The first of a new fleet of 70 Land Rover Discoverys has been handed over to Highways England. 

The vehicles have been modified to meet the needs of traffic officers, including a roof-mounted light array, programmable rear LED board and Battenburg livery.

There’s also a reinforced load area, with traffic officers having to carry more than 600kg of equipment, including lights, traffic cones and safety barriers.

The Land Rover Discovery SE 3.0 Sd6 models will be in service for roughly four years, with each expected to cover around 250,000 miles on England’s motorways and major roads.

Jaguar Land Rover sales director Scott Dicken said: “For 15 years the Land Rover Discovery has been a trusted workhorse for Highways England, and it gives me great pleasure to see the latest generation Discovery continuing that legacy. 

“Highways England works tirelessly to keep England’s motorists moving and we are proud that this fleet of Land Rover Discoverys has been chosen to keep the team mobile and equipped with everything they need to take on the toughest challenges whatever the location, whatever the conditions.” 

Highways England executive director of operations Nick Harris said: “Having the right equipment and vehicles for our traffic officers is essential. It allows us to deliver the high levels of customer service and support drivers expect from us while we work to keep England’s motorways and major A-roads running smoothly round the clock.

“These new vehicles will be a valuable addition to our fleet and we are very pleased to be continuing our relationship with Jaguar Land Rover.”