Case Study - Highways Agency: Safety Risk Management Training for Managed Motorways

Client: Highways Agency
Sector: the transport sector, central government
Services delivered: mentoring & training

Motorway risk training

Following the success of the Active Traffic Management (ATM) scheme on a section of the M42 around Birmingham, the HA is now rolling out an extensive programme of ‘Managed Motorway’ schemes across England’s busiest motorways.

These schemes include a number of innovative features, including variable speed limits and use of the hard shoulder during periods of congestion – all of which have potential implications for safety. In order to ensure that the safety risks associated with Managed Motorway schemes are appropriately managed, the Agency has issued new safety risk management procedures for use on the Managed Motorways programme. These build on international practice in safety management and on the experience gained from the ATM pilot.

Risk Solutions has been involved in developing the new procedures. The HA then also asked us to develop and help deliver training on the new procedures to HA staff and consultants working on the Managed Motorways programme.

The training covered the Agency’s legal obligations for managing safety, as well as the detail of the new procedures and how they relate to other HA processes and statutory requirements, such as the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007.

In the longer term, the Agency intends to roll out the new procedures and training to all of its projects.