The Highways Monitor

ORR are responsible for monitoring and enforcing the performance and efficiency of Highways England (which was previously the Highways Agency) and is delivering this through its Highways function.

Highways England maintains, renews, operates and improves the strategic road network – the motorways and main 'A' roads in England. Our Highways role has been established to place a greater level of scrutiny on the company than has been the case in the past. We hold Highways England to account for its management of the strategic road network – including delivery of performance and efficiency. We also advise the UK Government on the levels of funding and performance requirements for future road periods to help frame challenging and deliverable performance and efficiency requirements.

Measuring performance of England’s strategic roads: what users want

Joint research report by ORR and Transport Focus into what road users want from England’s motorways and major A roads, and how they would like to see that measured and reported to help boost performance.

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Economic monitoring

The Highways Monitor is a function within the Office of Rail and Road (ORR). We are the independent monitor of Highways England and its management of the strategic road network – the motorways and main 'A' roads in England.

Road enforcement powers

This page contains the Office of Rail and Road's (ORR) enforcement policy for Highways England. It sets out how we will enforce Highways England’s compliance with its statutory duties.


Publications and correspondence related to the Highways Monitor in this section.


Our current policy consultations.