17 November 2021

New look National Highways replaces Highways England

Highways England and the Department for Transport has announced recently that Highways England will change its name to National Highways, heralding a new era for strategic roads.
This reflects the new focus that the company has on delivering the government’s £27bn strategic roads investment programme while continuing to set highways standards for the UK. The strategic road network will play a key role in levelling up the UK by connecting England’s regions, ports and international trade corridors.
To oversee this programme and its implementation, a new Chief Executive has been confirmed. Nick Harris takes up the role, with the stated objectives to lead the organisation as it delivers this significant investment and looks towards future opportunities offered by automation and digitisation, as well as delivering the government’s net-zero target.
Nick joined Highways England in 2016 and has been Acting CE since February 2021. His experience in deploying large scale contracting and supply chain management, coupled with extensive operational delivery expertise is deemed essential to take the company forward, with a particular focus on continued road safety improvements. Nick is tasked with transforming National Highways into a global leader in road building and maintenance, delivering world-class health and safety.
Highways England Chair, Dipesh J Shah OBE, comments: “Now more than ever our infrastructure schemes have an important and perhaps unique role to play in helping our economy to recover. Nick’s steady hand through the last few months helps us on our journey to transform how we work with the supply chain, how we deliver our net-zero carbon and realise our digitalisation ambitions.”

Committed to progress, innovation and efficiency, Traffic Safety & Management has an established reputation for leading the way in the digital revolution within traffic management and was the first traffic management company in the UK to achieve ISO 9001:2015 for our cloud-based paperless system. We have an unblemished record for health and safety and look forward to supporting National Highways’ objectives to become a global leader focused on road building and road safety improvements.
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We have always been committed to the highest standards of health and safety, and now, instead of using Alcumus as our Health and Safety Advisor, we operate this function in-house. This sees us providing ongoing training and development to our staff to ensure we are able to efficiently respond to any changes in health and safety legislation. Immensely proud of our immaculate safety record, we constantly monitor our teams to ensure that the most current safety requirements are being adhered to and implemented.

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GOV.UK - Nick Harris appointed Chief Executive at new-look ‘National Highways’