ORR’s role and approach to RIS3

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We are seeking views on our proposed approach to assessing the challenge and deliverability of plans for the third road investment strategy - RIS3.

The road investment strategy (RIS) is the government’s long-term strategy for the management and improvement of the strategic road network (SRN) in England.

As the Highways Monitor, we:

  • advise the government on the extent to which plans for the next road period achieve the right balance of being challenging and deliverable, particularly in respect of efficiency
  • we also advise the government on the framework of performance requirements and targets that National Highways needs to achieve 
  • we ensure that National Highways meets the obligations in its licence that relate to the setting of the RIS

In preparation for the RIS3 process, we have set out how we intend to conduct our activities and the evidence we intend to use to inform our assessments. We are seeking feedback on our proposed approach, set out in more detail in our consultation document Road Investment Strategy 3: Our Role and Approach.

We also recognise that stakeholders in the RIS3 development process may be able to provide useful information to feed into our assessments, such as evidence on the costs of delivering road maintenance or road improvements against which we can benchmark National Highways’ plans.

Our role is not to set roads policy or determine RIS3 investment priorities. The Department for Transport will hold a formal consultation on proposals later in the RIS3 development process. 

If you would like to find out more information about the SRN and investment priorities then visit National Highways’ website (Our route strategies - National Highways).

Responding to this consultation

Please send your response by email to RIS3consultation@orr.gov.uk. Alternatively, you can send your response to:

ORR RIS3 consultation
Economics and Policy team
Highways Monitor
Office of Rail and Road
25 Cabot Square
E14 4QZ

The consultation will run until Friday 28 January 2022. We will consider all the views put to us and plan to publish our approach in spring 2022.

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We plan to publish all responses to this consultation on our website.

Should you wish for any information that you provide to be treated as confidential, please be aware that this may be subject to publication, or release to other parties or to disclosure, in accordance with the access to information regimes. These regimes are primarily the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA), the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR,) the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA) and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

Under the FOIA, there is a statutory code of practice with which public authorities must comply and which deals, amongst other things, with obligations of confidence. In view of this, if you are seeking confidentiality for information you are providing, please explain why. If we receive a request for disclosure of the information, we will take full account of your explanation, but we cannot give an assurance that confidentiality can be maintained in all circumstances. An automatic confidentiality disclaimer generated by your IT system will not, of itself, be regarded as binding on ORR.

If you are seeking to make a response in confidence, we would also be grateful if you would annex any confidential information, or provide a non-confidential summary, so that we can publish the non-confidential aspects of your response.

Any personal data you provide to us will be used for the purposes of this consultation and will be handled in accordance with our privacy notice which sets out how we comply with the General Data Protection Regulation and Data Protection Act 2018.


In responding to this consultation you consent to us:

  • handling your personal data for the purposes of this consultation;
  • publishing your response on our website (unless you have indicated to us that you wish for your response to be treated as confidential as set out above.)

Your consent to either of the above can be withdrawn at any time. Further information about how we handle your personal data and your rights is set out in our privacy notice.

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So that we are able to apply web standards to content on our website, we would prefer that you email us your response either in Microsoft Word format or OpenDocument Text (.odt) format. ODT files have a fully open format and do not rely on any specific piece of software.

If you send us a PDF document, please:

  • create it directly from an electronic word-processed file using PDF creation software (rather than as a scanned image of a printout); and
  • ensure that the PDF's security method is set to no security in the document properties.