Since the launch of Highways England in April there has been a noticeable shift towards joint working between the new government-owned operator of the strategic road network and local highways authorities.
This has been seen most clearly in the signing of ‘formalised’ relationships, first reported by Transport Network, with various local authorities, particularly the first Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed with Greater Manchester.
Similarly agreements have been seen elsewhere in Kent for instance and more can be expected in due course. Cornwall in particular is keen to sign up, as is Derby.
However these formal agreements are not by any means the only advances in joint working. Collaborative projects are taking place across the country from joint highways planning to technical developments and allied working to help unlock development.
Here is a round up if some of the most interesting Highways England schemes taking place.