Managing our roads

The High­ways Agency oper­ates, main­tains and improves the strate­gic road net­work in Eng­land on behalf of the Sec­re­tary of State for Trans­port. The strate­gic road net­work in Eng­land is some 4,300 miles long and is made up of motor­ways and trunk roads — the most sig­nif­i­cant ‘A’ roads. Other UK roads are man­aged by local and regional author­i­ties. While our net­work rep­re­sents only two per cent of all roads in Eng­land by length, it car­ries a third of all traf­fic by mileage. Sig­nif­i­cantly, two thirds of all heavy goods vehi­cle mileage in Eng­land is under­taken on the strate­gic road net­work, mak­ing it the eco­nomic back­bone of the country.