Highways England, the Government-owned company responsible for motorways and major A-roads in England, has announced it is to change its name to National Highways only six years after its name was changed from the Highways Agency.
Sky News reports that despite the name change, National Highways will not have any control over roads in Wales, Scotland, or Northern Ireland. It was also announced that Nick Harris has been appointed as the organisation’s new chief executive, having carried out the role on an interim basis since February.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “Nick will be an excellent CEO and I’m looking forward to continuing to work closely with him as we build back better across the country.”
Shapps added that Harris will steer National Highways unto a new chapter, and deliver on the £27 billion plan to improve roads and make journeys safer, greener, and smoother.
However, AA president Edmund King described the name change as ‘a bizarre move’ as the company ‘looks after main roads and motorways in England’.
“It is not national in the sense that it doesn’t cover the nations of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland,” he said.
“Drivers really don’t care what it is called but they do care about having well-maintained, safe roads and motorways.
“When drivers are stuck in jams on pot-holed roads, they don’t care whether the fat controller is from the Highways Agency, Highways England or National Highways, they just want the roads sorted.”
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