Government's second roads strategy 'to have regional housing growth focus'

The government's second road investment strategy (RIS) will 'for the first time map local and regional housing and growth ambitions across England', it has been announced.

Roads: government drawing up second investment strategy
Roads: government drawing up second investment strategy

The government’s transport investment strategy, published today, sets out its transport objectives, priorities and delivery proposals.

The document says that future government transport investment decisions should focus on four key objectives, including the need to "support the creation of new housing".

"We face an immense challenge to provide the houses that people need in the places they need them. Transport infrastructure is one of the keys to unlocking development", the document says.

The transport investment strategy says that the government is working on producing its second road investment strategy for the period after 2020. The first was published in 2014 and sets out the road projects to be brought forward by the government.

The transport investment strategy says that the development of the second RIS "is taking a much more structured and comprehensive approach to local consultation".

"For the first time it will map local and regional housing and growth ambitions across England – a process made possible by Highways England’s direct engagement with all 39 local enterprise partnerships and closer working with local planning authorities".

The document adds that the second RIS will also "for the first time be shaped by the input of a regional strategic view" provided by new sub-national transport bodies - such as Transport for the North which includes key cities such as Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield, Liverpool and Newcastle - "including through their contribution where relevant to the individual route strategies, and the strategic studies, that together will form a major part of the evidence base for RIS2".


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