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Delivery Plan
2020-2025

Our priorities for the next five years to help our customers have safer and smoother journeys

Jim O'Sullivan, Chief Executive
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We will help create jobs and generate economic benefits for the whole country, at the same time as maintaining our roads to the highest standards for today’s drivers. In everything we do, we will consider the environment, while also safeguarding and preparing our roads for future.

Jim O’Sullivan, Chief Executive Officer

Delivering nationwide benefits

Over the next five years we will deliver our plans, improving safety and bringing economic, social and environmental benefits to all parts of the country.

52 schemes to be opened
12 new major road projects
20m vehicle hours saved
up to 64,000 jobs sustained in the construction industry
7,500 households helped through our noise mitigation schemes
£27bn benefits from £14.2bn investment in quality and capacity
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In everything we do, we will consider the environment, while also safeguarding and preparing our roads for future generations. Over the next five years we will reduce our own carbon emissions, and support government's ambition to achieve net zero carbon by 2050. We will protect wildlife and plant life by committing to no net-loss of biodiversity across our activities.

Jim O’Sullivan, Chief Executive Officer

Delivery that benefits the whole country

Over the next five years, we will invest in schemes to make our customers' journeys smoother, safer and more reliable.

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Project update

The North west

Our work in the North west will improve capacity and help deliver faster, more reliable journeys. For example, our A5036 Princess Way scheme will improve access to the Port of Liverpool.

Our A66 Northern Trans-Pennine scheme will provide benefits for local and regional economies.

And schemes such as our Mottram Moor Link Road and A57 Link Road will reduce congestion and bring both social and environmental benefits for local communities.

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Schemes to open
by 2025
5
Schemes to open
beyond 2025
All schemes in the North west
  1. A585 Windy Harbour to Skippool
  2. M62 junctions 20 to 25
  3. M6 junction 19
  4. A5036 Princess Way
  5. M6 junctions 21a to 26
  6. Mottram Moor Link Road & A57 Link Road
  7. M56 junctions 6 to 8
  8. A66 Northern Trans-Pennine
  9. M60/M62/M66 Simister Island Interchange

Find out more on some of our schemes by clicking the links

Project update

Yorkshire and north east

Our work in Yorkshire and north east will improve capacity and help delivery faster, more reliable journeys. For example, we will widen the A1 south of Gateshead and replace the Allerdene bridge.

Our A19 Down Hill Lane scheme will support local plans for an international advanced manufacturing park, enabling local jobs and growth.

Through all our schemes, we will aim to provide better environmental outcomes for people living close to our network.

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Schemes to open
by 2025
 
All schemes in Yorkshire and north east
  1. A1 Scotswood to North Brunton
  2. A19 Testos
  3. A19 Norton to Wynyard
  4. M621 junctions 1 to 7
  5. A61 Westwood Roundabout
  6. A1 Morpeth to Ellingham
  7. A1 Birtley to Coal House
  8. A19 Down Hill Lane
  9. A63 Castle Street
  10. M62 junctions 25 to 30 upgrade dynamic hard shoulder to all lane running

Find out more on some of our schemes by clicking the links

Project update

Midlands

Our work in the Midlands will increase capacity, connectivity and access. For example, our A38 Derby junctions scheme will decrease journey times and provide additional facilities for walkers and cyclists.

Projects such as the upgrade of the M42 junction 6 will support regional growth; improving access to the airport and preparing for the proposed new HS2 station.

Through all our schemes we will aim to provide better environmental outcomes for people living close to our network.

14
Schemes to open
by 2025
3
Schemes to open
beyond 2025
All schemes in the Midlands
  1. A500 Etruria
  2. M6 junctions 13 to 15
  3. M42 junction 6
  4. A46 Coventry junctions
  5. M40/M42 Interchange
  6. A45/A6 Chowns Mill junction
  7. M1 junctions 13 to 19
  8. A38 Derby junctions
  9. M54 to M6 Link Road
  10. A5 Dodwells to Longshoot
  11. A52 Nottingham junctions
  12. M6 junction 10
  13. A46 Newark Bypass
  14. M42 junctions 4 to 7 upgrade dynamic hard shoulder to all lane running
  15. M6 junctions 4 to 5 upgrade dynamic hard shoulder to all lane running
  16. M6 junctions 5 to 8 upgrade dynamic hard shoulder to all lane running
  17. M6 junctions 8 to 10a upgrade dynamic hard shoulder to all lane running

Find out more on some of our schemes by clicking the links

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East

Our work in the East, such as our A47 corridor scheme, will provide economic and community benefits, as well as improving connectivity to East Anglia and Essex.

Our A12 Chelmsford to A120 scheme will deliver a wide range of benefits, including reduced congestion, improved access to ports and support for local and national housing strategies.

We will complete a major upgrade to the A14 between the A1 and north Cambridge, easing congestion on local routes and providing better access to the Port of Felixstowe.

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Schemes to open
by 2025
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Schemes to open
beyond 2025
All schemes in the East
  1. A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon
  2. A47 Wansford to Sutton
  3. A47 Great Yarmouth junctions
  4. A47 Guyhirn junction
  5. A47 North Tuddenham to Easton
  6. A47 Thickthorn junction
  7. A47 Blofield to North Burlingham
  8. A428 Black Cat to Caxton Gibbet
  9. A12 Chelmsford to A120
  10. M1 junctions 10 to 13 upgrade dynamic hard shoulder to all lane running

Find out more on some of our schemes by clicking the links

Project update

South west

Our work in the South west will increase capacity, connectivity and access. For example, by dualling the A30 between Chiverton and Carland Cross in Cornwall we will significantly reduce congestion.

Our flagship A303 Amesbury to Berwick Down scheme is part of a package of work to deliver a high-quality and high-performing dual carriageway route along the A303/A358 corridor between the South west and the south east. This scheme will also include environmental and community benefits.

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Schemes to open
by 2025
2
Schemes to open
beyond 2025
All schemes in the South west
  1. A303 Sparkford to Ilchester
  2. A303 Amesbury to Berwick Down
  3. A358 Taunton to Southfields
  4. A30 Chiverton to Carland Cross
  5. A417 Air Balloon
  6. M4 junctions 19 to 20 and M5 junctions 16 to 17 upgrade dynamic hard shoulder to all lane running

Find out more on some of our schemes by clicking the links

Project update

London and south east

Our work in the south east will reduce congestion and deliver infrastructure that can be used by walkers, cyclists and horse riders, such as our A27 scheme between Lewes and Eastbourne.

We will start construction on our Lower Thames Crossing scheme, which will increase capacity and provide quicker, safer and more reliable journeys locally, regionally and nationally. The scheme will also support the creation of thousands of jobs in Kent and Essex.

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Schemes to open
by 2025
5
Schemes to open
beyond 2025
All schemes in London and south east
  1. M4 junctions 3 to 12
  2. A34 Newbury to Oxford Enhancements
  3. M3 junctions 9 to 14
  4. M27 junctions 4 to 11
  5. M25 junction 25
  6. M25 junction 28
  7. M25 junctions 10 to 16
  8. M25 junction 10
  9. M3 junction 9
  10. M27 Southampton junction 8
  11. A27 Arundel Bypass
  12. A27 Worthing and Lancing improvements
  13. A31 Ringwood
  14. A2 Bean and Ebbsfleet
  15. M2 junction 5
  16. A27 East of Lewes Package
  17. Lower Thames Crossing

Find out more on some of our schemes by clicking the links

Operating, maintaining, renewing and enhancing our network

Operations

Our network is the backbone of the country’s economy, moving more freight than all other transport modes put together. Our operational services help road users travel safely and efficiently on one of the most highly‑used networks in Europe.

Renewals

To keep traffic flowing, we need to keep our roads and supporting infrastructure in good condition. Since Highways England was created in 2015, we have moved towards a more mature ‘whole‑life’ approach to managing our assets.

Maintenance

Our assets range from bridges and footpaths to embankments and safety barriers. We support and maintain them, keeping them safe for customers and road workers. Well‑managed maintenance activities reduce the need for major interventions and can extend the life of assets.

Enhancements

Major enhancements schemes are a crucial element of our investment portfolio. They will reduce journey times, increase reliability and improve connectivity and capacity, driving economic growth and providing opportunities for people and businesses across the country.

We will invest in large and often complex schemes to improve the experience and capacity of our busiest roads, while also preparing for a digital future. This includes delivering our smart motorways programme, and taking forward the actions set out in the government’s Smart motorways evidence stocktake and action plan.

Overview of delivery in 2020-2021

In 2020‑2021, we will invest over £4.9 billion in our network, working towards meeting our commitments and our performance outcomes.

Our activities include:

Operations

Investing in our front-line services so that our customers can travel safely and efficiently

Maintenance

Carrying out routine and reactive maintenance on all of our assets, reducing the need for major interventions and potentially extending their life span

Renewals

Renewing assets, such as bridges and signs, to make them safe for customers

Improving environmental performance and mitigating our impact across operations, maintenance and renewals

Enhancements

Starting work on at least six major improvement projects and opening two for traffic

Designated funds

Ringfenced funds to increase accessibility, protect the environment and support the nation's economy

Preparing for the third road period

Starting development work on our pipeline of schemes for the third road period

Improving how we run our business and supporting delivery

Beyond our roads

Working with partners we will use our designated funds to improve lives, protect the environment, support the nation’s economy and increase accessibility.

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Safety and Congestion Fund

Improving safety on high-risk roads, accident-cluster locations and potential suicide-cluster areas

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Users and Communities Fund

Improving everyone’s journeys, regardless of how they are travelling. Integrating the SRN with other roads and modes of transport

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Environment and Wellbeing Fund

Ensuring our roads work more harmoniously with the communities that live alongside them, and the built, natural and historic environments that surround them

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Innovation and Modernisation Fund

Exploring the full range of opportunities presented by innovation and modernisation, across scheme design, construction and asset management

Investing in our people and our organisation

To provide our customers with the best service, and to deliver on our commitments over the second road period, we will need to invest in our people and our organisation. We will develop new in-house skills and capabilities, and further improve our systems and processes.

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Working more efficiently

£2.23bnefficiency target

From resurfacing our roads to refinancing projects, building bridges to planning projects, we are already seeing the benefits of better working. During the second road period, we have challenged ourselves to deliver even better value to the taxpayer. We will build on the efficient ways of working from the first road period, understanding the need for efficiency in procuring and delivering new assets as well as in operating and maintaining existing assets.

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Preparing for the third road period

£347mof our funding allocated over the second period for wider development

This work will help us understand the demands that will be placed on us, and our network, in the future. It will include looking strategically at known issues on our network, and undertaking research on future customer needs.

We will also work closely with the Department for Transport to consider any suitable future changes to the extent of the network as part of planning for the third road period.

Downloads and further resources

View the full versions of our plans, as well as other useful documents.

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Downloads and further resources

View the full versions of our plans, as well as other useful documents.

Work with us

We need people with a range of ideas, skills and capabilities to help us deliver our ambitious plans. Whether it’s working for us directly, in our supply chain or through our partnership work, find out how you can help connect the country.