Office of Rail and Road sets out its approach to monitoring road investment

14 December 2016

The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has today published its approach to the second Road Investment Strategy (RIS2), in which it highlights a range of issues for consideration by the Department for Transport (DfT) and Highways England.

Based on close engagement with DfT and Highways England on the planning for RIS2, ORR’s approach to the second Road investment Strategy gives an early explanation of how ORR will assess the plans which will be put forward by Highways England. It highlights the need for:

  • A more robust planning process for future Road Investment Strategies, learning lessons from RIS1.
  • A robust evidence base, built on analysis and strong stakeholder engagement, to ensure plans deliver for road users and funders.
  • Increased transparency to allow more effective monitoring during RIS2.

Also published today is an update on our work in benchmarking Highways England.

We have assembled initial analysis to provide Highways England with a range of potential comparators between their regions. This analysis, though based on a snapshot of one year’s data, will help us compare its performance and determine where it may be able to improve over time.Notes to editors

  1. Available on our website are ORR’s approach to the Second Road Investment Strategy and 2016 Benchmarking Progress Report.
  2. The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) is the UK’s rail regulator and highways monitor for England. ORR protects the interests of rail and road users; improving the safety, value and performance of railways and roads, today and in the future. Follow us @railandroad.