The Big Interview: Making the connections - David Quarmby and Phil Carey


Imagine you are the head of a local highways department. (This should not be much of a stretch for many of you.) You are struggling with cuts, bidding processes, self-assessments, asset-management plans and a possible new risk-based approach to maintenance. Beneath your feet are the shifting sands of devolution and district councils’ planning concerns.

One day Chesterfield is in Derbyshire, the next it is trying to leave for Sheffield and take transport with it. Above you a regional transport body is possibly being established and Highways England is so flush with cash it can afford to spend some of its forthcoming strategic roads fund – ringfenced Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) from 2020 – on local networks connected to the strategic road network (SRN).

What could help make sense of this situation? How about an independently assessed, evidence-based blueprint for a Major Road Network (MRN) combining the strategic road network and the most important local authority routes? How would this help, you ask? Well...

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