LGA response to Strategic Route Network proposal, 7 February 2018

The LGA welcomed the creation of Highways England and the Road Improvement Strategy (RIS). Long term funding certainty and sustained investment are welcome developments for the strategic network.


Summary

The LGA welcomed the creation of Highways England and the Road Improvement Strategy (RIS). Long term funding certainty and sustained investment are welcome developments for the strategic network.

The LGA also welcomes the levels of investment that have characterised the first RIS period however we note with concern the extreme disparity in funding between the local and strategic networks. For example over the first RIS periods were awarded 52 times more cash per mile for routine maintenance from central government than local roads.

There is a need for this investment and long term approach to be replicated with long term funding certainty for local networks to ensure investments on both networks can complement each other and the schemes planned in RIS period 2 achieve the best possible value. Much of the language of the Strategic Route Network proposal shows Highways England has listened to areas that could be improved.

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LGA response to Strategic Route Network proposal, 7 February 2018