Policy paper

Roads reform: transforming our strategic roads summary

Summarises the reasons for change, how the new regime will work and the benefits the change will offer to road users and the wider nation.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government


Transforming our strategic roads: a summary

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This paper offers a summary of the case for roads management reform and transformation of the Highways Agency into a government-owned company. It provides an overview of the governance structure for the new company, including how the various elements fit with the legislation in the Infrastructure Bill.

This document summarises the government’s plans for changing the way England’s strategic road network is managed and run. It explains:

  • the main problems we are trying to address
  • what is involved in changing the Highways Agency into a government-owned company
  • how the new company will be governed
  • the benefits of these reforms
Published 23 June 2014
Last updated 10 December 2014 + show all updates
  1. Added updated document which includes further details about the 'Road investment strategy', issued on 1 December 2014, and the role and accountability of ministers in the new model.
  2. Added updated document to include further details about how we would make sure the company fulfils responsibilities on issues including safety and the environment, the roles of the watchdog and monitor and how the new company would be held to account to government and Parliament.
  3. First published.