The government has defended its controversial decision to reform the Highways Agency, and revealed the roles the newly installed strategic road network (SRN) watchdogs will play as part of the changes. Responding to the Transport Committee’s Better Roads Report from May, which labelled plans to transform the HA into a ownership structure similar to Network Rail as an unnecessary and potentially costly mistake, the Department for Transport (DfT) said the overhaul was the only option. “We do not believe a […]
Labour transport minister Richard Burden (pictured) has accused the government of washing its hands of the Strategic Road Network (SRN), following the creation of Highways England in April.
Industry associations are urging the government to provide finer details on its proposed lorry road user charge (LRUC) following the end of the scheme’s consultation period. The British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) has questioned how a new grant, set to replace the Reduced Pollution Certificate (RPC) as part of the proposed lorry charging scheme, will affect UK-based operators, particularly those running fleets of 50-plus vehicles. It calculates that its members could lose out on £3.7m in benefits from […]