Report highlights need to change road network in face of climate change

The Highways Agency (HA) has come under scrutiny in a recent report carried out by the Climate Change Committee for its response to the threat of severe weather and effects of climate change, such as flooding. 

The report acknowledged the HA had “identified the main vulnerability of the strategic road network”, however raised concerns the organisation had not produced detailed plans on how to boost the resilience of the road network in the face of climate change.

Responding to the report, the HA highlighted its revised specification for drainage on new roads and refurbishment projects that would provide 20 per cent more capacity, in addition to plans to change road surfacing to provide greater resilience to temperature fluctuations.

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