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Highways Agency: Greater collaboration between Agencies to bring greater environmental benefits

Press Release   •   Dec 01, 2009 09:53 GMT

The Highways Agency and the Environment Agency have renewed their pledge to work more closely together to make travel on England’s motorways and other major roads as environmentally sustainable as possible, through highly effective working between the two Agencies.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed yesterday (30 November 2009) by Graham Dalton, Chief Executive of the Highways Agency, and Paul Leinster, Chief Executive of the Environment Agency, at the Highways Agency’s London office. It is a development of a previous Memorandum, signed in 2006, which has helped provide clarity and forge strong, effective working relationships.

Highways Agency Chief Executive, Graham Dalton, said:

“We are delighted to reaffirm our strong working relationship with the Environment Agency.  It reflects our vision of delivering safe roads and reliable journeys, whilst mitigating the impact of our roads on the environment.

“I look forward to working more closely with the Environment Agency, and to supporting their objectives while delivering ours.”

Paul Leinster, Chief Executive of the Environment Agency, said:

“We have made great strides in improving the quality of the environment throughout the country.”
“This agreement will lead to reduced waste from road construction and maintenance, new drainage systems that reduce flood risk and improve water quality, and joint training and provision of specialist equipment to reduce pollution after road incidents such as spillages. We look forward to closer working with the Highways Agency to provide even higher standards of environmental protection.”

The MoU contains five annexes which clearly set out different areas in which the two agencies will be working together, and guidelines for how the interactions will be expected to be managed or achieved.

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Notes to editors

Issued by the Highways Agency National press office. For further information please contact Alex Barnett on 020 7153 4847. Media enquiries out of hours should be made to the Highways Agency National Press Office (24hrs) on 0207 081 7443.

1. The Highways Agency is an executive agency of the Department for Transport. We manage, maintain and improve England’s motorways and trunk roads on behalf of the Secretary of State.

2. The Environment Agency is a Non-Departmental Public Body of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and an Assembly Sponsored Public Body of the National Assembly for Wales. The Environment Agency’s principal aim is to protect and enhance the environment and in doing so to contribute to sustainable development.

3. The new MoU has five annexes which provide operational support to both parties.

- Annex 1 – Water Environment
- Annex 2 – Waste
- Annex 3 – Incident Management
- Annex 4 – Information Exchange
- Annex 5 – Contacts

4. Real-time traffic information for England’s motorways and major A roads is available:
- From our Traffic Radio service, available on DAB digital radio and the internet at www.trafficradio.org.uk To tune into the DAB service, simply press the "scan" button on your radio. The radio will tune into all available channels and you can select the new service by scrolling through the channels until you reach "Traffic Radio".
- From the web at www.highways.gov.uk/traffic or www.highways.gov.uk/mobile if using a phone or mobile device.
Before using any mobile, find a safe place to park. Never stop on the hard shoulder of a motorway except in an emergency. Make sure it’s safe and legal before you call.
- By phone from the Highways Agency 24-hour voice activated phone service on 08700 660 115.  (Calls from BT residential landlines to 0870 numbers will cost no more than 8p per minute; call charges from other landlines and mobile networks may vary).

5. For more general information about the Highways Agency and its work, visit the Highways Agency website www.highways.gov.uk, or telephone the Highways Agency Information Line on 08457 50 40 30 at any time (Calls to 0845 numbers will cost no more than 4p per minute from BT residential landlines. Call charges from other landlines and mobile networks may vary).

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Issued by the Highways Agency National press office. For further information please contact Alex Barnett on 020 7153 4847. Media enquiries out of hours should be made to the Highways Agency National Press Office (24hrs) on 0207 081 7443.

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