A panel set up to promote good design in Highways England’s work has recommended that the body publishes a guide.
In a progress published by the Highways England Strategic Design Panel, it said that design should be central to review of the Design Manual for Roads and Bridges.
Highways England chief highway engineer Mike Wilson said: “As we continue to successfully deliver the first Road Investment Strategy, I share the aspiration that as well as our roads being safe, efficient and affordable, that they are also beautiful. I do not underestimate the challenge of this; it requires a culture shift for Highways England and the wider roads sector. We will now review the recommendations and provide an update in due course.”
One of the most contentious road designs will be the A303 Stonehenge Tunnel. The National Trust is on the design panel.
The Trust’s assistant director operations for the South West Ian Wilson said: “The National Trust is hugely supportive of Highways England’s emphasis on improving the design and environmental standards of our roads. Building or improving roads in sensitive landscapes such as World Heritage Sites or AONBs is not easy. We are delighted to be working with Highways England and other partners to lift the standard of design and ensure that our roads function well and respect the places and communities through which they pass.”