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The Highways Agency has today published its business plan, which sets out how it will operate, maintain and improve the 4,300-mile network of motorways and trunk roads in England in the year ahead

For the coming financial year, key highlights in the Highways Agency's Business Plan include:

* Continuing to deliver the programme of major road improvement schemes efficiently, bringing significant benefits to road users and the national and regional economies. Subject to statutory processes, we plan to start work on four major road schemes in 2012/13: M6 J5 to J8 managed motorway; dualling of the A11 between Fiveways and Thetford in Norfolk; M1 J32 to 35a managed motorway; and widening of the A453 in Nottinghamshire.

* The first of the new Asset Support Contracts (ASCs), which will deliver increased value for money in operating and maintaining the strategic road network, going live in mid-2012.

* Commencement of the procurement process for free-flow charging at Dartford.

* Taking forward investment on the A14, to reduce congestion and increase resilience, including junction improvements.

* Staffing a dedicated, full-time Olympic command centre for the Games.

* Leading the delivery of a number of elements of the joint CLEAR (Collision, Lead, Evaluate, Act and Reopen) initiative to reduce the inconvenience caused by motorway incidents.

* Delivering the first elements of an integrated asset management system, which will provide better information for decision-making for maintenance and renewal activity.

Last year, the Highways Agency announced a series of measures designed to make it easier for the public to judge its performance. Two further indicators will be added this year - a customer satisfaction measure, and severity-weighted accident frequency rate to help improve safety for road workers, by including the severity of an incident in the measure as well as the frequency.

Graham Dalton, Highways Agency Chief Executive, said:

"The coming year is our first under reduced budgets set in the 2010 spending review. We have been preparing, and have plans and contracts in place that mean we are ready."

Written by Scott Buckler
Tuesday, 27 March 2012 14:02

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