Highways England has published its Delivery Plan Update for 2018 to 2019 which sets out ways to improve customer service and safety, as well as project and operational delivery of the Road Investment Strategy.
The government-owned company which is in charge of operating, maintaining and improving England’s motorways and major A-roads, has set out a number of proposals as part of ways to deliver the £15 billion plan that started in 2015 and will finish in 2020.
In the Delivery Plan Update, proposals include the delivery of major road schemes that will create extra space for traffic, ease congestion and improve journey reliability.
Already, we have seen a number of smart motorway schemes that have succeeded in doing just that, and Highways England say this year, a further eight schemes will open to traffic, 16 will be in construction, and another six will start.
Elsewhere, resurfacing work will take place to maintain and renew the existing strategic road network. This is particularly crucial given that the roads are so important for the delivery of goods and services every single day.
Those businesses that rely on roads have spoken previously about the state of the country’s roads, so Highways England has declared in the Delivery Plan Update that 1,118 lane miles will be resurfaced – which is almost the same number as the entire M1.
Technology will be used to keep drivers stuck in roadworks up to date with any news about roadworks, and overnight work will be utilised even more in order to reduce disruption during the day.
Jim O’Sullivan, Chief Executive of Highways England, said: “People understand roadworks are necessary but are also frustrated by them. At the same time we have to ensure as they drive through them that they, and our road workers, are safe.
“So we are thinking of new ways to improve journeys at the same time as keeping everyone as safe as we can. That is why over the next 12 months we will test changes to the design and operation of roadworks.”