20 May 2013
Campaign for Better Transport has reacted to the publication by the Highways Agency of the first three Route Based Strategies (1).
Stephen Joseph, Chief Executive, Campaign for Better Transport said
“Campaign for Better Transport supports the Highways Agency’s efforts to find smarter ways of managing our trunk roads but would like to see a wider perspective. The first three Route Based Studies are focused almost solely on vehicles using the trunk road network itself, rather than taking a broader look at local roads and other modes of transport.”
Stephen Joseph continued
“For Route Based Strategies to really deliver, the Highways Agency needs to take account of the full range of road users. In rolling out the programme across the trunk road network, we need to see the interests of community groups, pedestrians and cyclists taken on board."
1. Route Based Strategies are intended as a new approach to managing the trunk road network, designed to improve the operation of the strategic road network, based on the recommendation of the Cook Review.
2. Speaking on 20 May, Transport Minister, Stephen Hammond, confirmed the publication of the first three Route Based Strategy approach:
- M62 between Leeds and Manchester
- A12 between its junction with the M25 and A14 / A120 east of Colchester
- A1 West of Newcastle
The Minister also confirmed the use of Route Based Strategies would now be rolled out across the trunk road network, with strategies being produced for all routes by spring 2014. The evidence gathered from the strategies will then:
- Allow a network-wide assessment of problems and challenges
- Provide an overview of what steps may need to be taken to address these problems and future challenges
- Be used to identify and prioritise potential solutions to be delivered during the next spending review period and beyond