Inquiry into the strategic road network announced

17 September 2013

New inquiry - Strategic Road Network

Terms of reference and call for evidence

Following the recent Spending Review and the publication of the Government’s “Action for Roads” command paper, the Transport Committee is today calling for evidence on the strategic road network. The Committee would like to hear about the following issues:

  • How will the policies set out in the Government’s “Action for Roads” command paper improve the strategic road network for all road users, whilst also improving the environment?
  • How does the Government’s policy for roads link with planning for other transport modes?
  •  How reliable is the Government’s forecast for growth in demand for the strategic road network? How should the Government deal with uncertainty in its forecast? 
  •  How can we improve the reliability and efficiency of travel on the strategic road network? What impact will new technology have?
  • What mechanisms are there for Government to increase investment in strategic roads and attract new investors? Are there good examples from other countries that could be applied in the UK?
  • How should the Highways Agency be reformed to make it “the world’s leading highway operator”? What roles should Government and the private sector play to ensure better management of the strategic road network?

We would be grateful to receive written submissions by Thursday 17 October.

As part of a scheme to encourage paperless working and maximise efficiency, the Committee is using a new web portal for online submissions of written evidence. Written submissions for this inquiry should therefore be sent via the Transport Committee website - Please click the link here: Strategic road network

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