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National Highway Sector Schemes

National Highway Sector Schemes (NHSS) have been created to operate as integrated management systems, within the footprint of ISO 9001.  

The Sector Schemes are included in the procurement process through reference in the Specification for Highway Works (SHW). For Highways England contracts their use is a mandatory requirement of SHW.

National Highways Sector Schemes (NHSS) are designed to:

Provide and industry benchmark

Ensure that all processes are planned

Provide a basis for continual improvement

Establish Quality as an objective

Reduce costs for the client and supplier

Ensure a properly trained and competent workforce

Ensure that certification bodies use auditors with technical knowledge and experience of the sector

The Sector Scheme documents are published by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) and can be downloaded from their site - free of charge (   A selection of current National Highways Sector Schemes (NHSS) are shown below, along with either their title or subject areas:

NHSS 2A   - General Fencing

NHSS 2B   - Vehicle Restraint Systems

NHSS 2C   - Environmental Barriers (structural)

NHSS 7     - Application of road marking materials and road studs

NHSS 8     - Installation & maintenance - Highway Electrical Works

NHSS 12   - Traffic Management (12A, 12B, 12C and 12D)

NHSS 13A - Supply and application of Surface Dressings

NHSS 13B - Supply and application of Microsurfacing

NHSS 14   - Quality Assurance in the production of Asphalt Mixes

NHSS 16   - Laying of Asphalt Mixes

NHSS 18   - Environment & Landscaping including Ecology

NHSS 23   - Small scale pavement repairs

NHSS 30   - Modular Paving Systems

Background relating to certification against National Highways Sector Schemes can be found here.

For more information relating to systems conforming with National Highways Sector Schemes, please contact us.

What We Offer

Management Systems - compliant with:

NHSS Awareness Training

Internal Audit

Advice on personnel training options

Site Inspection

Supplier evaluation and assessment

Internal Auditor Training

What our clients have to say....

“…very pleased.  I think you have covered just about everything in what appears to be a very simple user friendly process.  The thing that strikes me is that not only is this going to allow me to work on the HA network but it will also have the added advantage of making me run the business more methodically and efficiently.”

Jack Cuming - Managing Director - JC Traffic Solutions Ltd