Highways England is the government company charged with operating, maintaining and improving England’s motorways and major A roads. Formerly the Highways Agency, we became a government company in April 2015.
We do not manage all roads in Britain:
- local roads are managed by the relevant local authority
- Scottish roads are managed by Transport Scotland
- Welsh roads are managed by the Welsh Assembly
- London roads are managed by Transport for London
We are not an enforcement organisation. If someone is breaking the law you should contact the police on 101 – or on 999 if urgent or life threatening.
Traffic and transport legislation, regulations and policy are the remit of the Department for Transport.
We are responsible for motorways and major (trunk) roads in England. Our road network totals around 4,300 miles. While this represents only 2 per cent of all roads in England by length, these roads carry a third of all traffic by mileage and two thirds of all heavy goods traffic.
England’s major road network:
- forms the economic backbone of the country
- is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week
- is relied on by communities and businesses across the country
- We will deliver £15 billion of investment on our road network as described in the government’s Road Investment strategy. This includes £11 billion of capital funding committed between 2015 and 2020 – as set out in our Strategic Business Plan.
Our ambition is to ensure our major roads are more dependable, durable and most importantly – are safe.
We work hard to make sure our road network is:
- free flowing – where routine delays are infrequent and journeys are reliable
- safe and serviceable – where no-one should be harmed when travelling or working
- accessible and integrated – so people are free to choose their mode of transport and can move safely across and alongside our roads.
We further aim to:
- support economic growth with a modern and reliable road network that reduces delays, creates jobs, helps business and opens up new areas for development
- ensure our activities result in a long term and sustainable benefit to the environment
We have around 3,500 staff based in locations around the country. This includes a uniformed Traffic Officer Service who serve in control centres and patrol key areas of the network.
We are supported by the National Traffic Information Service. This provides information to our National Traffic Operations Centre and our 7 regional control centres.
Our regulatory bodies
Two bodies hold us to account on your behalf. Transport Focus champions the needs of road users, while the Office of Road and Rail monitors the performance of our highways.