About Highways England
Formerly the Highways Agency, Highways England is a different type of organisation: better equipped to support your journeys today while investing in those of tomorrow. As well as secure long-term funding, Highways England has more freedom and flexibility than the Highways Agency, so we can better manage and improve England’s motorways and major A roads.
Why change from the Highways Agency to Highways England?
Over recent years, investment in our highways has increased, while advances in technology, such as smart motorways, mean traffic flows better. However, even more needs to be done.
Certainty of funding and greater flexibility will enable us to become a better business. In our first 5 years alone, we’ll invest £11 billion in motorways and A roads – boosting capacity, tackling congestion and improving safety.
At the same time, we’ll improve how we work. That means we’ll plan roadworks better to minimise disruption; clear incidents more quickly; and save more than £1 billion by working more efficiently.
Putting you first
Highways England has the ethos of a commercial organisation – putting value for money and great customer service at the heart of all we do. Yet we are still owned by government, so we’re always working on behalf of drivers and the country as a whole.
Two new bodies will hold us to account on your behalf. One to monitor the performance of our highways, run by the Office of Rail Regulation, and another to champion the needs of road users, called Transport Focus. With secure funding and more freedom to improve our network of motorways and A roads, Highways England will have what it takes to drive our country forward.