Highways England, the body replacing the Highways Agency next week (1 April), has conceded it needs to strengthen its relationship with the logistics sector.

A spokesman for the government-owned company said: “One of the things we’ve got to do is get better information out to [hauliers] about road works and having that partnership.

“It’s a really important relationship to us, and something Highways England will be keen to strengthen in the days and months to come.”

Today, Highways England published a five-year delivery plan, outlining £11bn of upgrades to the strategic road network between now and 2020.

The plan’s key aim is to increase road capacity while modernising the motorway network and major A roads, including 15 smart motorway projects and creation of an extra 280 miles of road capacity.

For every £1 spent on the plan, the body said, “there will be £4 in wider benefits to the economy”.

Graham Dalton, chief executive of Highways England, said “The launch of Highways England is an incredibly significant moment for those who rely on England’s motorways and major A roads. We are committed to a strategic road network in England that is far safer, more free-flowing, and supports economic growth across the country.”