Sunday, 5 April 2015

Highways Agency outlines plans to turn busy A-roads into mini-motorways . . .

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Highways Agency outlines plans to turn busy A-roads into mini-motorways


Cited at:
http://www.gloucestershireecho.co.uk/Highways-Agency-outlines-plans-turn-busy-roads/story-26205008-detail/story.html

Highways Agency outlines plans to turn busy A-roads into mini-motorways

Which of Gloucestershire's A-roads should become mini motorways?

New mini motorways are being planned as part of a £15billion revamp of Britain's roads.
Busy A-roads in Gloucestershire will be redone to help cut delays and transform them into highways. This will include cutting out roundabouts and removing traffic lights.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin

The strategy, presented by the Highways Agency to the Government, wants to create new slip roads to improve congestion and to ban slow moving vehicles such as tractors and bicycles.

If accepted, up to 18 roads will be changed in the first instance, with seven to follow.
The strategy wrote: "Our ambition for the next 25 years is to revolutionise our roads.

"Our busiest A-Roads will become expressways, providing improved standards of performance, with technology to manage traffic and mile-a-minute speeds.

"Users of motorways know they can expect a broadly consistent standard from the whole of their road, and that this ensures they have a safe, free-moving journey."

The agency has presented the Road Investment Strategy to Parliament.


A Department for Transport spokesman told the Mail: "The move is part of a radical package of road reform that is expected to save the taxpayer at least £2.6billion over the next ten years."

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin added: "Infrastructure is a vital part of this government's long term economic plan to secure a better future for this country, that is why we are investing £15billion in the biggest upgrade to England's strategic roads in a generation.

"The creation of Highways England will mean better value for money, improved customer satisfaction, more road capacity, improved safety and a better quality of service for millions of people who use the strategic road network every day."












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