The Freight Transport Association has voiced its support of the announcement of the Roads Investment Strategy (RIS), saying that it is “good news for the freight and logistics sector.”
the first ever Roads Investment Strategy outlines plans for 1,300 new lane miles on motorways and trunk roads, in order to tackle congestion and fix some of the most notorious and longstanding problem areas on the UK road network.
Malcolm Bingham, FTA head of road network management policy said: “FTA believes that this investment announcement has significant benefits for the freight industry in setting improvements to journey reliability. The freight and logistics industry relies upon reliable road infrastructure to ensure that products are move efficiently and at reasonable cost.”
Described as an ambitious £15 billion plan to triple levels of spending by the end of the decade to increase the capacity and condition of England’s roads, the RIS was announced to Parliament by Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin and Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander.
Patrick McLoughlin said: “I am setting out the biggest, boldest and most far-reaching roads programme for decades. It will dramatically improve our road network and unlock Britain’s economic potential. Roads are key to our nation’s prosperity. For too long they have suffered from under-investment.”
The RIS sets out a vision for the Strategic Road Network and aims to deliver far greater consistency across the network going forward. As a result investment will be focused on delivering: a network of ‘smart motorways’ and ‘expressways’; improvements to support the Northern Power House (including announcing a new study into a trans Pennine tunnel); supporting growth and housing; better connections between key routes (e.g. Oxford to Cambridge) and to other end points (e.g. Mersey Port); and safety and congestion (including new study into the South West quadrant of M25.
FTA’s Bingham added: “Our challenge now is to make sure that these announced schemes are taken forward and the work that will be inevitable during construction is done with the minimum of disruption.”