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Road investment strategy: post-2020

Sets out the process developing the next 'Road investment strategy' to continue long-term improvements to our motorways and major roads.

The first Road investment strategy (RIS 1) covered investment in England’s motorways and major roads (the ‘strategic road network’) during the 2015 to 2020 road period. This was the initial step in a long-term programme to improve England’s motorways and major roads. The process is repeatable and work is now underway to develop the second RIS — known as RIS 2 — covering the second road period post 2020.

RIS 1 was announced by the government in December 2014. It outlined a multi-year investment plan including over 100 major schemes funded by £15.2 billion of public money. RIS 2 needs to be developed over the coming years so that work on delivering long-term improvements to our roads can continue seamlessly beyond 2020. There are a number of steps that need to be completed leading up to 2020, which can be summarised in 3 phases:

  • research
  • decision
  • mobilisation

RIS 2 research phase

To develop a RIS 2 that meets our aims and ensure our investment decisions are the right ones, a robust research phase will need to be completed. The main sources of information for this research will be the 6 strategic studies and the programme of refreshed route strategies covering the entire network.

The strategic studies address some of the biggest challenges facing the road network, including the:

  • Northern Trans-Pennine — the A66 and A69 corridors
  • Trans-Pennine tunnel — linking Manchester to Sheffield
  • Manchester north-west quadrant — the M60 from junctions 8 to 18
  • A1 east of England — from the M25 to Peterborough
  • Oxford to Cambridge expressway
  • M25 south-west quadrant

Research phase: Strategic Road Network

Proposals for the Strategic Road Network (SRN) and its current and future needs.

  1. Shaping the future of England’s strategic roads (RIS2)

    • Closed consultation
  2. Highways England’s Strategic Road Network Initial Report

    • Corporate report
  3. Analysis to inform RIS2: DfT's strategy

    • Policy paper

Research phase: Northern Trans-Pennine

  1. Stage 3 report on improving the A66 and A69

    • Research and analysis
  2. Interim report on improving the A66 and A69

    • Research and analysis
  3. Stakeholder presentations on improving the A66 and A69

    • Research and analysis
  4. Terms of reference for the Northern Trans-Pennine strategic study

    • Research and analysis

Research phase: Trans-Pennine tunnel

  1. Trans-Pennine tunnel strategic study: stage 3 report

    • Research and analysis
  2. Trans-Pennine tunnel strategic study: updated interim report

    • Research and analysis
  3. Trans-Pennine tunnel strategic study: stakeholder reference group

    • Research and analysis
  4. Trans-Pennine tunnel strategic study: terms of reference

    • Research and analysis

Research phase: Manchester north-west quadrant

Research phase: A1 east of England

  1. A1 East of England strategic study: stage 3 report

    • Research and analysis
  2. A1 east of England strategic study: interim report

    • Research and analysis
  3. A1 east of England strategic study: stakeholder reference group

    • Research and analysis
  4. A1 east of England strategic study: terms of reference

    • Corporate report

Research phase: Oxford to Cambridge expressway

Research phase: M25 south-west quadrant

Research phase: aims and process

Announcements

  1. Highways England’s intelligent network of the future

    • Press release
  2. English regions to benefit from transport investment worth £3 billion

    • News story
  3. Roads funding

    • Written statement to Parliament
  4. The roads funding package

    • Policy paper
  5. The Northern transport strategy: first annual update

    • Written statement to Parliament
Published 30 November 2015
Last updated 13 December 2017 + show all updates
  1. Consultation on shaping the future of England’s strategic roads.
  2. M25 south-west quadrant strategic study reports.
  3. Stage 3 strategic studies.
  4. Trans-Pennine tunnel, A1 east of England, and Oxford to Cambridge Expressway studies.
  5. 'Road investment strategy post 2020: planning ahead' published.
  6. Northern Trans-Pennine and Manchester north-west quadrant strategic study reports published.
  7. First published.