Dominic Browne 13 March 2020

New major road network and large local major schemes announced

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The Government has announced the successful major road network (MRN) and Large Local Major (LLM) schemes proceeding to the next stage of development.

The Treasury's Budget document names 15 schemes that will be taken forward - calling them a 'second round' of projects, despite this being the first funding round for the MRN (2020-2025).

A handful of MRN schemes were previously announced by former transport secretary Chris Grayling in 2018; however these were not mentioned in the Budget.

Although the Government has previously allocated £3.5bn between 2020-2025 for these two types of scheme, the Budget document does not provide costings for each of the new MRN and LLM schemes.

This successful schemes are:

  • junction improvements to the A12 East of Ipswich
  • improving the A350 at Junction 17 of the M4
  • a single carriageway bypass on the A39 Atlantic Highway (pictured)
  • junction improvements to the A426/A4071 Avon Mill/Hunters Lane, and a short dual carriageway
  • a link road from Chesterfield town centre to the A6192 and A619 at Staveley
  • carriageway dualling and roundabout improvements on the A12 in Woodbridge
  • junction improvements on the A127 growth corridor
  • capacity enhancement on the A326
  • alleviating congestion pinch points through the villages of Walton and Ashcott on the A39
  • junction improvements at the Army and Navy roundabout near the centre of Chelmsford
  • refurbishment of the flyover structure carrying the A232 in Croydon
  • improving the Ely to Cambridge A10 Junction
  • refurbishment to the Hope and Anchor flyover which carries the A316 Twickenham Road
  • refurbishment of Kew Bridge
  • upgrades to M5 Junction 9 and a bypass on the A46 Ashchurch

This article first appeared on Highways Magazine

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