Route based strategies are being taken forward by the Highways Agency to enable a smarter approach to investment planning and support greater participation in planning for the strategic road network from local and regional stakeholders.
The production of the first three strategies generated some key lessons which have informed our thinking on how best to deliver the network wide programme of strategies; and prioritise the outcomes. As such we will be taking a two stage approach.
In the first stage we will work with local stakeholders to develop a uniform set of route based strategies for all routes on the network. The strategies will identify performance issues on routes and future challenges, taking account of local growth challenges and priorities. The emphasis for this stage will be on establishing the evidence base as opposed to identifying solutions, which will take place in the next stage. It is intended that this first stage will be completed by spring 2014.
There is no time to lose! The SG19 Road Safety Group will ensure that we are included in our local strategies and can put forward the views of the groups members.