Smart Motorways Programme

Better, faster, cleaner, smarter.

Roads are the arteries of economies, allowing goods and people to get where they need to go. England's Smart Motorways Programme uses pioneering technology to reduce traffic congestion and improve journeys.

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Smart Motorways Programme Project summary


Highways England

Services provided

Consultancy, Project and programme management


Transport, Highways


UK and Europe

Project timeline

Start date
October 2015

Project story

Mace helped to deliver Highways England's Smart Motorways Programme to improve the journeys of millions of road users every year, meaning better access and stronger links between towns and cities.

Smart motorways use technology to understand the flow of traffic, so when it is busy the speed limit can be changed. This technology is also used to bring hard shoulders into operation as an extra lane during busy periods, adding 292 miles of lanes to the UK's motorways.

We have brought our experience of successfully delivering major infrastructure projects and programmes to deliver road improvements quicker and saving the taxpayer money. In our role as programme managers we have helped to create the project management office that gives strategic reporting and informed decision making capabilities to Highways England.

Project stats

£3bn investment
292 extra miles
£2bn lost each year due to congestion