Benchmarking National Highways' performance and efficiency


One of our core activities is to benchmark National Highways' performance and efficiency across its own regional areas or against comparable organisations.

Benchmarking plays an important role in ensuring that we can:

  • assess National Highways' performance and efficiency
  • highlight both good and bad areas of performance
  • identify where efforts would be best focused to improve outcomes for road users.

One of the major objectives of our benchmarking work is to inform the development of each five-yearly road investment strategy (RIS). For example, benchmarking informs our assessment of whether National Highways' Strategic Business Plan is challenging and deliverable within the applicable funding envelope, and helps in the development of the Performance Specification for each road period.

Each year we publish an update of our regional performance benchmarking series. In our latest report we report on the performance of National Highways’ regions in the second year of road period 2 (RP2) which covers the financial years 2020-21 to 2024-25. 

Our latest report includes 25 indicators relating to five of the six RIS2 outcome areas of:

  1. improving safety for all
  2. providing fast and reliable journeys
  3. a well maintained and resilient network
  4. meeting the needs of all road users
  5. delivering better environmental outcomes. 

Alongside the main report we have published summary performance dashboards for each region.