The Highways of England will again be called National Highways while only the roads in England are managed | News in the UK

The Highways of England will be reinstated for the second time in six years, and will be known as the National Highway.

The body, formerly known as the Highways Authority, is only responsible for motorways and major A-roads England, however.

The major roads in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland all have their own operating outfits.

“When drivers are stuck in jams on roads without pots, they don’t care if the fat manager is from the Highways Agency, Highways England or National Highway, they just want the roads sorted.”

AA president Edmund King

Asked how much retirement will cost – and how long it will take – a spokesman said: “Management is managed in -house where possible and, keeping the cost to the taxpayer at the forefront of our thinking, will be kept to a minimum.

“Brand changes will be small and carried out over time as part of regular maintenance and renewal.”

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 cover the countries of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

“Drivers really don’t care what it’s called but they care about having smooth, safe roads and motorways.

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

“When drivers are stuck in jams on roads without pots, they don’t care if the fat manager is from the Highways Agency, Highways England or National Highway, they just want the roads sorted.”

Nick Harris, who has been managing Highways England temporarily since February, will lead the rebranded company.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “Nick will be driving the Highways of England into an exciting new chapter, as it evolves into the National Highway and delivers on our £ 27 billion plan to improve our roads and make it more safer, smoother and greener trips. “

The Highways of England have been criticized in recent years for smart motorway projects, which involve using a stiff shoulder as a live line.

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Motorways have been linked to higher rates of fatal accidents – an independent report found that when all lines are open to traffic there is a 216% increased chance of being involved in a live line breakdown.

Highways of England insist the roads are even as safe as conventional motor roads.

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