Highways England is the government company charged with operating, maintaining and improving England’s motorways and major A roads. Our road network totals around 4,300 miles – carrying a third of all traffic by mileage and two thirds of all heavy goods traffic.
We work to provide free-flowing, safe, serviceable, accessible and integrated roads. Our network helps drive economic growth across the country, creating jobs, supporting businesses and opening up areas for development.
Sustainability and Supply Chain
As a responsible road operator, we recognise that, while roads are essential for society and the economy, their use does present environmental challenges. So, we will avoid or reduce adverse environmental impacts wherever possible. By 2025, we are committed to cutting our carbon footprint, and to achieving no net loss of biodiversity across all our activities. As one of England’s largest landowners, we are proud of the work we do to look after the wildlife that lives alongside our network, and to protect and improve the environment for future generations. We will also support government’s drive to achieve net-zero carbon by 2050.
Why a Partner?
As a sector, we need to address challenges around raw materials, people and skills, and plant and equipment capacity. We are working on this at a sector and strategic supplier level, at a cross-transport level, and at an individual level through our strengthened contractual requirements. Our supply chain is at different stages of maturity in their sustainability evolution, and partnering with the School is one of the ways that we are working together to improve and evolve to meet our collective needs.
Highways England Regional Delivery Partnership – Support from the Supply Chain School
Highways England’s Regional Delivery Partnership (RDP) is an £8.7bn major roads improvement programme, delivered through a series of schemes across England over 5 years. The RDP is working with the Supply Chain Sustainability School to provide free training, skills, knowledge development and collaborative opportunities to all suppliers and sub-contractors involved in the supply chain.
The RDP support programme is being actively supported by the following Delivery Integration Partners (DIPs): Balfour Beatty, BAM Nuttall, Costain, Galliford Try, Graham, Kier, Osborne, NMCN, Skanska, Vinci and Volkerfitzpatrick.
Workshops, supplier days and dedicated Highways England learning pathways will cover a full range of sustainability issues – for example Carbon, Waste, FIR, Social Value, Wellbeing, Modern Slavery, Offsite, Lean Construction. These events will be promoted on the School Events page.
Highways England Learning Pathways, providing a linked series of curated learning resources for our supply chain, are available to any individual School member to self-enrol. Just go to “View Available Pathways” from your personal dashboard, and select the Highways England pathway from the list. NB – Core 1 (entry level) Pathway must be completed before advancing to Core 2 (intermediate level).
Performance, outcomes and impact will be measured using an innovative Sustainability Tool. A bespoke version of this Tool will be available to all companies involved in any RDP scheme across England.
A Launch Event on 29 January is being held to provide more information and enable all RDP suppliers and sub-contractors to benefit from the free learning and training being provided.