In October 2006 a meeting was held in London to form the Road Tunnel Operator Association (RTOA) to represent and promote the interests of organisations that own and manage road tunnels in the British Isles.
Up to that point no single body gave a collective voice to the owners and operators of road tunnels that handle millions of vehicles every year. A by-product of the twice yearly UK Road Tunnel Operator Forum, the Association represents the owners and operators of 39 road tunnels in the UK and Eire, each of whom have a voting representative.
The Road Tunnel Operator Association has an elected Chairman, Secretary, and managing committee. Their duty is to oversee the constitution, which outlines the qualification requirements for individual and organisational membership, and drive forwards the agreed aims, objectives and terms of reference. It has also established links with Dutch and French counterparts.