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Government & Highways Agencies
Highways England is the government company charged with operating, maintaining and improving England’s motorways and major A roads.
Formerly the Highways Agency, Highways England became a government company in April 2015.
The road network totals around 4,300 miles. While this represents only 2% of all roads in England by length, these roads carry a third of all traffic by mileage and two thirds of all heavy goods traffic.
Highways England will deliver £15 billion of investment on our road network as described in the government’s Road Investment strategy.
This includes £11 billion of capital funding committed between 2015 and 2020 – as set out in our Strategic Business Plan.
Highways England’s ambition is to ensure our major roads are more dependable, durable and most importantly – are safe and work hard to make sure our road network is:
- free flowing – where routine delays are infrequent and journeys are reliable
- safe and serviceable – where no-one should be harmed when travelling or working
- accessible and integrated – so people are free to choose their mode of transport and can move safely across and alongside our roads
Highways England further aim is to support economic growth with a modern and reliable road network that reduces delays, creates jobs, helps business and opens up new areas for development and ensure our activities result in a long term and sustainable benefit to the environment