Highways England’s new Design Panel has been set up to make roads safer and more scenic for users by placing more emphasis on the importance of good design.
The Design Panel is built into the Highways England licence. The intention is to “create the best user experience”.
The panel comprises people with backgrounds in architecture, environment, heritage, design and engineering.
Highways England chief highways engineer Mike Wilson said: “We’re charged with delivering less congested roads to enable swift, safe and comfortable journeys and it is important to us that our road network fits within its environment. We’ve already got some great road design and this an opportunity for us to take it a step further – to get input from other experts, which can only be good for Highways England as we set off on the road to becoming an exemplar of good design.”
Highways England said that it would seek advice from the panel on “embedding a design led approach as an important part of the development of all road improvement schemes”.
The full panel comprises members from the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation, the National Trust, Campaign to Protect Rural England, Royal Institute of British Architects, Campaign for Better Transport, Landscape Institute, Prince’s Foundation, Institution of Civil Engineers, Natural England, Design Council, Institution of Structural Engineers and Historic England.