Policy paper

Roads: choice and reliability

Considers options to ensure a reliable road network and appropriate road capacity for the 21st century.

This was published under the 2005 to 2010 Labour government


Roads: delivering choice and reliability

Request an accessible format.
If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need a version of this document in a more accessible format, please email webmasterdft@dft.gov.uk. Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use.


This document outlines the choices and trade-offs we need to make in order to give people the reliable road network they want. It explores how we can provide roads that will support the trips that people and businesses need to make, in the most sustainable, reliable way. It discusses specific initiatives which we could implement to improve:

  • local trips we make, on our city and regional roads
  • journeys made across the country on our motorways
Published 16 July 2008