National Highways

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National Highways is an Executive Agency of the Department for Transport

The Agency

  • manages, maintains and improves the network of trunk roads and motorways in England on behalf of the Secretary of State; and
  • works closely with other transport operators and local authorities to integrate the trunk road network with the rest of England's roads and other forms of transport.

National Highways provides technical information for contractors producing the Design Manual for Roads and Bridges (DMRB) and the Manual of Contract Documents for Highways Works (MCHW).

Design Manual for Roads and Bridges (DMRB)

The Design Manual for Roads and Bridges (DMRB) provides a comprehensive manual system which accommodates all current standards, advice notes and other documents relating to the design, assessment and operation of trunk roads and motorways

Manual of Contracts Documents for Highway Works (MCHW)

MCHW consists of several parts which include the administrative procedures for its use, the Specification for Highways Works and its corresponding Method Measurement. It incorporates the requirements of the European Commission which are mandatory for all Public Procurement Bodies.

Keep up to date with our Standing Order service

An essential reference tool for agents, authorities, consultants and organisations who are engaged in the design, assessment, maintenance and management of road and bridge design. From pavement design to traffic signs, from road schemes to scheduling repair work, this CD-ROM gives you all the comprehensive advice you need to ensure best practice.

The Standing Order service will ensure that you continue to be advised of new issues of the CD-ROM and you will only be charged for each new update as and when it is published.

Standing order classification: 05-03-079

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