ORR comments on noise near Strategic Road Network

The organisation that oversees National Highways, the Office of Rail and Road has published a comment piece about mitigating noise near the strategic road network. Haydn Gill, the ORR’s Senior Performance Analyst, Highways, writes that an estimated 187,000 people in England live in noise important areas with respect to road noise, with millions more affected. […]

ORR explains RIS3 process at ITS (UK) event

The Office of Road and Rail’s Head of Economics, Finance and Efficiency will explain the process for developing the third Road Investment Strategy at an ITS (UK) breakfast meeting this week. The event, on Tuesday 21 March, features Adam Spencer-Bickle taking members through the process. Having led ORR’s advice on the challenge and deliverability of […]

NH told to deliver better performance from Smart Motorway technology

The Office of Rail and Road says National Highways is on course to achieve its overall safety target for the Strategic Road Network in England. The company has also met its Stopped Vehicle Detection technology installation targets; however, the system is not yet meeting performance expectations. This is the first annual assessment from the ORR […]

Rating National Highways – the ORR’s report on this week’s Highways Voices

“I think in general, the company’s done pretty well, and there’s certainly been some significant successes,” says Harry Garnham of the Office and Rail and Road talking about National Highways performance on this week’s Highways Voices website. “But it’s not to say there haven’t been challenges, and there haven’t been areas where we have concerns […]

Road reform continues to deliver for road users and taxpayers, says new report

A major reform of the funding, management and oversight of England’s busiest roads has produced significant benefits, according to a new evaluation. The government’s reform programme, which began in 2014/15, has delivered better value for money for taxpayers, led to more efficient planning of road maintenance and upgrades and provided greater confidence for the supply […]

ORR beefs up scrutiny of National Highways’ plans for the next 5-year road period

National Highways must provide high quality, detailed plans for how it will operate, maintain, and improve the Strategic Road Network between 2025 and 2030, says its independent monitor the Office of Rail and Road (ORR). ORR considers this will reflect National Highways’ increased maturity as an arms-length government body, entering its third road period. As […]

ORR drives greater transparency in National Highways’ regional performance

The Office of Rail and Road, independent monitor of National Highways, has ensured steps have been taken by the government-owned company to increase the transparency of its performance at a regional level. As a result of ORR driving the need for greater transparency and data to be published, National Highways has increased the number of […]


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