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Major Road Network

Major Road Network

Highways England’s Strategic Road Network, which includes motorways and the majority of major ‘A’ roads, covers just 2% of the road network in the North. Although it accounts for a significant amount of traffic flow and economic value, it is the whole road network – including the ‘last mile’ of a journey and the vital connections with key railway stations or other transport hubs – that can make all the difference as 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, which is why, 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 includes current economic centres and future economic growth locations, as well as major transport hubs which enable multi-modal journeys. With local connections alongside strategic roads, it accounts for about 7% of the roads in the North. More information on how we identified the North’s MRN are available in the Major Roads Report – click here to download.

Our ambition is for everyone using roads in the North to experience one seamless network that enables safe, reliable and resilient multi-modal journeys.

With our partners, we have identified four conditional outputs against which the performance of the MRN will be monitored:

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

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.

Download our reports

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

Transforming journeys in the North | The case for investment in roads

Transforming journeys in the North | The case for investment in roads: Transport for the North's pan-Northern bid to the National Roads Fund

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

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

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