The scope of the Study included:

  • criteria for and definition of the network of interest, and how it is sub-classified for the purpose of the Study;
  • evolving patterns of demand for both personal and business transport - taking account of the impact of technology, changing demographics, attitudes to transport choices and travel behaviour;  and taking account of developments in supply chains and in the patterns of freight movement;
  • the economic value and relevance of the network and the impact [and implications] of environmental and planning considerations both at national and local levels;
  • a high-level view of the safety imperatives for  users and others at risk on and around the network, in order to determine safety policies, measures, targets and responsibilities;
  • current, prospective and desirable changes in road network specification, management and operations, including the impact and opportunities of technology, and taking account of developing standards and expectations of both personal and business transport users;
  • bringing demand and supply together:  developing objectives and criteria forimproving and evolving the network and managing demand, and addressing the planning and decision-making processes, including appropriate models of governance, especially in major conurbations and;
  • options for sustainable funding for the network

The 25-year time horizon for the Study provided the opportunity to consider major innovations and developments but increases uncertainties about many factors, and the Study has sought to comprehend and embrace these uncertainties, reflecting them in the development of the vision for the network and related matters.

The authors took as their starting point the programme of reform now centred around Highways England, with the new funding mechanisms now in place through the Roads Investment Strategy.