ORR RIS3 Consultation

The Office of Rail and Road ORR RIS3 Consultation has been launched.  The ORR are an independent monitor of National Highways and they have vowed to increase their scrutiny of future road funding for the strategic road network as plans are drawn up for the next roads programme period, Road Investment Strategy 3 (RIS3).

To be clear their  role is not to set roads policy or determine RIS3 investment priorities. The Department for Transport will hold a formal consultation on proposals later in the RIS3 development process.

However, in preparation for the RIS3 process, the ORR have set out how they intend to conduct their activities and the evidence they intend to use to inform their assessments. They are seeking feedback on their proposed approach, set out in more detail in their consultation document Road Investment Strategy 3: Our Role and Approach.

As the Highways Monitor, the ORR:

  • advise the government on the extent to which plans for the next road period achieve the right balance of being challenging and deliverable, particularly in respect of efficiency
  • they also advise the government on the framework of performance requirements and targets that National Highways needs to achieve
  • they ensure that National Highways meets the obligations in its licence that relate to the setting of the RIS
Responding to this consultation

You can either email your response to (details of formats and consent can be found here)

Or you can send your response to:

ORR RIS3 consultation
Economics and Policy team
Highways Monitor
Office of Rail and Road
25 Cabot Square
E14 4QZ


The consultation runs from 8 December 2021 until 28 January 2022.

TCAG Response
TCAG ORR RIS3 Consultation Response

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Our response was submitted on Thurs 27th January 2022.


Find more information on the ORR RIS3 Consultationclick here

New Civil Engineer article about ORR RIS3 Consultationclick here

Other TCAG correspondence and consultation responsesclick here

Highways Magazine – ORR Chief Exec – Highways England must do more for road users and taxpayersclick here