Designated funds

Environment and wellbeing fund

We know that there’s a need to balance people’s reliance on our roads with doing all we can to protect and improve the environment.

This fund is helping us operate our business in an environmentally responsible way, while making sure sustainability shapes our work from start to finish. It has nine themes which support our vision of a greener, more sustainable, road network:

Biodiversity – Ensuring there is no net loss of biodiversity across our activities by 2025, progressing towards our target of delivering a net gain in biodiversity by 2040.

Noise – Minimising noise to improve the quality of life and wellbeing of the people living near our roads.

Air quality – Reducing concentrations of harmful pollutants in the air to protect the health of our neighbours and road users.

Flooding – Reducing flooding on our roads and minimising flood risks to the communities who live alongside them.

Water quality – Stopping harmful discharges running off our roads in to ground and surface water, while restoring damaged and modified waterbodies.

Carbon – Support government’s ambition to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Including cutting our own direct emissions, driving our supply chain to become more energy and resource efficient and helping road users lower their carbon footprint when they travel.

Cultural heritage – Preserving sites of special historic or cultural interest near our roads, so that they can be enjoyed by future generations.

Landscape – Protecting and enhancing the character of the landscape surrounding our network, helping our roads blend in with their natural setting.

Environmental legacy – delivering better environmental, health and wellbeing outcomes from our road improvement projects, adding value long after our work is finished.