FTA: Improved information on roadworks is essential

15th July 2016

FTA: Improved information on roadworks is essential

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has responded to the first annual assessment of the performance of Highways England and has agreed with many of the conclusions of the Office of Rail and Road (ORR).

Most notably, the FTA welcomes the call by the ORR for Highways England to publish enhanced information regarding upcoming road maintenance works, as data in this area has been lacking to date.

The body stated that the certainty of funding during the first road period of the agency has been extremely welcome, with £1.8 billion of the body's £11.4 billion budget to the end of the decade spent in 2015-16.

However, the lack of reliable information on where coming investment in UK road transport improvements will be made is a hindrance to the effective planning of many of the nation's logistics and haulage operators. Improvements in this area would therefore be well received.

FTA head of road network management policy Malcolm Bingham commented: "It is good to see that Highways England has made a positive start within its first year.  

"We can see that satisfaction in the performance of the network will improve if motorists and businesses are better informed as to how the road system will operate."

He added that unreliable information can have a significant cost impact for businesses, with UK hauliers losing £1 for every minute that a vehicle is stuck in congestion on the nation's roads.