Traffex 2015: Highways England to make industry splash

 

The government-owned strategic highways company, Highways England, will be at Traffex 2015 to speak directly to the UK traffic and transport industry for the first time since its launch on 1 April.

Chief executive, Graham Dalton, will be speaking at the world leading conference to discuss the priorities for the new company under its five-year £11bn delivery plan running from 2015/16 to 2020.

Built out of the Highways Agency, the new company has responsibility for England’s motorways and major A roads and as revealed by Transport Network has plans to develop a more formalised and structured relationship with local authorities based around memorandums of understanding.

Visitors to Traffex have the chance to find out more and question Highways England about the future of government investment in roads and traffic infrastructure as well as the changes that will come from the replacement of the previous Highways Agency.

Graham Dalton, chief executive of Highways England said: 'The launch of Highways England is an incredibly significant moment for those who rely on England’s motorways and major A roads.

'As well as delivering the biggest investment in major roads since the 1970s, there will be fundamental changes to the way motorways and major A roads are maintained and operated.

'We will be focussing on customers, providing better travel information before and during journeys, improving safety and reducing the impact of roadworks.

'Highways England is the organisation that will meet this challenge. We are committed to a strategic road network in England that is far safer, more free-flowing and more integrated and supports economic growth across the country.'

Committed improvements over the first five years of Highways England operation include:

· 112 major improvements, including 15 smart motorway projects providing an extra 450km of capacity, and resurfacing the majority of the network

· Providing a more accessible road system delivering over 150 new cycling facilities and crossings, including 40 by the end of next year, and cycle-proofing new schemes

· Reducing the number of people killed or seriously injured on the network by 40% from the 2010 baseline

For free tickets or more information about Traffex and Parkex 2015 please visit www.traffex.com orwww.parkex.co.uk. Click here to view the Traffex Exhibitor List or the Parkex Exhibitor List.

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