Beautiful Roads – Transport Minister’s speech for a new approach to road design

Transport Minister The Rt Hon John Hayes MP gave a remarkable speech on 4th February 2015, setting out his agenda for Beautiful Roads in towns, villages, cities and linking roads. It was a new aesthetic vision for the strategic road network – a systematic reconsideration of road design. Mr. Hayes offered a 5 point plan.

  1. Every project to be rooted in its locality to enhance the natural landscape and involve local people in its planning.
  2. A fresh approach that ensures all involved in the contractual processes, work together to deliver the strategy.
  3. A new Design Panel of architects, engineers, highway authorities and construction businesses to bring together visionaries and practitioners.
  4. A new set of design principles which will include the objective that all we create should be a pleasure to look at.
  5. A fundamental shift to make Highways England (responsible for our motorways and trunk roads) an exemplar of good design.

Read the full speech

Beautiful places deserve beautiful streets but this can be a challege for highway solutions.
Beautiful places deserve beautiful streets but this can be a challege for highway solutions.