Highways England to start 26 schemes this year

Aaron Morby 5 months ago

Highways England has confirmed plans to start 26 schemes this year in what will be one of the biggest years of starts in the present Road Investment Strategy (RIS).

Around 26 projects are planned to start construction although several projects have been pushed back into RIS 2.

The A19 Downhill Lane junction improvement has slipped, and the A5036 Princess Way – access to Port of Liverpool has been delayed a year because of a legal challenge.

Two schemes on the A69, which were proposed as a result of the Northern Transpennine Strategic Study, are currently under review

Between 2015-2020 Highways England originally planned to start 112 major schemes.

After agreeing on changes with the Department for Transport,  70 projects will have been started in RIS1 in their current form.

Major project starts 2019-2020

Bypass/grade separation

  • A63 Castle Street
  • A585 Windy Harbour – Skippool


  • A303 Sparkford – Ilchester dualling
  • A30 Chiverton to Carland Cross

Junction improvements

  • A2 Bean and Ebbsfleet
  • M621 junctions 1-7 improvements
  • M6 junction 19 improvements
  • M6 junction 10 improvement
  • A46 Coventry junction upgrades
  • A45/A6 Chowns Mill junction improvement
  • M2 junction 5 improvements
  • M271/A35 Redbridge roundabout upgrade
  • M3 junction 10-11 improved sliproads
  • M3 junction 12-14 improved sliproads
  • M42 junction
  • A34 Oxford enhancements

Smart Motorway

  • M56 junctions 6-841
  • M3 junctions 9-1442
  • M62 junctions 20-25
  • M40/M42 interchange
  • A1(M) junctions 6-8


  • A1 Scotwood to North Brunton
  • A19 Norton to Wynyard

Trans-Pennine Upgrade

  • A61 Westwood Roundabout

Highways England chief executive, Jim O’Sullivan, said: “We have made significant investment across the network, opening 48 schemes since
we began operations.

“In 2019-20 we will start work on at least 26 projects, and seven will open to traffic.

“All this is being done while remaining on track to deliver more than £1.2 billion of efficiencies that have either been used to offset costs or provided extra resources to build better roads.”

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