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Highways Agency signs historic partnership with two caravan clubs

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The Highways Agency has made an historic commitment to the thousands of campers and caravanners who use its motorways and A roads.

The Agency has signed a tri-party agreement with partners The Caravan Club and The Camping and Caravanning Club during one of the biggest events in the UK caravan industry calendar.

Graham Dalton, chief executive of the Highways Agency, put pen to paper with Nick Lomas, director general of The Caravan Club, and Robert Louden MBE, director general of The Camping and Caravanning Club, at the 2014 Motorhome & Caravan Show in Birmingham.

This is the first tri-party agreement of its kind that the Agency has entered into and reflects the closer relationship it is looking to develop with the many different users of its road network. In total, the two clubs represent around 1.5 million campers and caravanners.

Dalton said: “England’s motorways and major A roads help millions of people get away on their holidays every year.

“Campers, caravanners and motorhome users use our roads to get to their destinations – and we want all their journeys to be as safe and as trouble free as possible.

“We want to help drivers with advice on planning their journeys and encourage them to prepare their vehicles or trailers. Meanwhile, the government is investing heavily to reduce congestion and make journeys a lot smoother.”

Under the banner of Safer journeys, happier holidays, the agreement comes as the Agency moves towards becoming a government-owned company in 2015, with additional responsibility and accountability towards its customers ­– road users.

Pictured: Robert Louden, Graham Dalton (centre) and Nick Lomas next to a Highways Agency traffic officer vehicle outside the NEC.

 
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