Transparency data

Cost of operating the Highways Agency's motorway and A road network per vehicle mile

Input indicator, broken down by region, published annually from May 2011.


Cost of operating HA network measurement template

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Geographical coverage: England

Information broken down by: Region

Latest data

The cost of operating the strategic road network for 2011 to 2012 was 0.3 pence per vehicle mile, unchanged from the 2010 to 2011 outturn figure.

Cost of operating the Highways Agency motorway and A road network per vehicle miles

  Operating cost per vehicle mile (pence)  
  2010 to 2011 2011 to 2012
Highways Agency (England) 0.3 0.3
Yorkshire & north east 0.3 0.3
North west 0.3 0.3
West midlands 0.3 0.3
South west 0.4 0.4
South east 0.2 0.2
East midlands 0.4 0.3
East 0.3 0.4

The results show that the cost of operating the motorway and A road network when compared to usage of the network has remained constant for the past 2 years.

Background information

Operating cost variability is strongly correlated to the number of vehicle miles with high traffic levels in the south east producing the lowest value of the indicator, through to lower traffic levels in the south west producing the highest value.

Operating costs derived from the Highways Agency management accounts include: traffic officer service expenditure: A proportion of the PFI/DBFO service payments calculated from contract data: A proportion of the managing agent contractor’s routine and winter maintenance expenditure and all centrally procured electricity costs

The number of vehicle miles is derived from data in the Highways Agency traffic information system (HATRIS) database

  • publishing schedule: annually
  • last updated: July 2012
  • next update: July 2013

Further information

Published 1 July 2012