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Government plan to boost south-east transport infrastructure

Study will look at ways to improve the performance of the transport network between junctions 10 and 16 of the M25.

  • the study will prepare a case to consider further investment on this part of the M25
  • £15 billion is being invested to improve Britain’s roads
  • six strategic studies are being carried out to work out how to improve the road network

A major study to boost transport infrastructure across the south-east has been launched.

The work will look at ways to improve the performance of the transport network between junctions 10 and 16 of the M25.

The government is investing £15 billion to create 1,300 extra miles of lanes up until 2020 in the biggest upgrade to the road network in a generation, to deliver better journeys for drivers.

The new strategic study will explore the best way to make further improvements that help the economy to grow between 2020 and 2025.

It is one of 6 strategic studies the Department for Transport has commissioned, and work is already underway on the other 5.

Highways England has appointed WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, Steer Davies Gleave and GL Hearn to complete the project.

The team will prepare a case to consider further investment on this part of the M25.

The study will consider a range of different options to ensure that the local road network and public transport play their part in long term transport solutions to the issues affecting the busiest part of the strategic road network in the country.

All lane running has been introduced on two sections of the M25 – between junctions 23 and 27 and junctions 5 and 7 – maintaining safety on the motorway network while delivering more reliable journeys with less congestion.

Road Minister Andrew Jones said:

We are making a £15 billion investment in our roads – the biggest in a generation – to deliver better journeys and put the infrastructure in place for our economy to grow.

We have a long-term plan for Britain so we are carrying out 6 strategic studies to decide what further improvements we can make. We are looking at this section of the M25 as it is one of the busiest sections of the road network.

The study is due to be completed by the end of 2016.

Six strategic studies are being carried out so the department can develop a Road investment strategy for 2020 to 2025.

The other 5 are:

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

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