Highways England chief executive Jim O’Sullivan is to stand down early next year.
Mr O’Sullivan, who was appointed in 2015, has led the government-owned company since shortly after its creation, overseeing delivery of the first Road Investment Strategy (RIS) to 2020.
He said: ‘The people in Highways England and our supply chain have achieved great things in the past five years and I consider it a privilege to have worked with them.
‘Together with the Department for Transport, our monitor ORR, Transport Focus and stakeholders across the sector we have done things that five years ago would not have been considered feasible.
‘I leave Highways England well placed to deliver the second roads period and to prepare for the third. That makes it a good time to step down and I wish the sector and the company every success for the future.’
Transport secretary Grant Shapps said: ‘I’d like to thank Jim O’Sullivan for his hard work and commitment over the past five years.
‘His successor will start at an exciting time for the company as it embarks on our ambitious £27.4bn Second Roads Investment Strategy.’
In fact, the second RIS started in April and will be well under way by the time of Mr O’Sullivan’s departure.