DfT plans broader remit for road network watchdogs

Two independent bodies are going to be examining the performance of the strategic road network under plans which will come into action once the Highways Agency becomes a private company. 

Amendments to the Infrastructure Bill are also due to be discussed in parliament next week – which will include added responsibilities for the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) and the transport watchdog Passenger Focus.  The DfT outlined the changes in its report published today, entitled Transparency for Roads: creating the watchdog and monitor report. 

Passenger Focus – which will be renamed Transport Focus – will enjoy a broadened remit, responsible for gathering views from stakeholders and users of major trunk roads and motorways to help inform policy and decision making.  Meanwhile, the ORR will monitor the performance and efficiency of the transformed Highways Agency, by checking that it has complied with its terms of licence and delivering what road investments are required. 

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