ORR

RIS safety target in doubt without lockdown

17/01/2022

New analysis suggests National Highways would have missed a vital road safety target if traffic levels had not plummeted during the pandemic.

ORR to up scrutiny of RIS 3 deliverability

08/12/2021

The Office of Rail and Road plans to increase its scrutiny of future funding for the strategic road network as plans are drawn up for the third road investment strategy.

ORR looking for new Road Expert Panel members

09/11/2021

The Office of Rail and Road is recruiting new members for its Road Expert Panel, which meets four times a year to provide 'insight on highways sector interests and issues'.

ORR to increase focus on environmental monitoring

08/11/2021

National Highways' monitor will have an increased focus on environmental issues this year as it assesses whether the strategic roads operator is turning its ambitions into reality.

Highways England makes slow start on RIS 2

16/07/2021

Highways England is off to a shaky start in its delivery of the second Road Investment Strategy, with planning delays creating risks to the delivery of the programme, according to the Office of Rail and Road.

PM backs Larkinson to stay on as ORR boss

24/02/2021

The Office of Rail and Road has confirmed John Larkinson as its permanent chief executive officer, following a public competition and the endorsement of the prime minister.

ORR flags regional variations on SRN

10/02/2021

The performance of Highways England’s network continued to show large regional variations in the last year of the first Road Investment Strategy, its monitor has said.

Exclusive: ORR road safety staffing level 'less than one person'

03/09/2020

The highways monitor for the English strategic road network (SRN) does not have a single member of staff whose job is focused solely on road safety, Highways can reveal.

'Stop treating us like Network Rail': Highways England and ORR, debates and denials

23/07/2020

Highways England was initially ‘in denial’ about needing to prove it had made the level of efficiency savings it was claiming, its regulator has said.

Highways England must ramp up safety spending, RSF says

23/07/2020

An independent review of Highways England’s spending on safety has found that it is inadequate to meet its short-term and long-term safety targets.

Industry awaits ‘missing piece’ of RIS 2

22/07/2020

Highways England is unable to say exactly when it will publish its 2020-25 delivery plan, which should have been made public shortly after the second Road Investment Strategy (RIS 2).

Larkinson sings Highways England's praises for pandemic response

11/06/2020

The strategic roads watchdog has praised Highways England for ‘acting with speed and decisiveness’ in its response to the pandemic so far.

ORR rows back on backing for Highways England safety approach

07/08/2019

Highways England’s regulator has backtracked on its claims that the Government-owned company had ‘demonstrated that it is applying an evidence-based approach’ to improving safety.

Rail man Larkinson takes temporary charge at the ORR

09/10/2018

The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has appointed John Larkinson, as interim chief executive as it seeks to replace Joanna Whittington on a permanent basis.

Highways England running £2.9bn over budget, ORR finds

17/07/2018

Highways England’s major schemes are currently running £2.9bn over budget as the government-owned company continues to try to get costs under control, according to independent monitor the Office of Rail and Road.

ORR publishes views on RIS2

15/12/2016

The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) says lessons must be learnt from the delivery of the Road Investment Strategy (RIS) as plans for RIS2 continue to gather pace.  

ORR: Good start for Highways England

14/07/2016

Highways England has made a “good start” on delivering £15 billion investment in the strategic road network by 2020/21, according to the Office of Rail and Road (ORR).   

Glaister to continue as ORR chair

30/06/2016

Stephen Glaister has been reappointed chair of the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) until December 2017.

ORR publishes report into HE’s supply chain capability

07/04/2016

The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has published a report into Highways England’s supply chain capability.

New chair for ORR

18/12/2015

Professor Stephen Glaister has been appointed as the interim chair of the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) for a 12-month term.

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