Future of roads

Major Road Network

As the Sub-national Transport Body for the region, England's Economic Heartland is tasked with preparing the region’s advice to Government in respect of investment priorities for the Major Road Network, along with the Large Local Major schemes.

Investment priorities for the first five year programme (2020-2025) were submitted in July 2019.

What is the Major Road Network?

The MRN is the country’s busiest and most economically important local authority ‘A’ roads. A specific new funding stream is dedicated to improvements on MRN roads. The MRN was classified following a Government consultation in 2018.


In May 2019 EEH's partners submitted scheme proposals for consideration for the first five- year programme.  Following a review process, England's Economic Heartland is submitting 11 schemes to the Department for Transport.

Schemes being proposed are not ranked or in competition with each other, they have been reviewed on their own individual merits for inclusion in the regional programme.

They will be considered by the Department for Transport for a funding decision later this year.

Submitted schemes

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England's Economic Heartland's MRN/LLM submission

For background information see our report to the Strategic Transport Forum in July 2019.

Road Investment Strategy

In its role as Sub-national Transport Body, EEH is continuing to work with Highways England to support the delivery of the agreed RIS2 programme.

For RIS3 (2025 – 2030), Highways England is working with EEH to identify specific schemes/issues that partners wish to have considered. EEH is working with partners to develop the Heartland’s requirements.