National Highways: ‘a new era’ for strategic roads

10.06 | 9 September 2021 |

The Government company which builds and operates the country’s motorways and major A-roads has been rebranded from Highways England, to National Highways.

The move, first announced in August, reflects the new focus the company has on delivering the Government’s £27bn strategic roads investment programme, while also continuing to set highways standards for the whole UK.

National Highways will be led by its new chief executive, Nick Harris, whose responsibility it will be to deliver the strategic roads investment.

Nick will also look towards the future opportunities offered by automation and digitisation, as well as achieving the Government’s net-zero target.

He will have a particular focus on continued road safety improvements and the transformation of National Highways as a global leader in road building and maintenance, as well as delivering world class health and safety.

Nick Harris said: “I am pleased to be taking up the reins at such an exciting time. We have achieved a great deal and there is still more to be done. 

“As we deliver the second roads investment strategy ensuring the safety of all road users, the delivery of our work and the benefits to our customers remains at the centre of our organisation.” 

Grant Shapps, transport secretary, said:  “Nick will be an excellent CEO and I’m looking forward to continuing to work closely with him as we build back better across the country. 

“Nick will steer Highways England into an exciting new chapter, as it evolves into National Highways and delivers on our £27bn plan to improve our roads and make journeys safer, smoother and greener.”



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