About the project

The Rees Jeffreys Road Fund commissioned in autumn 2014 a substantial two-year Study on ‘Major Roads for the Future’ in England.

The Study is developing a long term vision – to 2040 – of the role and evolution of the major road network in England, taking account of an unusually broad range of factors appropriate to the long-term timescale.

The Rees Jeffreys' trustees intend that the Study should inform and influence policy-making for this Parliament and for the longer term.

The Study is moving into the final phase;  we are drawing together our findings, and have drawn up our Core Proposition, ahead of publishing our full report this October.   


The Rees Jeffreys Road Fund

The Rees Jeffreys Road Fund provides support for education and research in transport; and helps fund projects that improve the roadside environment for motorists and other road users.


from our series of occasional Tweets:

Latest news

June 2016:  David Quarmby and Phil Carey interviewed by George Lee for the National Highways Academy's 'Highways Delivery 2016' conference - Developing a Vision for England's Major Roads.

June 2016:   'A Road Network for the Whole Economy' - article in Transport Times develops our proposition

June 2016:  The report authors outline some emerging conclusions from the Study to the Local Government Association's Economy, Environment, Housing and Transport Board.

April 2016:  podcast of CIHT interview with David Quarmby probing the Major Road Network proposition

April 2016:  two features in Surveyor magazine reporting the emerging Major Road Network concept

February 2016:  updated map of indicative Major Road Network - see opposite, and Defining the Network topic

25 November 2015:  David Quarmby speaks at Highways UK event at London's Excel on how highway investment can support national, regional and local economies

29 October 2015:   Surveyor magazine published first article based on interview with David and Phil

Eleven months in:  a short summary of progress to date

16 October 2015:  Developing a Vision for England's major roads - article published in Local Transport Today

23 September 2015:  Updated discussion notes on Personal Travel Demand, Freight Demand and Impacts of Technology now available through the Publications page.

25 February 2015:  Defining the Network -  our first reports are now published on the Study Topic page

The Study was launched on 12 November 2014. The press release can be downloaded here