National Highways wants your views on future road investment in the South East
What are the issues with the roads you use? How could they be improved? National Highways has launched an online feedback tool for road users and those who live near to England’s motorways and major A roads in the South East region to give their views on where investment is needed the most.
The strategic road network, managed by National Highways (formerly Highways England), stretches over 4,300 miles and represents the core our of national transport system and from across Hampshire and Berkshire to Surrey, Sussex and Kent, our 500 miles of motorways and A-roads take people to visitor attractions like Windsor Castle, Ascot races, Legoland and Wembley Stadium.
At holiday time, the south coast, including Brighton and Bournemouth, draws the crowds via the M3 while those seeking an international getaway use the M25, the M23 and the M4 to fly from Gatwick and Heathrow. Our roads also support the international ports of Dover, Portsmouth and Southampton.
The South East’s roads are the most heavily used in the country and our work on the M4, the M3, the M23, M20, M2 and the M25, in addition to important trunk roads like the A3, A34, A27, A2 and A21, will improve traffic flow as well as maintain these vital routes.
These roads are key in enabling businesses to transport products and services, providing access to jobs and suppliers, and facilitating trade and investment across the country as well as providing essential links for leisure and connecting people and places.
But it’s not just all about cars and drivers. They’re improving conditions for pedestrians, horse riders and cyclists too, and they strike a fine balance between increasing capacity and safety as well as protecting history, landscape and the environment.
They are delivering an unprecedented level of investment in our roads to increase capacity and reduce congestion to improve journey times and to make journeys more reliable and safer.
So, make sure you have your say in where you want to see future investment going.
The online tool has been developed as part of our engagement process for Route Strategies, which is one activity used to inform the government’s decisions on future road investment. As well as capturing public feedback, we will be consulting local government and transport authorities, as well as other interested parties.
National Highway’s regional director for the South East, Nicola Bell, said:
“At National Highways we are constantly challenging ourselves to seek out ways to improve the experience of those who use our roads and the communities who live nearby.
“The new easy-to-use online tool provides everyone from commuters, professional road users, nearby residents and community groups to comment.
“I urge you to provide feedback on what is important to you – a specific location on England’s motorways or major A roads, a longer route or general feedback about our road network. This is your opportunity to help inform the long-term vision for the future of our roads, in our region.”
Together with input from a wide range of other stakeholders feedback will be used to inform recommendations and investment plans going forward for the Department for Transport’s next Road Investment Strategies (RIS3 2025 – 2030).
The online tool is open for feedback until 30 November 2021.
See Route Strategies – Planning for the future of our roads for further information.