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Major Road Network

Major Road Network

Highways England’s Strategic Road Network covers just 2% of the road network in the North, although it accounts for a significant amount of traffic flow and economic value. For much of the North it is the rest of the road network – the ‘last mile’ of a journey, or the vital connections with key railway stations or other transport hubs – that can make all the difference to whether people or goods arrive on time. A focus on the Strategic Road Network alone will not allow the North to achieve our aspirations for improved connectivity and economic growth.

To resolve this, working with our partners, we have identified a Major Road Network for the North. Our Major Road Network (MRN) identifies all the roads that are crucial to driving economic growth in the North. It connects both current economic centres and future economic growth locations, as well as major transport hubs to enable multi-modal journeys. With local connections alongside strategic roads, it accounts for about 7% of the roads in the North.

We want to improve the reliability, efficiency, resilience and safety of journeys on our Major Road Network. In order to offer clear advice to Highways England and the Department for Transport, Transport for the North have agreed priorities with our Northern partners for the major road network for the North for the RIS2 investment period (2020-2025).

Identifying and improving the North’s key economic roads


Peter Molyneux, Major Roads Director, describes how we’ve identified a Major Road Network of the North which includes the most important roads to enable the North to realise its economic potential.

We want to create reliable, safe and efficient roads for the future, which is why we’re working with partners to improve the North’s road network through better use of existing infrastructure and planned upgrades.

Download our reports

Click on the links below to download our recent road reports.

Strategic Transport Plan | One North

The first time the North has come together to outline the robust case for transformational transport investment across all of the North, to rebalance the UK economy

Updated Major Roads Report

The report looks at the road networks across the North of England, identifying the strengths and weaknesses that could impact on an efficient road transport structure, and poi

Major Roads Report | Key messages

Key messages from the updated Major Roads Report which looks at the road networks across the North of England.

Integrated Sustainability Appraisal

It is important that the delivery of the Strategic Transport Plan is done is a way which protects the environment, protects the human health and allows as many different peopl