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HA to become Highways England and Government-owned from April 2015

Date: 09 December 2014   |   Author: Daniel Puddicombe

The Highways Agency is set to become a Government-owned company from April 2015, as part of the Government's major reforms for the HA.

As part of the reforms, the HA is set to become a Government-owned company, which the HA said will "ensure greater certainty over the upgrades to the roads between now and 2021."

The agency said being Government-owned will save the taxpayer at least £2.6 billion over the next 10 years.

From April 2015 the Government agency will go from being a civil service to being owned and run by the Government

The HA will also be replaced with Highways England from April 2015, and it will be responsible for delivering over 100 new road schemes between now and the end of the next parliament.

"This government is making a transformational £15 billion worth of improvements to our road network between now and 2021. It is only right that the new government-owned company has a name that reflects its new role, as a road operator that delivers a fast, efficient and better service for road users and the country," said roads minister, John Hayes.

This year's Autumn Statement included details of the first signs showing fuel price comparisons on motorways.

The electronic signs will be installed on the M5 between Exeter and Bristol during 2015, with politicians hoping to increase competition between motorway fuel stops, acknowledged as the most expensive places to fill up with fuel.

The RAC recently released a study where it said two thirds of motorists felt motorway prices should be capped, after finding differences of up to 10 per litre between service stations and other refueling points