The report – A Major Road Network for England  was published by the Rees Jeffreys Road Fund on 12 October 2016. (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;

 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.

In July 2017  the Department for Transport announced its Transport Investment Strategy (see DfT announcement.) This new strategy will see local roads benefit from a multi-billion pound fund with the proposed creation of a major road network. Transport Secretary Chris Grayling acknowledged in his press release that the proposals for the major road network were a response to the Rees Jeffreys Road Fund study , which highlighted the disparity between the funding and planning of Britain’s motorways — the strategic road network — and local authority A roads.

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.