Since 2019, the Road Expert Panel has been supporting ORR by contributing expert insight on highways sector issues, supporting how ORR monitors and scrutinises National Highways’ performance and efficiency.
This has included input on a range of issues including National Highways’ asset management capability and delivery, planning for the next road investment strategy and National Highways’ net zero carbon plan.
The Road Expert Panel also helps ORR understand the issues affecting the sector; good regulatory practice; the use of technology, including AI, autonomous vehicles, and digital roads; and issues related to climate change, the environment and biodiversity.
Four new members join four returning experts after a public recruitment campaign at the end of 2021.
The Panel will meet three or four times a year.
The next meeting will take place in March to consider ORR’s emerging key messages ahead of the publication of its Annual Assessment of National Highways in July.
Sneha Patel, Deputy Director of Highways, said: