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No one should be harmed when travelling or working on our highways

By taking a holistic approach to health and safety, Highways England aims for ‘no one harmed when travelling or working on our road network.’

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At Highways England we put safety first. Our health and safety approach sets out how we will deliver improvements in health, safety and wellbeing for our staff, suppliers and road users.

4 million road users take to our roads each day, taking journeys totalling 85 billion miles per year. At any one time there are approximately 3,000 construction workers, 6,000 maintenance workers and 200 traffic officers working on our network of motorways major roads.

We cannot eliminate risk on our road network. We can however recognise it, assess it, and ensure people are protected as much as possible.

By the end of 2020 we aim for a 40% reduction in the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads. By 2040 we want to get this number as close to zero as possible.

Published 5 November 2015