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Road proposals map

The roads on our map are set to be built soon by local government or the Highways Agency. Business-led Local Enterprise Partnerships are also getting in on the act, taking on new transport spending powers.

Many of these roads are 'zombie' projects, left over from 1990s plans that would have doubled the size of the trunk road network. That time, the plans sparked a wave of campaigns and protests that stopped many projects, and the whole policy was finally dropped in 1997.

Now we need to act again. Some of these projects already have funding or planning permission, while others are at a much earlier stage with plenty of chances left to stop them. The bill already adds up to more than £30 billion - all of which would be better spent on smarter travel improvements instead.

Click on the map to find out more about each proposal.

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Plain version:

For older browsers, some mobile browsers and accessibility, a text version of the information in the map pop-up windows is available. Click on the links below to see the data for each proposal:

3MG Access Road (aka Western Link Road)
A1 Lobley Hill to A184 Improvement
A1 Newcastle-Gateshead Western bypass
A1 widening between Newcastle and Scotland
A1(M) Welwyn Garden City - Stevenage
A1/A19/A194 Tyneside Ring Road
A11 Fiveways to Thetford Improvement
A12 improvement
A12 Lowestoft Lake Lothing Third Crossing
A12 Saxmundham to Wickham Market - 4 Villages Bypass
A120 Braintree to A12 Link Road
A120 Hare Green to Harwich
A120 Little Hadham Bypass
A127 M25 to Southend Boundary
A13 Widening
A130/A131 Chelmsford North East Bypass
A14 in Cambridgeshire
A14 Kettering Bypass widening
A160/A180 improvements
A174 Extension Dualling
A18-A180 Link
A2 Lydden to Dover
A20 Corridor, West of Maidstone
A21 Baldslow Link
A21 Flimwell to Robertsbridge
A21 Kippings Cross to Lamberhurst
A21 Tonbridge to Pembury Dualling
A223 Bexley Bypass
A226 Relief Road
A227 Borough Green and Platt Bypass
A228 Colts Hill Bypass
A22-A27 Improvements
A259 Corridor Improvements, Eastern Arun
A27 Arundel Bypass
A27 Chichester Bypass improvement and Stockbridge Link Road
A27/A259 Lewes to Hastings widening
A284 Lyminster Bypass
A289 Four Elms to Medway Tunnel
A30 widening between Carland Cross and Chiverton Cross
A30 widening between Temple and Higher Carblake
A303 Stonehenge
A303/A30 Blackdown Hills
A303/A358/A30 in Somerset, Devon, Wiltshire and Dorset
A321/A329 improvements/bypass
A350 Chippenham Bypass widening
A350 North of Chippenham Dualling
A350 West Ashton Relief Road
A350 Yarnbrook Relief Road
A36 Southampton Road improvement
A36/A46 Link
A38 - A370 Barrow Gurney Bypass
A380 South Devon Link Road
A4 Calcot Widening
A40 Llanddewi Velfrey to Penblewin
A4042 between Pontypool and Abergavenny
A4101 Pensnett High Street
A4174 Avon Ring Road M4 Link
A421 Dualling from Milton Keynes to J13 of the M1
A428 widening and bypass
A43 Corby Link Road
A43 Northampton to Kettering dualling
A4440 Southern Link Road Dualling, Worcester
A45 Corridor diversion
A45 Dualling between Stanwick and Thrapston
A45 Northampton to Daventry Development Link Road
A45/46 Tollbar End improvement scheme
A452 Chester Road Widening
A453 widening
A458 from Buttington at Welshpool to Wollaston Cross
A4600 Congestion Relief Scheme
A465 / A470 Junction to Hirwaun (Section 6)
A465 Brynmawr to Tredegar (section 3)
A465 Dowlais Top to A470 Junction (Section 5)
A465 Gilwern to Brynmawr (section 2)
A47 Acle Straight dualling
A47 Capacity Improvements between Peterborough and Wisbech
A47 dualling between A1 and Sutton
A47 dualling between Blofield and Burlingham
A47 dualling between North Tuddenham and Easton
A477 St Clears to Red Roses
A483 and A489 Newtown Bypass
A483 at Llandeilo
A487 Caernarfon to Bontnewydd
A49 Wigan Rd - A58 Bolton Rd Link
A49/Severnside junction and spine road
A5 Bypass, Towcester
A5 Longshoot to Dodwells
A5/A486 dualling in Shropshire
A509 Olney Bypass
A509 Wellingborough to Isham
A514 Swarkestone Bypass
A514 Woodville-Swadlincote Regeneration Route
A515 Ashbourne Bypass
A556 Knutsford to Bowdon
A56 bypass scheme
A57 Hyde Road Localised Widening
A57 M1 Junction 31 to Todwick Crossroads
A570 Ormskirk Bypass
A579 Atherleigh Way Access (Parsonage Link Road) Phase 2
A579 Bolton Road - A577 Tyldesley Road Link
A58 Liverpool Rd - A578 Leigh Rd Link
A582 South Ribble Western Distributor upgrade
A5-M1 Link - Dunstable Northern Bypass
A6 Stockport North-South Bypass and Stepping Hill Link
A602 Ware to Stevenage widening
A605 Stanground Bypass Dualling
A61 - A617 ‘Avenue’ Link Road
A6102 Herries Rd/Barnsley Rd (Fir Vale)
A619 Staveley-Brimington Bypass
A621 Bramall Lane
A628 bypasses/Peak District motorway
A684 Bedale-Aiskew-Leeming Bar Bypass
A6-Manchester Airport Relief Road
Aire Valley Enterprise Zone Package
Alton Western Bypass
Arborfield Relief Road
Aylesbury Eastern Link Road
B4100-B4451 Dual Carriageway
Banwell Bypass
Basford West Spine Road
Beccles Southern Relief Road
Bedford Western Bypass Northern Section
Beverley Integrated Transport Plan
Bexhill to Hastings Link Road
Birmingham Ring Road
Bletchley Southern Bypass
Boston Bypass
Botley Bypass
Brandon Relief Road
Bridge Road Widening, Exeter
Brighouse Bypass
Bristol Airport Link Road
Broughton Bypass
Bury St Edmunds Eastern Relief Road
Caldecott Bypass
Callington Road Link/Bath Road Improvements
Camborne-Pool-Redruth Transport Package
Canvey Island (third access route)
Carrington-Irlam/Cadishead Link Phase 1 and 2 (Carrington Bypass)
Chicken Hall Lane Link Road
Cogges Link Road
Congleton Northern Link Road
Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Investment Programme
Crediton Link Road
Crewe Green Link Southern Section
Cross Airfield Link (CAL)
Cross-Thames Bridge
Cudworth-Grimethorpe Economic Cluster
Daresbury Enterprise Zone/East Runcorn Housing-A558 Access Improvements
Didcot Northern Perimeter Road Phase 3
Doncaster DN7 Infrastructure
Dudley Road Improvements
Durham Northern and Western Relief Roads
East Winch and Middleton Bypasses
Ely Southern Bypass
Enfield Northern Gateway Access Road (NGAR)
Etruria Valley Link Road (and associated schemes)
Extension of Nine Mile Ride to A327
Finningley and Rossington Relief Road
Fletton Parkway Widening Scheme
Flitwick-Westoning Bypass
Forder Valley Link Road
Gedling Access Road
Grantham Southern Relief Road
Great Yarmouth A12-A143 Link Road
Greyhound Link between the M54 and the A442
Harlow Northern Relief Road
Harwell Link Road Southern Section
Hereford Western Bypass
Heysham to M6 Link Road
Hoobrook Link Road
Killinghall Bypass and Northern Relief Road, Harrogate
Kings Road Link Road, Newbury
Leeds Outer Ring Road
Leicester Eastern District Distributor Road
Leighton Buzzard Eastern Relief Road / Eastern Leighton Distributor Road
Lichfield Southern Bypass (Phase 2)
Lincoln Eastern Bypass
Lincoln East-West Link
Longfield Road Improvement Scheme
Lower Thames Crossing
Lowestoft Northern Spine Road
Luton Northern Bypass
M1 Bridge to Growth
M1 Junction 36 to Dearne Valley
M11 Junction 6 to 8 widening
M1-Maylands Link NE Relief Road
M2 Junction 5A Kent Science Park
M4 Relief Road
M5 Junction 21 Bypass
M54/M6/M6 Toll Link Road
M55 Link Road and Heyhouses Bypass
M55 Norcross Link
M56 Junctions 5-8 widening
Manhattan Gate Bridge
Marjon Link Road
Mersey Gateway Bridge
Middlewich Eastern Bypass
Morpeth Northern Bypass
Nether Mayne Gateway, Basildon
New East London Thames crossings
Newcastle Bypass
Newgate Lane widening, Fareham
Newhaven Port Access Road
North Fringe to Severnside Transport Corridor
North Liverpool Key Corridors project
North Northallerton Link Road
North Wokingham Relief Road
Northampton North West Bypass and Sandy Lane Relief Road
Northern Gateway A40-A44 Link Road, Oxford
Northleigh Link Road
Norwich Northern Distributor
Nottingham Ring Road widening
Pemberton Colliery Link Road
Penwortham Bypass
Peterborough Western Relief Road
Pontefract Northern Link Road
Portrack Relief Road
Preston Western Distributor Road
Radstock Town Centre Infrastructure
Roscommon Way Extension Phase II
Rugby Southern Relief Road
Second Avon Crossing
Seymour Link, Markham Vale
Shinfield Eastern Relief Road
Shrewsbury North West Relief Road (final stage of the Shrewsbury bypass)
Sittingbourne Northern Relief Road Phase 3
Skegness Western Relief Road
South Bristol Link Road
South East Maidstone Strategic Link
South Heywood M62 Junction 19 Link Road
South Humber Bank Link Road
South Ribble New Bridge
South Wokingham Relief Road
Spalding Bypass
St Ives Northern Bypass
St Neots Northern Link Road
Stafferton Way Link Road
Stafford Western Access Route
Stocklake Link Road
Stourport Relief Road
Stubbington Bypass
Sunderland Strategic Transport Corridor
Sustainable Urban Extension to Rugby
Sutton Coldfield Relief Road
Taunton Northern Inner Distributor Road
Temple Cloud/Clutton Bypass
Third River Crossing, Great Yarmouth
Thornton to Switch Island Link
Tithebarn Link Road
Torbay Western Corridor
Twyford Eastern Relief Road
Uppingham Bypass
Wakefield Eastern Relief Road
Wantage Eastern Link Road
Waverley Link Road
Westbury Bypass
Western Gateway Infrastructure Scheme (WGIS)
Westwood Relief Strategy
Westwood to Lower Ince Link
Whitchurch Bypass
Whitehill and Bordon Inner Relief Road
Wigan Inner Relief Rd
Winnersh Relief Road
Wobaston Road Improvement
Wokingham Station Link Road
Woodford-Poynton Relief Road (WPRR)
Woodside Connection
Yaxley Bypass (Western Peripheral Route)
Yeovil Western Corridor
York Outer Ring Road Dualling