DfT and Highways England publish RIS 2 post budget

Following on from today's budget announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak, the Department for Transport and Highways England have also issued the long awaited Road Investment Strategy for the period 2020 - 2025 (RIS2). The strategy, which encompasses the Government’s plan for investment in the Strategic Road Network for the upcoming 5 years, outlines not just the short-term vision but also a look at how our road network will be in years to come. Production of the RIS2 report followed stage process of research, decision making and mobilisation. The research and decisions phases created several reports, which influenced the final output.

This investment strategy is required under the Infrastructure Act 2015. Source:

The paper presents:

- the strategic vision – the long-term vision for what the strategic road network should look like in 2050, and the steps to help realise this

- the performance specification setting out the expectations for Highways England and the strategic road network, including metrics and indicators measuring the performance of both Highways England and the network against outcomes

- the investment plan of how money will be invested in operations, maintenance, renewals and enhancements of the road areas affected

- a statement of funds confirming that £27.4 billion will be provided over the period to Highways England to do this work ​

The pledge will see work start on over 20 connections to ports and airports, over 100 junctions and over 4,000 miles of road.

Headline schemes getting the go-ahead include the A303 upgrade including the tunnel at Stonehenge, dualling the A66 Trans-Pennine route and forging ahead with the Lower Thames Crossing.

The potholes fund will also be topped up to release £500m per year until 2025, enough to fill 50m potholes across the country.

As a result, the government will now spend £1.5bn this year filling in potholes and resurfacing roads.

Major starts in second Road Investment Strategy

· Dual the A66 Trans-Pennine and upgrading the A46 Newark bypass

· Improve the M60 Simister Island in Manchester to tackle delays

· Lower Thames Crossing

· New dual carriageway and a two-mile Stonehenge tunnel on the A303

· Assess how the A1/A19 north of Newcastle and the A1 Doncaster to Darrington in Yorkshire can boost economic growth

· Explore how to connect communities in East Lancashire and West Yorkshire better, and the case for improvements to links between the M4 and the Dorset Coast

The government will also take action to improve transport links between North Wales and England by developing the A483 Pant Llanymynech Bypass.

But the fate of the Smart motorway programme is still hanging in the balance while the Government conducts a safety review.

Road construction starts 2020-2025


Projects to start

· A1 Morpeth to Ellingham

· A19 Down Hill Lane

· A1 Birtley to Coal House

· A66 Northern Trans-Pennine

· M6 South Lancaster Growth Catalyst J33a (HIF)

· A585 Windy Harbour to Skippool

· M60/M62/M66 Simister Island

· A61 Westwood Roundabout A5036 Princess Way

· Mottram Moor Link Road & A57 Link Road

· M6 Junction 19

Smart Motorways subject to review

· M62 Junctions 20 – 25

· M6 Junctions 21A-26

· M56 Junctions 6 – 8

The Midlands

Projects to start

· A46 Newark Bypass

· A38 Derby Junctions

· M54-M6 Link Road

· A5 Dodwells to Longshoot

· M42 Junction 6

· A46 Coventry Junctions

Smart Motorways subject to review

· M40 / M42 interchange

The East

Projects to start

· A47 North Tuddenham to Easton

· A47 Blofield to North Burlingham

· A47 Great Yarmouth Junctions

· A47 Thickthorn Junction

· A47 Guyhirn Junction

· A47 Wansford to Sutton

· A428 Black Cat to Caxton Gibbet

· A5 Towcester Relief Road

· A120 Tendring / Colchester Borders Garden Community (HIF)

· A12 Colchester / Braintree Borders Garden Community (HIF)

· A12 Chelmsford to A120

· M11 Junction 7a

· M25 Junction 25

· M25 Junction 28

· Lower Thames Crossing

Smart Motorways subject to review

· A1(M) Junctions 6 – 8

The South and West

Projects to start

· M5 Junction 10 and Link Road (Gloucestershire) (HIF)