Roads reform: management of the strategic road network

Outlines reforms to the management of motorways and major roads in England.

These documents outline the reforms which government is making to our motorways and major roads. We want to create a strategic road network which:

  • gives road users the best quality of service
  • supports economic growth
  • improves the lives of our citizens

To achieve this we need a road operator that can work fast and efficiently, provide better customer service and get value for money from investment.

To meet our aims we are changing the way the strategic road network is managed and run, by:

  • turning the Highways Agency into a government-owned strategic highways company which operates more flexibly and efficiently
  • putting in place a governance system for the new strategic highways company, which holds it to account whilst giving it the freedom to operate on a day-to-day basis
  • introducing a new, long-term ‘Road investment strategy’, setting out a clear vision and a stable, long-term plan and performance expectations
  • setting up an independent watchdog and monitor, to represent the interests of road users, and to monitor and improve the new strategic highways company
  • introducing legislation through the Infrastructure Act to underpin these reforms, creating the legal framework and a stable foundation for highways investment

Research and analysis

  1. Road traffic forecasts 2015

    • Research and analysis
  2. Road transport forecasts 2013

    • Research and analysis


  1. Transforming the Highways Agency into a government-owned company

    • Consultation outcome