Strategic Road Network To Expand
The Strategic Road Network in England will be expanded by more than nine-hundred miles by 2021, the Department for Transport has revealed. In contrast, between 2001 and 2010 it only expanded by five-hundred and seventy-four miles – so the forthcoming work will be considerable and wide ranging. The Strategic Road Network incorporates motorways and the larger a-roads that are critical to the mobility of freight/people. Its expansion should reduce congestion – which in turn should boost the economy – and create growth in the road building industry. These factors, in turn, should generate revenue for the government courtesy of taxation. Enhancements will come via a twenty-four billion pound investment which will be the largest since the seventies. Of this, nine billion pounds will be spent on maintenance including six billion pounds for resurfacing. The latter will improve approximately three-thousand miles of the network.
Planned Road Improvements In England
Projects – that will be undertaken within this Parliament and the next – include nine schemes in the North West, sixteen in the Midlands, two in the South West, ten in Yorkshire and the North East, seven in the East, and sixteen in the South East. Furthermore, it is likely that further schemes will be announced in the 2014 Autumn Statement. Work could be selected based on the findings of six feasibility studies that looked into improving some of the country's most notorious and long-standing traffic hot-spots. It might, therefore, include the A303 in the South West plus the A47 in the East.
Government Representative Discusses Strategic Road Network Enhancements
Roads Minister John Hayes said: “As a crucial part of our long-term economic plan to secure a brighter future for Britain, we are fixing problems that have been created by governments of the past by delivering around 35% more capacity on our roads than was delivered in the 9 years up to 2010. It is because of the difficult decisions that this government has taken that we are able to triple investment in our major roads to over £3 billion a year up to 2021.” Mr Hayes continued: “This extra capacity will be achieved mainly by the use of smart motorways and selective widening to minimise the environmental impact.” He added: “This government will oversee more work, more safety, and more improvements on our roads. This will benefit hard-working people and businesses, help ease congestion and create a road network fit for the 21st century and beyond.”