The government has released its draft Road Investment Strategy 2, which sets out the objectives of the government to upgrade the Strategic Road Network (SRN).
As well as setting out objectives, resources available, and the timetable by which participants have to provide the government with more information, the second road investment strategy has been influenced and written in line with the consultation process.
This ran from December 2017 to February 2018 and researched road traffic growth, induced travel demand, road connectivity for ports and airports, public dialogue into future roads, and new road transport technologies and services impacts.
The Road Investment Strategy 2 will set out the spending on the SRN for the financial years 2020/21 to 2024/25, which is set to be even more than the initial £15 billion set out in the first Road Investment Strategy for 2015 to 2020.
Jesse Norman, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Roads, Local Transport and Devolution, said that the documents published summarise what has been learned through research and consultations, with objectives set out in Road Strategy 2 in consequence of this.
He said that Road Investment Strategy 2 should reinforce progress in the key areas of safety, customer service and delivery.
The consultation has also identified a “desire for an SRN that provides reliably smooth journeys for its users, has a positive impact on its surroundings and the people who live, work and relax around it, and that makes intelligent use of emerging technologies and ‘green infrastructure’.”
The draft Road Investment Strategy 2 makes it clear that, for the successful delivery of the strategy, cooperation of a wide variety of stakeholders will be required – in particular those with expertise and understanding of local and regional priorities, so that decisions are respectful of place.
Close working relationships will be required with sub-national transport bodies; devolved administrations in Scotland and Wales; local authorities with local highways responsibilities; and police and other emergency services.
The draft Road Investment Strategy 2 ends by confirming the finalised strategy will be published towards the end of next year.