Exclusive: Highways England to formalise new understandings with councils


Highways England plans to develop a ‘multi-layered’ relationship with local authorities centred on individual strategic memorandums of understanding (MOU) with key councils or groups of councils, Transport Network can reveal.

The first such MOU is likely to be with Transport for the North, which announced the intention in its recent Northern Powerhouse strategy report to Government.

Transport Network can now reveal that Greater Manchester is also in talks with Highways England about a city-region MOU to put the relationship on a more strategic footing. 

Strategy and planning director at the Highways England, Ginny Clarke, revealed that the company would be attempting to establish MOUs as part of a tiered range of relationships with local authorities, some more formalised than others.

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