The Department for Transport (DfT) has announced a sixth strategic study of the road network, looking at the performance of transport systems between junctions 10 and 16 of the M25.
The study, which is due to be completed by the end of the year, will prepare a case to consider further investment on this section of London’s orbital motorway.
It is one of six being carried out to support the second Road Investment Strategy for 2020 to 2025.
M25 in full flow
Road minister Andrew Jones said: ‘We have a long-term plan for Britain so we are carrying out six strategic studies to decide what further improvements we can make. We are looking at this section of the M25 as it is one of the busiest sections of the road network.’
The DfT says that while it is investing £15bn to create 1,300 extra miles of lanes up until 2020, the new study ‘will explore the best way to make further improvements that help the economy to grow between 2020 and 2025’.
The study will ‘consider a range of different options to ensure that the local road network and public transport play their part in long term transport solutions to the issues affecting the busiest part of the strategic road network in the country’.
Highways England has appointed WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, Steer Davies Gleave, and GL Hearn to complete the project.
The other 5 studies are the Northern Trans-Pennine; the A66 and A69 corridors; the Manchester north-west quadrant; the M60 from junctions 8 to 18 and the A1 east of England; and the M25 to Peterborough and the Oxford to Cambridge expressway.