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Highways Agency business plan 2008-09: Creating a more sustainable, reliable and safer road network

28 March 2008

RoadSafe welcomes the key measures in the new Highways Agency Annual Business Plan 2008 - 09 announced today which sets out how it will create a more sustainable, reliable and safer strategic road network. Plans include:

  • Introducing new technology to help keep traffic moving and cut delays by building on the successful trial of Active Traffic Management;
  • Developing the Highways Agency Traffic Officer Service, including letting a new contract to remove abandoned and broken-down vehicles more quickly. The service has already made a big difference to our customers, dealing with an average 850 incidents a day;
  • Developing our information services, including further roll out of Traffic Radio, wider use of CCTV and displaying travel and delay times on more variable message signs on the network.
  • Making best use of our network by using existing and new technology to tackle congestion and improve road safety, including:
  • Covering an additional 124 miles of the network with automatic queue protection equipment to warn drivers of queues ahead.
  • Researching the feasibility of introducing laser and radar technology to enhance our ability to detect incidents.
  • Introducing technology at 13 sites across the network to detect overweight lorries, as part of a partnership with VOSA and the police.
  • Introducing more HGV overtaking restrictions on appropriate stretches of the network over the next three years. This follows a successful trial on the M42, where the ban helped to keep traffic moving and reduced accidents.

A copy of the Business Plan is available here.

The Highways Agency Safety Action Plan won a Prince Michael International Road Safety Award 2007