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National Highways


National Highways 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.

Health and Safety: A New Approach to Improving Safety Performance

The National Highways Supply Chain Safety Leadership Group was formed to give focus to improving safety performance across the National Highways road network through collaborative working across the supply chain where common risks exist and provide a unified voice of the sector.

The Supply Chain Safety Leadership Group’s vision is to create a very clear shift in safety performance to ensure everyone who works with us and everyone who travels on the network gets home safe and well.

The Group includes representatives from suppliers and provides safety leadership and clear strategic direction to the supplier community, overseeing the development and adoption of health, safety and wellbeing improvement activities throughout the National Highways supply chain. To find out more please visit this page 

National Highway’s “Home Safe and Well”  Strategy can be viewed here

Information on how to sign up for the National Highways Passport. This is a scheme to demonstrate you have the training, experience and qualifications to work safely on any National Highways site Read More

As well as covering the issue of Wellbeing in depth, the Supply Chain School has a selection of resources on the subject of Health and Safety.

  • Health and Safety Executive – Working Time Regulations  Take a Look
  • Behavioural Safety with CECA    Get Started
  • Costain / Highways England Case Study: Improving the Safety of Roadside Engineers    Read Now
  • The Safe Use of Vehicles on Construction Sites    Take a Look 
  • Standardised Approach To Preventing Temporary Traffic Management Incursions   Read Now  
National Highways Regional Delivery Partnership – Support from the Supply Chain School

National Highway’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.

National Highways 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 National Highways 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.

Access the video recording of the Launch Event and the rest of sessions we have offered so far below:

  • RDP’s Launch Event on 29th January 21. Click here
  • RDP’s Sustainability Tool Training for DIPs on 15th Feb 21. Click here
  • RDP’s Sustainability Tool Training for Suppliers on 1st March 21. Click here
  • RDP’s workshop on ‘Introduction to Climate Change and Carbon’, 23rd Feb 21. Click here
  • RDP’s workshop on ‘Collaborative working’,17th Mar 21. Click here
  • RDP’s webinar on ‘Creating Social Value within the Highways Industry’, 20th Apr 21. Click here to see the video- recording. Click here to view the slides
  • RDP’s workshop on ‘Wellbeing’, 28th Apr 21. Click here
  • RDP’s workshop on ‘Offsite’ on 19th May 21. Please, click here to view the mural board
  • RDP’s workshop on ‘The Business case for FIR’ on 10thJune 21. Please, click here to access the slides
  • RDP’s workshop on ‘Lean Construction’ on 16thJune 21. Please, click here to view the material
  • RDP’s webinar on ‘Reducing Carbon in the Highways Industry’ on 8th July 21. Please, click here to access the video recording. You can also view the material here
  • Highways England Regional Delivery Partnership – National Meet the Buyers Event, 11 August 2021

For more information on any aspect of the Highways England RDP programme, please contact: Andrew Wilson  (0191 580 4005 / 07736 685588) / Stefania Chica Jacome (07519 111449)

Standardised Approach To Preventing Temporary Traffic Management Incursions

Balfour Beatty, in collaboration with the Highways Delivery Community, have created this guide. The scope of this document was to develop and share best practice on incursions and set a uniform, standard approach for highways projects to reduce the risk of incursions into work areas and establish a standard Safe System of Work.