A FRESH APPROACH TO THE ROADS THAT MATTER MOST
The Rees Jeffreys Road Fund published its report on A Major Road Network for England in October 2016.
Report authors David Quarmby and Phil Carey argue that the Strategic Road Network (SRN) doesn't comprise all the roads that matter in supporting England's regional economies and supporting growth. They identify a further 3,800 miles of local authority-controlled 'A' roads, which, alongside the SRN, forms an 8,000 mile Major Road Network (MRN). This does not need any change in who is responsible for highways. But it does require:
- consistent planning, management and funding of roads across the MRN;
- the MRN becoming fully fit for purpose to serve both users and the wider public interest well; and
- strong collaboration between local highway authorities and Highways England - which should be aided by the emerging sub-national transport bodies;
Click on the cover pages opposite to access a 12-page summary, or the full 64-page report. Click below to get a larger version of the indicative map of the MRN.
UPDATE MARCH 2017 The report was well-received by key players in Government and roads delivery, as shown in this note of conclusions reached at a discussion last December. We expect that DfT will be setting out next steps shortly.
The Rees Jeffreys Road Fund
The Rees Jeffreys Road Fund has, since its inception in 1950, provided provides support for education and research in all forms of transport. It helps to fund projects that improve safety, the roadside environment and rest facilities for motorists and other road users.
From our series of occasional Tweets:
Click on front pages to access Report:
12 October 2016: press notice available here.
And find out more:
Report authors David Quarmby and Phil Carey have been explaining the Major Road Network proposition at several conferences and seminars through autumn 2016.
A special session at the Highways UK event at the NEC Birmingham on 17 November discussed the report with lead players, including the sub-national transport bodies - watch the video of David Quarmby's talk, the subsequent discussion chaired by the BBC's Richard Westcott, and Phil Carey's presentation and Q&A.
Watch a video of George Lee interviewing David Quarmby and Phil Carey in June this year for the National Highways Academy's 'Highways Delivery 2016' conference - Developing a Vision for England's Major Roads.
Listen to a podcast of CIHT interview with David Quarmby, probing the Major Road Network proposition, in April.
And read recent articles:
June 2016: 'A Road Network for the Whole Economy' - article in Transport Times developing our proposition