Harris defends smart motorway safety

The Chief Executive of National Highways has explained that plans to improve safety on smart motorways have been implemented, and that statistics show they are as safe or safer than conventional motorways. Answering questions at the Commons Transport Committee, Nick Harris pointed to additional signage, information campaigns and stopped vehicle detection technology, and said the […]

Nick Harris to face Transport Committee over road upgrades, smart motorways and safety

National Highways CEO Nick Harris will be questioned by the cross-party Commons Transport Committee tomorrow (24 January), which will ask for updates on findings of its 2023 report on the government-owned company’s investments in maintaining and upgrading the network. The report concluded company’s five-year Road Investment Strategies (RIS) were over budget and delayed “due to […]

Highlights from our 2023 podcasts on the last Highways Voices of the year

Why would a highways and transport technology-focussed podcast have discussed dehumidifiers, fast fashion and taking a shop’s takings to Barclays? Because all, in their own way, can be used as examples of things that affect our industry, and you’ll find out why if you listen to this quick round-up of some of our content from […]

Roads Minister Richard Holden and National Highways CEO Nick Harris on today’s Highways Voices

We hear from the Roads and Local Transport Minister and the CEO of National Highways on a busy Highways Voices from Highways UK 2023 today. These are brought to you thanks to the sponsorship of AGD Systems and Traffic Group Signals, Kiely Bros, Re-flow, Stantec and Yunex Traffic. In the podcast from Birmingham’s NEC, Richard Holden MP tells Paul Hutton about the National […]

Harris talks of rebuilding, not roadbuilding

The Chief Executive of National Highways has told a packed auditorium at Highways UK that there will be no announcement of new roads in the next Road Investment Strategy, RIS3, and that this is now a time for “rebuilding, not road building,” to help our country to grow. In his keynote address at the major […]

Harris admits SVD might take months more to fully work on smart motorways

National Highways CEO Nick Harris has admitted that smart motorways’ safety technology will not work properly for another five months. The Telegraph quotes Mr Harris’s appearance in front of the Transport Select Committee in which he said, “Many of the schemes are not meeting the very challenging performance specifications we set. It is working and […]

A flavour of Day 1 of Highways UK

Thousands of our industry colleagues have gathered in Hall 1 of Birmingham’s NEC for Day 1 of the huge Highways UK event, and we’ve been gathering a flavour of the event on Highways Voices. These podcasts are brought to you thanks to the support of Re-flow, Kier Highways, Causeway Technologies, Navtech Radar and SWARCO. In today’s podcast we hear some of […]

Harris confirms LTC DCO submission

The CEO of National Highways has announced that a new Development Consent Order for the Lower Thames Crossing has been submitted. Speaking at the major Highways UK event at Birmingham’s NEC, Nick Harris (pictured) told delegates in the keynote session that the scheme, which has been delayed over planning matters, is incredibly important for connectivity […]

National Highways CEO personally welcomes cost-saving intern to full-time role

An intern who saved National Highways thousands of pounds in just three months with his computer know-how has now been given a permanent position – and was given a personal welcome to the business by the Chief Executive Nick Harris. During just a three-month internship, data science student Vadims Seimanovs developed a computer chatbot that […]

National Highways names new Executive Director for Operations

National Highways has appointed Duncan Smith to the role of Executive Director for Operations full time. He joined the company in 2017 first as Regional Director and then more recently as Transformation Director. Previously, he held several senior positions in infrastructure companies. Mr Smith has been covering the role on an interim basis since February […]


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