As the watchdog for users of motorways and major ‘A’ roads (the strategic road network) managed by Highways England, we aim to ensure that the user voice is heard by those funding, planning, building and maintaining them. This involves:
- providing research on road user satisfaction via our strategic roads user survey (SRUS), the official measure of consumer satisfaction used by Highways England
- influencing policy on key issues through research, including smart motorways, roadworks and information
- ensuring that all road users voices are heard, including cyclists, pedestrians and equestrians
- campaigning on issues affecting road users, such as #sortmysign.
Our stakeholder managers, based around the country, work with Highways England’s central teams and regions, ensuring that local issues are addressed and our research recommendations are implemented. Our work includes:
- working with individual road schemes, ensuring road user needs are considered before and during roadworks
- attending regional customer working groups, representing the road user voice
- pressing for policy change, to ensure better information is available for road users online and at the roadside
- discussing our #sortmysign campaign reports, ensuring individual reports are actioned
- challenging regions to improve their satisfaction scores, using SRUS results via our datahub.
What we know about road users
In addition we convene a Road User Panel that meets quarterly to bring together a broad range of over 20 organisations with a stake in the roads agenda.
Who to complain to
If you have a specific complaint about the Strategic Road Network (SRN) or Highways England, you can complain directly.
Click here to find out how to complain to Highways England. If the road is not on the SRN then you should contact your local authority.
If you would like to make a general comment about the Strategic Road Network (SRN) or Highways England please click here.
What is the Strategic Road Network?
Download a copy of the map here: Map of the Strategic Road Network (2020)
Our incidents and roadworks research continues to help Highways England plan and deliver roadworks with less impact on road users.
As a result of our recommendations, Highways England encourages its project managers to:
- co-ordinate project plans with other local projects and infrastructure schemes
- make better use of appropriate speed limits
- make better, more targeted, information before the works start.
Our latest updates
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Week 65: Travel during Covid-19 survey
Transport User Voice: October 2021
Motorway services are a vital part of many road trips and have an important safety role in keeping people refreshed and revived. During the pandemic, we reviewed motorway service area websites to check that it was easy for people to find out what to expect regarding social distancing, sanitiser, and mask wearing.
To start with some of them were missing key information but they took on board our comments and made changes to help reassure road users.