A fresh approach to the roads that matter most - a Major Road Network for England

12 October 2016

Press notice accompanying publication of the Study Report


Fresh thinking about road network needed to ensure effective support for regional economies

25 November 2015

David Quarmby set out to the first Highways UK event at London's Excel the case for a more holistic approach to planning and managing the road network to ensure increased investment can provide the greatest possible boost to regional and local economies.

Read the full press release here, and the text of his speech here.


Major Roads for the Future - study launched

12 November 2014

An important new study is being launched to map out what could be the shape, scale and characteristics of England’s major road network by 2040.

It takes place against a backdrop of a projected 10 million increase in the population over the same time frame, as well as significant social, environmental and economic challenges, and considerable technological change – the implications of which will be investigated by the study.

The Major Roads for the Future project has been commissioned by the Rees Jeffreys Road Fund and is planned to report in autumn 2016.

The two-year study will be led by David Quarmby who was chairman of the RAC Foundation until 2013 and has had a long career in many different aspects of transport. Working alongside him will be independent consultant Phil Carey, a former senior civil servant at the Department for Transport with wide experience including roads strategy.

The Department for Transport has expressed interest in the study and the Highways Agency will support the project with “advice, information and data”.

Read the full press release here.