Highways England has set up a panel of experts to develop 'excellence in road design', as it sets about delivering £11bn worth of investment over the next five years.
The full panel comprises members from the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation, the National Trust, Campaign to Protect Rural England, Royal Institute of British Architects, Campaign for Better Transport, Landscape Institute, Prince’s Foundation, Institution of Civil Engineers, Natural England, Design Council, Institution of Structural Engineers and Historic England.
Highways England chief highways engineer Mike Wilson said: 'We’re charged with delivering less congested roads to enable swift, safe and comfortable journeys and it is important to us that our road network fits within its environment.
'We’ve already got some great road design and this an opportunity for us to take it a step further – to get input from other experts, which can only be good for Highways England as we set off on the road to becoming an exemplar of good design.'
Highways England will seek advice from the panel on issues including the development of relevant design standards and advice.
In a statement, Highways England said the panel is 'built into the Highways England licence and is an essential part of a broader vision for the future of the road network'.