Sustainability is founded on bringing full and lasting economic, social and environmental benefits. Our challenge is twofold; to ensure our network and the surrounding environment are fit for present and future generations, and to make sure our activities and practices have as little adverse impact as possible on people and the wider environment.
Our progress towards delivering sustainable development requires cooperation and involvement from all areas of our business and supply chain to be successful. We need to work with partner organisations with an interest in the strategic road network both from the point of view of its operation and its impacts. Importantly we need to ensure that the views of communities neighbouring our network form a part of our decision making processes.
The Highways Agency faces long-term challenges in improving reliability and tackling capacity constraints against a backdrop of increasing construction costs, environmental concerns and growing traffic volumes. Finding the right balance between measures to make better use of the existing network and prioritising network improvements which support economic growth will be a key challenge for us over the coming years.
Road transport has a vital role in supporting economic recovery. The strategic road network carries a third of all vehicle traffic and two thirds of all freight journeys in England. Our network is an integral part of our national way of life facilitating links between communities and to leisure and cultural centres. We understand this doesn’t come without cost to the environment or communities adjacent to our network.