Complaints procedure

How to make a complaint about Highways England

If you’re unhappy with any part of the service we provide, we want to hear about your experiences so we can learn from them and improve.

Before you begin

Highways England manages motorways and major trunk roads in England. We are not able to respond to queries about roads we do not manage, so please check our responsibilities and the roads we manage before you start.

Complaints regarding traffic and transport regulations, legislation and policy should be addressed to the Department for Transport.

FOI and Environmental Information complaints

We have a separate procedure for complaints about Freedom of Information releases and Environmental Information regulations.

FOI EIR leaflet

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How to complain

Set out your complaint clearly, including relevant dates, times and locations. Send it to us at info@highwaysengland.co.uk.

Our customer contact centre will always try to resolve your complaint at the first point of contact. We aim to respond to all queries within 15 working days. If we’re going to take longer, we’ll let you know why and when we can reply.

You can alternatively contact us by phone on 0300 123 5000 (local rate call). If you prefer to send a letter, the address is:

Highways England
National Traffic Operations Centre
3 Ridgeway
Quinton Business Park
Birmingham
B32 1AF

Unreasonable complaints

If a complaint becomes unreasonable we may require you to contact us in a particular way. We’ll let you know if we believe your complaint is unreasonable – usually if you:

  • refuse to follow our complaints procedure
  • refuse to be specific or continually change the basis of your complaint
  • make excessive demands on staff resource
  • submit repeated complaints on the same issue
  • use abusive language

Stage 1: Local resolution

If our customer contact centre can’t provide an answer or you aren’t happy with their initial response, they’ll ask the relevant area of our business to investigate and respond.

Stage 2: Director review

If you’re unhappy with the response provided by the relevant business area, you can ask for your complaint to be reviewed and investigated by a Highways England Director.

We will aim to send a full response within 15 working days of the date of escalation.

Stage 3: Independent review

If you’re still not happy you can ask us to refer your complaint to an Independent Complaints Assessor (ICA). Find out more information about what the ICAs cover and how to complain to them.

Parliamentary Ombudsman

If you think we have not done everything possible to resolve your complaint, you can also ask a Member of Parliament to contact us on your behalf. Or you can ask them to refer your complaint to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO).

The PHSO will expect you to have tried to resolve your complaint at the earlier stages of our complaints procedure before they look into it.

Our complaints procedure does not prejudice or prevent a referral of your complaint to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman.