Highways England takes control

Highways England takes control

England's roads should be among the biggest winners from a new piece of legislation.

The Infrastructure Act - which became law on February 12 - is made up of measures to make it quicker and easier to get Britain building; from transport and infrastructure projects to energy provision and housing development.

It will see the Highways Agency turn into a government-owned company, Highways England, with stable long term funding to ensure improvements on the major road network are streamlined and cost efficient.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin believes the move will have a positive impact nationwide.

He claims it will drive down costs to the taxpayer, resulting in savings of at least £2.6 billion over the course of the next 10 years, plus deliver the government's roads investment strategy, worth in the region of £15 billion, to complete more than 100 schemes between now and the end of the next Parliament.

A cycling and walking investment strategy will also be set out under Highways England.

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