Major Roads Project

Roads for the Future

The Rees Jeffreys Road Fund published on 12 October 2016 its report on A Major Road Network for England. (See Press Release)

Report authors David Quarmby and Phil Carey argue that the Strategic Road Network (SRN) does not 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;

UPDATE MARCH 2017  The report was well-received by key players in Government and roads delivery, as shown by the notes of the discussions following publication.  A Major Road Network for England – Summary of Seminar 8 December 2016 We expect that DfT will be setting out next steps shortly.

Click below to access the full report, and a 12-page summary report.



Supporting documents

Supporting Document 1 – The Gulf between National and Local Roads Regimes

Supporting Document 2 – Defining the MRN

Supporting Document 3 – Spatial and Economic Planning and the MRN

Supporting Document 4 – The Needs of Users

Supporting Document 5 – Air Quality

Supporting Document 6 – Service Levels and MRN Variation by Tier

Supporting Document 7 – Responsibilities of the Network Operators

Supporting Document 8 – Safety Management on the MRN

Supporting Document 9 – Demand in the longer term

Supporting Document 10 – Opportunities and Challenges in Technology

The Study was also informed by work commissioned from the Centre for Transport and Society at the University of the West of England on Network Users and their Characteristics, and on Users and Community Expectations.

A limited number of hard copy versions of the full report and 12- page summary are available to organisations on request.  Contact the Secretary on for more information.

For more information on the project go to Major Roads for the Future

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