Is there a light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to traffic congestion? Well, maybe so. Because it is aid that Major A-roads which struggle with high volumes of traffic will be upgraded to new 70mph “expressways” under new Highways England proposals.
The mini-motorways would see traffic lights and roundabouts stripped out in a bid to ease congestion and cut delays.
The government-backed roads operator has warned it expects traffic to increase by more than a third over the next 20 years – with investment needed in order to keep key routes fit for purpose.
And as part of the new plans, road chiefs would also take action on slip roads – extending those currently deemed too short, and banning slow moving vehicles like tractors from using them.
Other roads will be widened to up to three lanes. Highways England recently announced that it would ensure over 99% of the UK’s major road network would be cleared of roadworks in a bid to add extra capacity over the hectic Christmas period.
The new expressway proposals have been met with a mixed response so far, with some organisations like The Campaign for Better Transport showing opposition.