The Highways Monitor

We are responsible for monitoring and enforcing the performance and efficiency of Highways England (which was previously the Highways Agency) and are delivering this through our Highways function.

Highways England maintains, renews, operates and improves the strategic road network – the motorways and main 'A' roads in England. Our Highways role has been established to place a greater level of scrutiny on the company than has been the case in the past. We hold Highways England to account for its management of the strategic road network – including delivery of performance and efficiency. We also advise the UK Government on the levels of funding and performance requirements for future road periods to help frame challenging and deliverable performance and efficiency requirements.

Economic monitoring

The Highways Monitor is a function within the Office of Rail and Road (ORR). We are the independent monitor of Highways England and its management of the strategic road network – the motorways and main 'A' roads in England.

Road enforcement powers

This page contains the Office of Rail and Road's (ORR) enforcement policy for Highways England. It sets out how we will enforce Highways England’s compliance with its statutory duties.


If you want to tell us about something you have discovered or seen in the course of your work on the strategic roads network (roads controlled by Highways England) or about your work with Highways England.

Road publications

Publications and correspondence related to the Highways Monitor in this section.

Road consultations

All our road policy consultations.

Road expert panel

Our road expert panel provides advice and support to our work as the Highways Monitor. The panel is advisory and will assist us by contributing views, expressing opinions, and advising us on highways sector interests or issues.