Highways England to be renamed National Highways while only managing the roads of England | UK News

Highways England to be renamed National Highways while only managing the roads of England |  UK News

Highways England will change its name for the second time in six years and will be known as National Highways.

The body, formerly known as the Highways Authority, will only be responsible for highways and major A roads in England, but nevertheless.

The main roads in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have their own operational team.

“When drivers are stuck in traffic jams on bumpy roads, they don’t care if the fat driver is from the Highways Agency, Highways England or National Highways, they just want the roads to be neat.”

AA President Edmund King

When asked how much the rebrand will cost, and how long it will take, a spokesperson said: “The work will be managed internally whenever possible and, keeping cost to the taxpayer at the forefront of our minds, will be kept to a minimum. .

“Changes to the brand will be minimal and will take place over time as part of routine maintenance and renovation.”

AA President Edmund King said the name change was “a strange move.”

He said: “It is not national in the sense that it does not cover the nations of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.”

“Drivers don’t really care what it’s called, but they do care about having safe, well-maintained roads and highways.

“Ironically, many people still refer to it as the Highway Agency despite having changed its name six years ago.

“When drivers are stuck in traffic jams on bumpy roads, they don’t care if the fat driver is from the Highways Agency, Highways England or National Highways, they just want the roads to be neat.”

Nick Harris, who has been in charge of Highways England temporarily since February, will head the renowned company.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “Nick will take Highways England to an exciting new chapter, as he evolves into National Highways and fulfills our £ 27 billion plan to improve our roads and make travel more safer, smoother and more ecological “.

Highways England has come under fire in recent years for its smart motorway project, which involves using the hard shoulder as an active lane.

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Highways have been linked to higher rates of fatal accidents: an independent report found that when all lanes were open to traffic there was a 216% more likely to be involved in a live lane failure.

Highways England insists that the roads are at least as safe as conventional highways.

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