fanciful but Highways England, the Government’s new strategic roads company, will have billions of pounds to spend on capacity enhancements over the next five years, with an expectation of much more to come

Andrew Forster
17 December 2014
Free flow: Highways England isn’t being given a target to reduce journey delays – the Government says there are too many factors outside its control
Free flow: Highways England isn’t being given a target to reduce journey delays – the Government says there are too many factors outside its control

 

Ministers announced last week that Highways England will be the name of the new Government company that takes over the running of the strategic road network from the Highways Agency on the 1 April. The name may not excite but the company will need to be fully energised to deliver the Government’s ambitious plans for a big increase in expenditure on England’s motorways and trunk roads.    

The new company will benefit from a long-term funding settlement – a six-year...

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