HIGHWAYS ENGLAND (formerly the HIGHWAYS AGENCY) is a government-owned company with responsibility for the operation, maintenance and improvement of the motorways and trunk roads in England. It operates information services through the provision of on-road signage and its Traffic England website, provides traffic officers to deal with incidents on its network, and manages the delivery of improvement schemes to the network.
Founded as an executive agency , it was converted into a
government-owned company on 1 April 2015. As part of this transition,
government set out its vision for the future of the strategic road
network in its Road Investment Strategy.
* 1 History
* 2 The strategic road network
* 2.1 Operational areas
* 3 Organisation
* 3.1 National Traffic Information Service (NTIS) * 3.2 Area teams * 3.3 Staff
* 4 Governance and accountability
* 4.1 Formal governance structure * 4.2 Performance monitoring
* 5 Traffic England * 6 Survive Group * 7 Historical Railways Estate * 8 See also * 9 References
* 10 External links
* 10.1 Video clips
The former Highways Agency was created as an executive agency of the
Department for Transport
As part of the Department for Transport's 2010 Spending Review
settlement, Alan Cook was appointed to lead an independent review of
the government's approach to the strategic road network. It
recognised that the Highways Agency was closer to central government
than other infrastructure operators, resulting in a lack of a
strategic vision and certainty of funding due to the wider policy
environment it operated in, as well as the limited pressure to drive
efficiencies in the way faced by regulated sectors. Following an
announcement made on 27 June 2013 by
Danny Alexander , Chief Secretary
to the Treasury , it became a government-owned company with the name
The Chief Executive, Jim O'Sullivan assumed his post on 1 July 2015, replacing Graham Dalton in that role.
THE STRATEGIC ROAD NETWORK
The M4 Motorway is managed by Highways England.
The strategic road network (SRN) - the motorways and trunk roads in England - comprises over 4,000 miles of road and includes various structures such as bridges, tunnels, drainage systems, and technology assets including variable message signs and cabling. While the SRN represents around 2% of the total road length in England, it carries around a third of all motor vehicle traffic in England.
Highways England's operations are split into six regions that are roughly based on the regions of England . These regions are subdivided into 13 operational areas. These areas are each managed and maintained by an area team and a contractor, known respectively as the Managing Agent (MA) and the Managing Agent Contractor (MAC). In addition, there are a number of sections of road that are managed under DBFO contracts separately from the area teams.
HE REGION OPERATIONAL AREA COUNTIES COVERED (WHOLE "> NTIS also has access to nearly 2,000 CCTV cameras, 300 weather stations, 4,600 roadside electronic signs, 16,000 roadside electronic matrix signals and incident data from over 250 operational partners including the police and local authorities .
It then processes this data to create useful intelligence for
operational decision making and dissemination of current and
predictive information to the public using the 4,600 roadside
variable-message signs , the
The motorway network is divided into "Areas". They are contracts that
are awarded by the
Department for Transport
GOVERNANCE AND ACCOUNTABILITY
FORMAL GOVERNANCE STRUCTURE
The Infrastructure Act 2015 established the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) as the monitor for Highways England. ORR is responsible for monitoring and enforcing the performance and efficiency of Highways England, and advising the Secretary of State for Transport on its compliance against the Road Investment Strategy and Licence. The Act also established Transport Focus (previously Passenger Focus) as its watchdog with the purpose of promoting and protecting the interests of users of the strategic road network.
TRAFFIC ENGLAND is a website that gives information about the latest traffic conditions as well as details of any roadworks or events that may cause congestion. By selecting current motorway information users can see the average speed between individual motorway junctions, what is being displayed on all the variable-message signs , and images from traffic cameras . The website is run by Highways England's National Traffic Information Service.
The Survive Group is a partnership between Highways England, the Association of Chief Police Officers ( ACPO ), the breakdown/recovery industry and other road service providers. The Survive Group has been established to improve the safety of those who work on the road network and the travelling public and is also dedicated to the promotion of driving safety. The name Survive comes from Safe Use of Roadside Verges in Vehicular Emergencies.
The Survive Group website holds information on the Survive Group membership details and activities being undertaken by the working groups. It also supplies advice on how to drive safely in a wide range of driving conditions, advice on planning journeys. Survive also provides publications and new guidance produced by the Survive members plus news on new initiatives and forthcoming road safety events.
HISTORICAL RAILWAYS ESTATE
* Highways England Traffic Officers * Transport Scotland * North and Mid Wales Trunk Road Agency * South Wales Trunk Road Agent * Department of Economy and Transport in Wales * Traffic Radio * Roads Service Northern Ireland * Survive Group * London Streets * Off-Network Tactical Diversion Route * Design Manual for Roads and Bridges * Concrete step barrier * HADECS * National Roads Telecommunications Services , also known as the NRTS, which control the variable-message signs (VMS)
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