Highways England, the body replacing the Highways Agency from 1 April, said it needs to strengthen its relationship with the logistics sector.A spokesman for the government-owned company said: “We’ve got to get better information out to [hauliers] about roadworks.

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

Last week, the company 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 the creation of an extra 280 miles of road.

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