We are Highways England
The Lower Thames Crossing is a Highways England project, which is part of the biggest investment in the country’s road network for a generation.
Highways England is the government company charged with operating, maintaining and improving England’s motorways and major A roads.
It became a government company in April 2015.
Highways England’s road network totals around 4,300 miles. While this represents only 3% of all roads in England by length, they carry a third of all traffic by mileage and two thirds of all heavy goods traffic.
Highways England’s ambition is to ensure our major roads are more dependable, durable and – most importantly – safe. It works hard to make sure the road network is:
- free flowing – where routine delays are infrequent and journeys are reliable
- safe and serviceable – where no one should be harmed when travelling or working
- accessible and integrated – so people are free to choose their mode of transport and can move safely across and alongside our roads
It aims to:
- support economic growth with a modern and reliable road network that reduces delays, creates jobs, helps business and opens up new areas for development
- ensure its activities result in a long-term and sustainable benefit to the environment
Learn more about Highways England.
Right now, Highways England teams are hard at work on all kinds of ambitious projects across the country’s strategic road network.
From transforming people’s experience of existing roads, to unlocking an area’s economy by creating a whole new route, to breaking ground with tech-enabled smart motorways – we are innovators and pioneers.
Highways England will deliver £15 billion of investment on the road network as described in the government’s Road Investment Strategy. This includes £11 billion of capital funding committed between 2015 and 2020, as set out in its Strategic Business Plan.