Rebranding Highways of England to National Highways with England Roads Only continuing to be managed | UK news

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The motorways of England will be rebranded for the second time in six years, and will be known as National Motorways.

The authority, formerly known as the Highway Authority, will remain responsible only for highways and major roads in England, but.


Major roads in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have their own operating facilities.

“When drivers are stuck in congestion on potholed roads, they don’t care whether it’s a fat control device from the Highways Agency, Highways England or National Highways, they just want to sort the roads.”

AA President Edmund King

Asked about the cost of rebranding – and how long it would take – a spokesperson said: “The business will be run internally where possible, while keeping the cost to the taxpayer in the forefront of our minds, to a minimum.

“The changes to the brand will be minimal and will be implemented over time as part of routine maintenance and refurbishment.”

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 include the countries of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

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

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

“When drivers are stuck in congestion on potholed roads, they don’t care whether it’s a fat control device from the Highways Agency, Highways England or National Highways, they just want to sort the roads.”

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

Transport Minister Grant Shapps said: “Nick will lead motorways England into an exciting new chapter, as they evolve into national motorways and advance our £27 billion plan to improve our roads and make journeys safer, smoother and greener.”

England’s motorways have come under fire in recent years for their Smart Highway project, which involves using the hard shoulder as a live lane.

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Freeways have been linked to higher rates of fatal accidents – an independent report found that when all lanes were open to traffic, there was Increased 216% chance of being involved in a direct path disruption.

Motorways England insist that the roads are at least as safe as traditional motorways.


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