Written statement to Parliament

The strategic road network and the delivery of sustainable development

Announcing the publication of a policy setting out the role of the strategic road network in encouraging economic growth.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Stephen Hammond

This statement is to inform the House that I am today (10 September 2013) publishing policy) setting out the role of the strategic road network in enabling economic growth.

The new policy will replace circulars Circular 02/2007 planning and the strategic road network and DfT circular 01/2008 policy on service areas and other roadside facilities on motorways and all-purpose trunk roads in England.

The new policy removes some constraints and burdens from local authorities and other local decision makers, creating greater scope for addressing local needs when considering proposals for new developments.

In reducing regulation, the new policy will encourage growth by making it easier for businesses and communities to develop through increased opportunity and reduced cost, while at the same time ensuring that the road network continues to operate efficiently.

Published 10 September 2013