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A1 east of England strategic study: interim report

Sets out the high level case for the A1 east of England scheme.

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This is the stage 1 report for the A1 east of England study. It outlines the high level case for a improvements to the A1 as it passes through the east of England. It will inform further work being carried out to develop the options for intervention.

Based on work so far, consultants have concluded that:

  • the study area is one of the most highly performing economic regions of the UK outside London and the A1 is its major strategic artery

  • parts of the A1 in the east of England are characterised by poor journey quality and reliability

  • the route is currently underperforming in traffic terms and does not provide the connectivity required to support growth

  • parts of the A1 are located unacceptably close to residential locations, causing unpleasant environmental conditions for local residents

  • the A1 segregates various communities along its route, which has wide ranging impacts, for example on quality of life, wellbeing, access to jobs and access to services

Background to the A1 east of England strategic study

The A1 east of England strategic study is one of 6 strategic studies that will inform the development of the second phase of the Road investment strategy (RIS 2).

The study was announced as part of the first phase of the Road investment strategy (RIS 1) published in December 2014. The RIS 1 and RIS 2 set out a long-term approach to improve England’s motorways and major roads (the ‘strategic road network’).