Academic research

Academic research

We understand the importance of research and development. It creates new knowledge to help us understand and improve our performance and meet future network challenges.

We are facing an uncertain future, with fast developing technology and societal change.

To make well informed decisions that will take us forward, we need the best available knowledge about:

  • the way the world is developing
  • the risks and opportunities this creates for us

Undertaking research with academia gives us a business focussed, cost effective way to gain the expertise we need to improve how we operate and deliver our business.

Strong links with academia and research institutions help us achieve our aim of being a top-performing road operator.

Our academic research programme will help us to develop world leading designs for England's roads, ensuring travel that is:

  • safe
  • fast
  • reliable
  • accessible
  • sustainable​

We are passionate and committed to medium and longer-term research and have initiated a programme of direct research collaboration with academia.​

Our research publications

We publish the results of our research and collaborations on this site.

Read our research publications

Examples of our current academic research collaborations

Intelligent mobility
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Automated smart concrete components
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Centre for doctoral training (CDT)
bridge design;
Targetting research excellence
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