Publication scheme

The publication scheme specifies the categories of information that Highways England publishes and explains how to get that information.

Highways England publication scheme

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOI Act) requires public authorities to adopt and maintain a publication scheme, the purpose of which is to:

  • specify the classes of information we have committed to publish
  • say how we will make that information available
  • say whether the information is available free of charge or on payment

Most of the information covered by our publication scheme will be made available on this website. If you need information in an alternative format, we will do all we reasonably can to help.

Our publication scheme follows the Information Commissioner’s model publication scheme for public authorities. About this publication scheme

This publication scheme is not a list of individual publications but rather a description of the classes or types of information that we are committed to publishing.

The scheme is not an exhaustive list of all the types of information that we publish – our policy is to publish proactively as much information as we can where the information would have a wider public interest.

The scheme does not include information that we consider to be sensitive, such as certain types of commercial or personal information, or information about security matters or which comprises legal advice.

Most Highways England publications are available on GOV.UK. Where publications are not available online, details of how to obtain hardcopies are provided.

Charging policy - is information free of charge or on payment?

Highways England publishes most information online, where it is available for you to view free of charge. If you do not have access to the internet, a printed copy of the web page(s) can be sent to you free of charge.

Current publications are available free of charge on GOV.UK.

The Department for Transport’s and Highways England’s datasets are being made available online free of charge on the DATA.GOV.UK website.

Highways England is a Crown body and our information is subject to Crown copyright administered by The Stationery Office (TSO). Re-use or reproduce our publications, e.g. commercially or for circulation for educational purposes, is permitted under the terms of the Open Government Licence.

Information not already published

If you cannot find what you want through this scheme, or otherwise on our website, you may wish to make a request to us under the FOI Act or the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR). Get information on submitting a Freedom of Information request.

Feedback and complaints about the scheme

If you would like to provide feedback about Highways England’s publication scheme, or have a specific complaint, please contact us. Classes of information

Who we are and what we do

Organisational information, locations and contacts, constitutional and legal governance. For example, what we do and office access and opening times.

What we spend and how we spend it

Financial information relating to projected and actual income and expenditure, tendering, procurement and contracts. For example, corporate reports and transparency data.

What our priorities are and how we are doing

Strategy and performance information, plans, assessments, inspections and reviews. For example, managing, improving and investing in the road network.

How we make decisions

Policy proposals and decisions. Decision making processes, internal criteria and procedures, consultations. For example, consultations.

Our policies and procedures.

Current written protocols for delivering our functions and responsibilities. For example: policies, complaints procedure and social media use.

Lists and registers

Information held in registers required by law and other lists and registers relating to the functions of the authority. For example, transparency data.

Services we offer

Advice and guidance, booklets and leaflets and media releases. For example, our announcements and publications.

Written requests

Information held by a public authority that is not published under this scheme can be requested in writing, when its provision will be considered in accordance with the provisions of the FOI Act.