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Breakfast Briefing with Nick Harris, CEO, National Highways

Author WIG Date 26 Mar 2024

A Recording of the WIG Breakfast Briefing with Nick Harris, CEO, National Highways



Net zero and sustainability

National Highways is responsible for the strategic road network (SRN), over 4,500 miles of England’s motorways and major A-roads connecting people, building communities, creating opportunities and helping the nation thrive. This pivotal infrastructure is responsible for inclusive economic growth across the country. As we near the end of the second road period, which runs from 2020-2025, understanding the focus of National Highways and how it is looking to work with the wider public and private sectors to maintain, renew and improve our major roads is critical.

In this briefing with Nick Harris, chief executive of National Highways, we will discuss:

• How specific funding, activities and projects will be delivered in the final phase of Road Investment Strategy (RIS2) and where they are looking to work with others to develop their forward looking strategy

• The role of National Highways to support economic growth and broader net zero agenda as it relates to carbon and the environment

• Where there is scope for further collaboration between partners, across government and other strategic infrastructure projects


Closed captions and transcripts are available.

Please note the Q&A is not included in this recording.

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Speaker at the Event

Nick is a Chartered Civil Engineer with more than 30 years experience working in regulated utilities and construction in the United Kingdom and overseas, and joined National Highways as Executive Director of Operations in September 2016.  Prior to joining the company Nick was Chief Executive Officer at UKDN Waterflow based in the United Kingdom and was at Thames Water before that in operational director roles. Nick’s background in operations is a continuous point of reference as he develops new health, safety and wellbeing strategies. 

Nick was appointed Chief Executive in August 2021 and is responsible for the operational leadership of National Highways, including day-to-day operation of our network, customer service and maintenance services, and our company's five-year capital maintenance and renewals programme