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Major Road Network report is taking us backwards

Alan Wenban-Smith, Urban & Regional Policy, Birmingham B13
28 October 2016
 

This new Rees Jeffreys report proposing a Major Road Network (MRN) is essentially a bid for money, as indicated by your headline ‘Give Councils same funding certainty as Highways England’ (LTT 14 Oct). It proposes expanding the existing 4,200 mile Strategic Road Network (SRN) of inter-urban roads to an 8,000 mile MRN. From 2020/21 the National Road Fund is due to receive Vehicle Excise Duty and the report wants councils (particularly Shires) to share with Highway England this...

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