House of Lords written question – answered on 28th July 2014.

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Photo of Baroness Whitaker Baroness Whitaker Labour

To ask Her Majesty’s Government how Road User Focus and the Strategic Road Network Monitor, as described in Setting the Road Investment Strategy: Now and in the Future, will have regard to design achievement and effectiveness.

Photo of Baroness Kramer Baroness Kramer Minister of State (Department for Transport)

The Strategic Road Network Monitor will be responsible for assessing the strategic highways company’s performance. This includes how it meets any requirements directed by government in the Road Investment Strategy or conditions in the licence as part of the company’s appointment. The licence document includes the need to support sustainable development. The monitor will need to take account of quality of design in assessing costs against outputs.

The purpose of Road User Focus is to act as a focal point for road users, gathering their views and surveying satisfaction and using this information to help shape evolving policy. Feedback gathered may include roads users’ views on aspects of design – particularly on elements that directly relate to the journey. We expect road user satisfaction will be influenced by scheme design and hence reflected in the findings of Road User Focus.

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