Highways England will seek advice from a design panel as it gears up to deliver £11 billion worth of government investment in strategic roads over the next five years.
The panel, which has already met for the first time, have pledged to change thinking and place more emphasis on the importance of good design within the road environment.
It comprises experts from the fields of architecture, environment, heritage, design and engineering.
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:
- Embedding a design led approach as an important part of the development of all road improvement schemes
- Road schemes, network management and operations
- The development of relevant design standards and advice
- At any other time where required by the Secretary of State.
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.