Highways Agency's major road schemes programme

The motor­ways and major trunk roads pro­gramme is for projects cost­ing more than £10 mil­lion, which are either pub­licly funded or financed through public-private partnerships.

See our cur­rent major road schemes pro­gramme.

Our major projects jour­ney since Octo­ber 2010

Fol­low­ing the Spend­ing Review (SR10) announce­ment on 26 Octo­ber 2010, the Chan­cel­lor announced a re-prioritised trans­port pro­gramme (see the Depart­ment for Transport’s sup­port­ing doc­u­ment enti­tled “Invest­ment in High­ways Trans­port Schemes”) based upon four criteria:

  • best pub­lic value for money
  • strate­gic value
  • deliv­er­abil­ity and,
  • non mon­e­tised impacts

The Gov­ern­ment announced plans to invest £1.4 bil­lion on major road improve­ments on 14 new schemes through to the end of finan­cial year 2014/15. Included within the pro­gramme were 11 man­aged motor­way schemes – these make bet­ter use of the exist­ing net­work through the use of the hard shoulder.

The High­ways Agency made a com­mit­ment to reduce the total cost of the 14 schemes by 20 per cent against agreed base­line esti­mates. This pro­gramme is achiev­able because we will be bear­ing down hard on our costs and the costs of our sup­ply chain. We look to the con­struc­tion indus­try to work with us to achieve these sav­ings through a range of mea­sures includ­ing cer­tainty of for­ward work pro­grammes, value engi­neer­ing and effi­cien­cies in use of mate­ri­als, labour and equipment.

On 29 Novem­ber 2011 the Gov­ern­ment pub­lished its Autumn State­ment 2011 with a com­mit­ment to invest a fur­ther £900 mil­lion in this cur­rent Spend­ing Review period to tackle areas of con­ges­tion and improve the national road net­work. This addi­tional invest­ment includes fund­ing which will enable us to:

  • Bring for­ward con­struc­tion on another six schemes (some­times known as ‘growth 2011 schemes’) into the SR10 period, rather than future spend­ing periods
  • Accel­er­ate the deliv­ery of two man­aged motor­way schemes (M25 J23 to J27 man­aged motoway and M1 J39 to J42 man­aged motor­way) which were planned for the lat­ter years of the SR10 period.

The lat­est chap­ter to the major road schemes programme

In a key speech to the Con­fed­er­a­tion of British Indus­try (CBI) on 19 Novem­ber 2012, the Prime Min­is­ter announced that the Gov­ern­ment was bring­ing for­ward fund­ing to pilot to an accel­er­ate approach to upgrad­ing our roads. By look­ing hard at how we go from mak­ing a deci­sion to improve the net­work to hav­ing it ready for use by motorists the gov­ern­ment had con­cluded that we should be able to halve the time it takes to deliver man­aged motor­way schemes. In response to this chal­lenge, the High­ways Agency will aim to com­plete con­struc­tion of the fol­low­ing man­aged motor­way schemes by Spring 2015:

The pilot will also include one con­ven­tional scheme: A160/A180 Imming­ham Improve­ment scheme where our ambi­tion is to cut 18 months out of an orig­i­nal five-and-a-half year pro­gramme, start­ing work in sum­mer 2015, and com­plet­ing the scheme by autumn 2016.

In the Autumn State­ment 2012, the Chan­cel­lor pledged an addi­tional £1 bil­lion to be invested in this spend­ing review period to improve the national road net­work and to accel­er­ate the devel­op­ment and deliv­ery of major road schemes, including:

Cur­rent major road schemes programme

Major road schemes com­pleted since Octo­ber 2010:

Major road schemes cur­rently under con­struc­tion with planned com­ple­tion dates:

Major road schemes start­ing in 2013/14 and planned start dates:

  • M1 J28 to J31 man­aged motor­way – the project’s con­struc­tion period is being reduced as part of the pilot ini­tia­tive to speed up deliv­ery of projects – as referred to the Prime Minister’s speech to the CBI in Novem­ber 2012. We plan to start con­struc­tion between July and Sep­tem­ber 2013.
  • A14 Ket­ter­ing Bypass improve­ment – this scheme was selected as a “growth scheme” as part of the 2011 Autumn State­ment. We plan to start con­struc­tion between Octo­ber and Decem­ber 2013.
  • A45/A46 Toll­bar End improve­ment – this scheme was selected as a “growth scheme” as part of the 2011 Autumn State­ment. We plan to start con­struc­tion between Jan­u­ary and March 2014.
  • M1 J19 /M6 Improve­ment – this scheme was selected as a “growth scheme” as part of the 2011 Autumn State­ment. We plan to start con­struc­tion between Jan­u­ary and March 2014.
  • M3 J2 to J4a man­aged motor­way – this scheme was orig­i­nally selected to be reviewed as part of the Com­pre­hen­sive Spend­ing Review in Octo­ber 2010. Fol­low­ing this, the scheme was selected as a growth scheme” in the 2011 Autumn State­ment. The project’s con­struc­tion period is being reduced as part of the pilot ini­tia­tive to speed up deliv­ery of projects – as referred to the Prime Minister’s speech to the CBI in Novem­ber 2012. We plan to start con­struc­tion between Jan­u­ary and March 2014.
  • A1 Leem­ing to Bar­ton Improve­ment – This scheme was can­celled in Octo­ber 2010 as part of the Com­pre­hen­sive Spend­ing Review. Fol­low­ing the 2012 Autumn State­ment, addi­tional fund­ing was con­firmed to bring the scheme back into the pro­gramme and for work to start in the cur­rent spend­ing review period. We plan to start con­struc­tion between Jan­u­ary and March 2014.
  • M6 J10a to J13 man­aged motor­way – this scheme was selected as a “growth scheme” as part of the 2011 Autumn State­ment. The project’s con­struc­tion period is being reduced as part of the pilot ini­tia­tive to speed up deliv­ery of projects – as referred to the Prime Minister’s speech to the CBI in Novem­ber 2012. We plan to start con­struc­tion between Jan­u­ary and March 2014.
  • M1 J32 to J35a man­aged motor­way — Start of con­struc­tion on this scheme is sub­ject to the com­ple­tion of envi­ron­men­tal assess­ment.  Work on the assess­ment is ongo­ing, once we have com­pleted this work, we will be able to update on deliv­ery timescales.

Major road schemes start­ing in 2014/15:

  • M1 J39 to J42 man­aged motor­way — this scheme was selected as a “growth scheme” as part of the 2011 Autumn State­ment; with the acceleration.
  • Man­ches­ter man­aged motor­way (M60 junc­tion 8 to M62 junc­tion 20) – This scheme com­bines three man­aged motor­way schemes which were pre­vi­ously man­aged sep­a­rately — M60 J8 to 12, M60 J15 to 12 Lane Gain and M62 J18 to 20). We are propos­ing to also incor­po­rate vari­able manda­tory speed lim­its between M60 J15 to 18 to enhance the ben­e­fits for road users in the area.
  • A556 Knutsford to Bow­don improve­ment – this scheme was one of the orig­i­nal schemes to be selected for con­struc­tion in the cur­rent spend­ing review period as part of the Com­pre­hen­sive Spend­ing Review in Octo­ber 2010.
  • A1 Lob­ley Hill – As part of the 2012 Autumn State­ment, addi­tional fund­ing was con­firmed to enable the us to start of work on this scheme in the cur­rent spend­ing review period.
  • A5 to M1 Link Improve­ment – As part of the 2012 Autumn State­ment, addi­tional fund­ing was con­firmed to enable the us to start of work on this scheme in the cur­rent spend­ing review period. The scheme has attracted con­tri­bu­tions from local pri­vate and pub­lic sec­tor part­ners totalling £50m. Its deliv­ery remains depen­dent on these contributions.
  • M25 J30/A13 Cor­ri­dor Improve­ment – As part of the 2012 Autumn State­ment, addi­tional fund­ing was con­firmed to enable the us to start of work on this scheme in the cur­rent spend­ing review period.

In addi­tion to the projects iden­ti­fied to start con­struc­tion by the end of 2014/15, the Gov­ern­ment announced in both May 2012 and in the 2012 Autumn State­ment, that fund­ing would be pro­vided to develop a num­ber of schemes for poten­tial con­struc­tion in future spend­ing reviews to ensure the High­ways Agency main­tains a “pipeline” of future major road schemes. For more infor­ma­tion on these schemes, please visit our Future spend­ing review page.