Pinch point programme
How did it all get started?
The pinch point programme forms part of the UK Government’s growth initiative, outlined during the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement in November 2011. The Agency was initially allocated over £200m for the pinch point programme to deliver focused improvements to the Strategic Road Network, during the period 2012/13 to 2014/15. Following the Autumn Statement 2012 the Highways Agency received an additional £100m to invest in the pinch point programme.
The pinch point programme is being designed by the Highways Agency to deliver smaller scale improvements to the strategic road network that will help to stimulate growth in the local economy and relieve congestion and/or improve safety.
Engagement with our local stakeholders is a key part of the pinch point programme. The agency has been talking to local enterprise partnerships and divisions within local authorities to incorporate their knowledge and priorities for growth within their local areas into the programme.
Stages one and two of the programme were announced by the Roads Minister in July 2012 and Secretary of State in October 2012 and consisted of 65 improvement projects across the network.
The third stage of the pinch point programme was announced by the Highways Agency on 10 April 2013 and brought the total investment in the pinch point programme to £317 million across 123 schemes.
Since that time separate projects in two locations have been merged to create a single scheme that will deliver the same intended outcomes. The schemes which have been merged are:
- A14 junction 31 to 32 eastbound and westbound lane gain/lane drop in Cambridgeshire
- A38 Markeaton schemes in Derby; a larger scheme was announced in October 2012 with an earlier scheme announced in July 2012
In February 2014 the Highways Agency announced a further two schemes to be added into the pinch point programme. These are:
- A1 Southoe speed reduction and safety camera scheme, Cambridgeshire
- M61/A580 merge signalisation scheme, Salford, Greater Manchester
In December 2014 two schemes have been withdrawn from the pinch point programme. These are:
- A47 Honingham roundabout expressway, Norfolk
An alternative and more comprehensive scheme has been identified and announced at the Autumn Statement as part of the Road Investment Strategy, which will provide a continuous dual carriageway between Norwich and Dereham, which includes improving the Honingham location.
- A303 Cartgate roundabout improvement, Yeovil
The A303 route in the south west region is undergoing a major improvement programme as part of the Road Investment Strategy announced at the Autumn Statement. We are therefore developing solutions at the location of the withdrawn A303 Cartgate scheme, as part of the A303 feasibility study.
In July 2015, two schemes have been moved from the pinch point programme to be developed further during the next few years of the Road Investment Period.
- A46 Cold Ashton, South Gloucestershire
This scheme is at design stage and is due to start construction in summer 2016 and complete construction in 2017. It will provide benefits to road user to reduce congestion and improve safety at this key junction linking Bath to the M5.
- A404 Bisham roundabout, Maidenhead
This scheme has been through local consultation and it has been decided to withdraw the scheme whilst a longer term solution is identified for this location.
This brings the overall number of schemes to 119.
(as of 30th June 2015)
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View the pinch point schemes which are being undertaken in your area in the map below.