posted 4 years ago

UK Road Capacity To Expand By 900 Miles

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.”


Would it be better to upgrade what we have and fill in all the potholes and worn out roads we already have.

It is somewhat immoral to increase the capacity of our roads in order to encourage more people and goods to move around at a time when global warming is becoming a more urgent issue to be dealt with and planning for the exact opposite and implementing those plans should have been underway ever since Margaret Thatcher officially recognised the existence of it. Global warming was common knowledge among a select few "cranks" thirty years before the reign of Thatcher. Those who banged on about it before she made it real were easily ignored but since that fateful day mostly what has happened is successive governments demonstrating the favourite hobbies of sitting on their hands and paying lip service to an ideal while instructing minions to business as usual. The most fuel efficient method of mass transport of people and frieght will always be the railway and achieving ever greater fuel efficiency is the most pressing part of the fight against limiting the effects of global warming. Expanding and modernising our rail and canal networks and making rail and other methods of mass transport as cheap as chips; so cheap that personal motorised transport is a complete none-starter, is only part of what is needed. Social engineering to remove much of the need for mindless travel in the first place must necessarily be part of plans to make this nation a more efficient and energy-frugal environment. For those who must use road transport the government would be spending more wisely for the future if they made the roads we do have work consistently better by ending bottlenecks caused by endless roadworks and by the use of intelligent traffic controls. Simply putting all services under the roads in walk-through conduits would end many types of road hold-ups forever while also helping to make the delivery of those services a more consistent and safer and more efficient enterprise. All it would take would be some joined-up thinking and cooperation. Regardless of how expensive it would be, it would never be as cheap again as it is now and this country simply cannot afford not to do it in any forward planning.

David Williams# The article specifically refers to planned improvements to the road network in England. Hence, no reference to planned road improvements in other parts of the UK. If there are any plans for road improvements in other parts of The UK, then it is up to the devolved administrations to tell us what they are. In Scotland, for example, matters regarding transportation are totally devolved to The Scottish Parliament. One can only assume that if that have not been working on any plans to improve The Scottish road network over the last two or three years or so, they may well have been distracted by other more pressing (to them, at least) things like bamboozling the Scots into believing that they they will be so much better off when they achieve their "freedom" from The UK.


I suspect this is more of a PR exercise than NEW roads. If you create "smart" motorways with variable speed limits and average speed cameras, in theory you have greatly increased the road capacity without another square inch of tarmac being laid.

"Nigel Taylor" what a load of inane drivel - especially "They havnt got the brains" bit. I think you should learn to spell before you make any more demented comments.

I believe one of the main issues in congestion on our roads is not necessarily one of widening or building more, but the education of those drivers who hog the middle and outer lanes. I always thought those lanes were for overtaking. Shouldn't more money be given to the Policing of this, which often creates bottlenecks, congestion and frankly, it's a dangerous habit.

In answer to John Dickens, do you really believe that thousands of people will rush out and buy cars just because a road has been resurfaced.

these days I'm a Sunday driver but any good news is welcome.The days when we can help natural Britain by building long distance tunnels...still a pipedream !

They should ask the truckies what to do. It is only conjested where big roads end when meet other big roads. M5 on to M6. M6 on to M1 etc. Millioms ov vehicles come fro the west to go north n south on M6. Divert M5 up west to carlisle totake conjestion off M6. How many big roads hit the M25. M11 divert to south coast M20. Etc etc. Easy init. But it won't be done. They havnt got the brains.

Salmond will bankrupt us in a fortnight . Who wants independence ????

The traffic expands to fill the space available, like the waistlines of parents and children who drive to school.

Come on Alan Law, use your common sense. How often do we get big traffic jambs in Scotland apart from the occasional snarl ups around Glasgow and Edinburgh. One of the joys of living in Scotland is the freedom to drive around on relatively quiet roads. Yes we need a lot of pot hole repairs but the Scottish government have powers to do that already so why is it not being done?

Very welcome and common sense news. I hope its not just talk. Road infrastructure in the UK is woeful and decades behind our European counterparts. We need major and sustained investment for years to come to help, in particular, the regions to at least have the chance to develop and be economically competitive.

Yeah right,900 miles-big deal -maybe,if Cameron avoids MK2 Con-Lib coalition.Another pre- election "promise"

Please Note - This Report about Expanding 900 Miles of UK Roads in NOT Accurate - As Usual it is ONLY England that will get the 900 Miles of Roads - Forget about the rest of the UK as they get nothing. What about Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland? As Usual it is all for England and no where else - No Wonder Scotland want Independence.

The money would be far better spent expanding the rail freight network and banning foreign juggernauts from using the roads we already have. The UK used to have a comprehensive rail network, with only local road transport to go the final mile using small articulated trucks and car-based vans, but since Beeching (actually Ernie Marple was the instigator, Beeching only did his dirty work) more and more HGVs are clogging up the system and denying private car owners what is rightfully theirs. Foreign HGVs fill up with fuel on the continent, where it is cheaper than here, pay no VED whilst on British soil, and therefore contribute nothing towards the upkeep of the roads they damage. It has been estimated that one 44 ton HGV does the same amount of damage as 16,000 private cars. If the VED was abolished and the revenue raised by increased fuel duty, then those that travelled further and/or used more fuel would pay more towards the costs, freeing those motorists who only use their vehicles for SD&P from this unfair burden of taxation.

Extra 900 miles. That's great - I wondered where all the traffic jams would be put....!

The NE A1 is, for me, one of the most terrifying roads. It's an illustration, amongst many, of why Scots could be forgiven for feeling somewhat disregarded by London

Not if Scotland votes for independence, Richard!

Are they finally going to dual the A1 all the way to Edinburgh?!?