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‘Robust planning’ needed for RIS2, says ORR

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The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has today (14 December) published its approach to assessing the second Road Investment Strategy (RIS2).

The report from the rail and roads regulator highlights a range of issues for consideration by the Department for Transport (DfT) and Highways England.

Based on close engagement with DfT and Highways England on the planning for RIS2, the ORR’s approach to the second Road Investment Strategy gives an early explanation of how it will assess the plans that will be put forward by Highways England.

The report highlights the need for:

• A more robust planning process for future road investment strategies, learning lessons from RIS1

• A robust evidence base, built on analysis and strong stakeholder engagement, to ensure plans deliver for road users and funders

• Increased transparency to allow more effective monitoring during RIS2.

Also published today is an update on the ORR’s work in benchmarking Highways England.

The organisation has assembled initial analysis to provide Highways England with a range of potential comparators between its regions.

This analysis, though based on a snapshot of one year’s data, will help the ORR compare Highways England’s performance and determine where it may be able to improve over time.

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