Enforcement policy for Highways England


Date published: 3 July 2015
Closing date: 25 September 2015

This was ORR's second consultation on its new Highways Monitor role. The Highways Monitor was established to monitor the performance and efficiency of Highways England (previously the Highways Agency) in its management and enhancement of the strategic road network – the motorways and major 'A' roads in England.

In addition to our monitoring functions, ORR also has enforcement powers in respect of Highways England. This document sets out how we intend to enforce compliance by Highways England with the Road Investment Strategy and statutory directions and guidance issued to it by the Secretary of State, as well as the options available to us in taking enforcement action (both statutory and non-statutory) against Highways England. We are consulting on our proposed enforcement policy and how we propose to carry out our enforcement functions.

The target audience for the consultation was all road sector stakeholders. This included road users, government, all parties involved with the management and enhancement of the strategic road network, and all those affected by it.

Final enforcement policy

Consultation documents


Aggregate Industries
Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE)
Chartered Institution for Highways and Transportation (CIHT)
Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA)
Department for Transport (DfT)
Highways England
Highways Term Maintenance Association (HTMA)
RAC Foundation
Road Safety Foundation
Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA)
Sheffield City Region Combined Authority
Transport Focus

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