The first Road investment strategy (RIS 1), announced in December 2014, covered investment in England’s motorways and major roads – the strategic road network (SRN) – during the 2015 to 2020 road period. It outlined a multi-year investment plan covering costs of operating, maintaining, renewing and enhancing the SRN (including more than 100 major schemes) funded by £15.2 billion of public money. This was the initial step in a long-term programme to improve England’s motorways and major roads.
The process was repeated in developing the second Road investment strategy (RIS2) covering the second road period 2020 to 2025. Another £24.5 billion will be spent during the second RIS period.
RIS3 needs to be developed over the coming years so that work on delivering long-term improvements to our roads, as well as their ongoing operation, maintenance and renewal, can continue seamlessly beyond 2025. There are a number of steps that need to be completed leading up to 2025, which can be summarised in 3 phases:
RIS 3 research phase
To develop a RIS 3 that meets our aims and ensures 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:
National Highways Route Strategies process
output from ongoing Strategic Studies into complex problems facing the road network that may need to be addressed over multiple road periods
the RIS Pipeline – schemes identified in RIS2 that are being developed for potential delivery in future RISs, but are not committed
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
Proposals for the Strategic Road Network (SRN) and its current and future needs.