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, which now informs the Government's new Transport Investment Strategy.
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 JULY 2017 Secretary of State for Transport Chis Grayling announced on 5 July the intention to consult on the creation of a Major Road Network for England, as a central element of the new Transport Investment Strategy. Discussion of the implications of our report has been under way with key players in Government and roads delivery for some time; the key issues being addressed were set out in this note of conclusions reached at a discussion last December.
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:
5 July 2017
"We are delighted to see the government has now adopted our concept of the Major Road Network. This embraces the more important local authority ‘A’ roads which support England’s regional economies. As we proposed, local authorities will have access to resources for the MRN’s improvement and development from the forthcoming National Road Fund, alongside the planning and funding of the Strategic Road Network of motorways and trunks roads. Adopting and promoting the MRN in this way will help the government’s investment plans reach and benefit communities right across England.
And the Trustees of the Rees Jeffreys Road Fund are pleased that their investment in this two-year study, and the effort and commitment of the two authors, will now have far-reaching consequences for England’sroad network and its millions of users."
Report authors David Quarmby and Phil Carey explained 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