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Selby Bypass was one road that was built as part of the 1998 trunk road review.
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A New Deal for Trunk Roads in England was the flagship trunk roads reform by the New Labour government of 1997-2010. Its key objectives were:

  • A new direction for the Highways Agency encapsulated in a new strategic aim and new objectives
  • A core network of nationally important routes
  • New planning arrangements for trunk roads
  • Better maintenance and making better use of trunk roads
  • New dedicated budgets for noise and safety improvements
  • A carefully targeted programme of larger scale improvements

It replaced the Conversatives "Roads For Prosperity" plans, which had gradually been reduced over the years since it was introduced in 1990, and was itself replaced by the "Road Investment Strategy" in 2014, which built on the themes of A New Deal for Trunk Roads in England but with a larger scale and key differences in its delivery. It was part of "A New Deal for Transport : Better for Everyone", a Government White Paper that was issued in 1997.

The main noticable difference for road users was the removal of Emergency Telephones on some roads which had been trunk roads. Many of these were deemed to be of more local significance and were passed from Central Government to Local Authority control, with the Core Trunk Road network then split into Regional and National Trunk Roads in preparation for a series of Regional Assemblies that never materialised. A good way to spot these roads is to look for Parking Signs with large blue spaces beneath the 'P' symbol, which is where the emergency phone symbol was patched over on signs not needing replacement (there are many on the A39 in North Cornwall).

The plans have drawn both praise and criticism from a number of different sources, from those who supported its environmental aims to those who supported the more phased approach to road construction with the creation of the new Targeted Programme of Improvements (TPI), which would create a new way of bringing schemes to construction using the newly designed Route-based strategies.

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Trunk Road Scheme Review

As part of the process, any schemes carried over from the previous Conservative governments plans were reviewed under the new guidance laid out in the paper. The information on this list came from this BBC article, published in 1998.

Schemes to be constructed

Great Barford Bypass was one scheme that was constructed as part of the Targeted Programme of Improvements
  • M25 - J12-15 widening
  • M60 - J5-8 widening
  • A1 - Willowburn-Denwick
  • A1(M) - Ferrybridge-Hook Moor improvement
  • A1(M) - Wetherby-Walshford improvement
  • A2 - Bean-Tolgate improvement
  • A2 - Tolgate-Cobham improvement
  • A2/A282 - Dartford improvement
  • A5 - Nescliff bypass
  • A5 - Weeford-Fazeley improvement
  • A6 - Great Glenn bypass
  • A6 - Rushden and Higham Ferrers bypass
  • A6 - Rothwell-Desborough bypass
  • A6 - Clapham bypass
  • A6 - Alvaston (former Derby southern bypass)
  • A10 - Wadesmill Colliers End
  • A11 - Roudham Heath-Attleborough
  • A14 - Rookery Crossroads
  • A21 - Lamberhurst bypass
  • A23 - Coulsdon inner relief road
  • A27 - Polegate bypass
  • A34 - Chieveley/M4 (J13) improvement
  • A41 - Aston Clinton bypass
  • A43 - Silverstone bypass
  • A43 - Whitefield Turn-Brackley Hatch improvement
  • A43 M40-B40131 - improvement
  • A46 - Newark-Lincoln improvement
  • A63 - Selby bypass
  • A66 - Stainburn and Great Clifton bypass
  • A120 - Stansted-Braintree improvement
  • A249 - Iwade-Queenborough improvement
  • A303 - Stonehenge
  • A421 - Great Barford bypass
  • A500 - City Road and Stoke Road junction improvements
  • A500 - Basford/Hough/Shavington bypass
  • A650 - Bingley Relief Road
  • A1033 - Hedon Road improvement

Schemes that would be scrapped

Some schemes, like the A46 Newark-Widmerpool improvement, were subsequently put back into the programme
  • M1 - J10-14 widening
  • M5 - J17-21 widening
  • M11 - J5 north facing slip road improvement
  • M11 - J8-9 widening
  • M23 - J8-9 widening
  • M25 - J15-16 widening
  • M25 - J16-19 widening
  • M62 - J12-18 improvement
  • M62 - J6 improvement
  • A4 - Henlys/Waggoners Corner improvement
  • A46 - Newark-Widmerpool improvement
  • A47 - Hardwick roundabout flyover
  • A49 - Hereford bypass
  • A428 - Norse Road Link
  • A629 - Skipton-Kildwick improvement
  • A650 - Hard Ings Road improvement

Dropped from the national programme but may go ahead as local road schemes

The A555 A6-MARR scheme finally started construction in 2016
  • A6(M) - Stockport North/South bypass
  • A31 - Poole Link Road
  • A36 - Codford-Heytesbury improvement
  • A43 - Moulton-Broughton improvement
  • A43 - Geddington bypass
  • A43/A16 - Stamford Relief Road
  • A45 - Weedon, Flore & Upper Heyford bypass
  • A65 - Gargrave bypass
  • A65 - Hellifield and Long Preston bypass
  • A205 - Catford town centre improvement
  • A406/A1/A598 - Regents Park Road junction improvement
  • A406 - Golders Green Road junction improvement
  • A406 - Bounds Green-Green Lanes improvement
  • A435 - Studley bypass
  • A555 - Manchester Airport West Link
  • A555/A523 - Poynton bypass, Cheshire
  • A570 - Ormskirk bypass
  • A595 - Parton-Lillyhall improvement
  • Poole Harbour crossing

Under review

The A30 Bodmin - Indian Queens Improvement was started in 2004 after being reviewed and opened in 2006
  • M1 - J6A-10 widening
  • M1 - J21A-23A widening
  • M1 - J23A-25 widening
  • M1 - J25-28 improvements
  • M1 - J31-32 widening
  • M4 - J4B-8/9 widening
  • M6 - Carlisle to Guardsmill extension
  • M6 - J16-19 widening
  • M6 - J11A-16 widening
  • M11 - J14 improvement
  • M42 - J3A-7 widening
  • M62 East-M606 link road
  • A1 - Gateshead Western bypass improvement
  • A1(M) - J6-8 widening in Herts
  • A1(M) - Redhouse-Ferrybridge improvement
  • A2 - Lydden-Dover improvement
  • A3 - Hindhead improvement
  • A5 - Dunstable eastern bypass
  • A14 improvement (M11 J14-M1/A1 link)
  • A21 - Tonbridge bypass-Pembury bypass dualling
  • A27 - Arundel bypass
  • A27 Wilmington bypass
  • A27 - Selmeston bypass
  • A30/A303 - Marsh Honiton and A35 Honiton eastern bypass
  • A38 - Derby ring road A61
  • A38 - Derby ring road A52/A5111
  • A38 - Saltash-Stoketon Cross improvement
  • A38 - Dobwalls bypass
  • A47 - Thorney bypass
  • A63 - Castle Street, improvement
  • A259 - Pevensey-Bexhill improvement
  • A303 - Ilminster bypass, Somerset
  • A303 - Ilinster-Marsh improvement
  • A303 - Sparkford-Ilminster improvement
  • A303 - Wylye-Stockton Wood improvement
  • A303 - Chicklade Bottom-Mere improvement
  • A453 - Clifton-M1 improvement
  • A453 - Clifton Lane improvement
  • A550 - Deeside Park - A5117 improvement
  • A556(M) M6-M56 link
  • A590 - High and Low Newton bypass
  • A5117 - M56-A550 improvement
  • A11 - Attleborough bypass
  • A11 - Fiveways-Thetford improvement
  • A30 - Bodmin-Indian Queens improvement
  • A45/A46 - Tollbar End improvement
  • A57/A682 - Mottram-Tintwistle bypass
  • A63 - Melton improvement
  • A66 - Temple Sowerby and improvement at Winderwath



A New Deal for Trunk Roads in England
Roads Policy & Legislation
LegislationRoad Traffic Act 1930 • Trunk Roads Act 1936 • Trunk Roads Act 1946 • Special Roads Act 1949 • Highways Act 1980 • Roads (Scotland) Act 1984 • Road  Traffic Regulation Act 1984 • Transport (Scotland) Act 2005 • Infrastructure Act 2015
Legislation (Ireland)Roads Act 1993 • Roads Act 2007
PolicyRoads for the Future (1969) • Roads For Prosperity (1989) • A New Deal for Trunk Roads in England (1998) • Road Investment Strategy (2014)
Governmental BodiesDepartment for Transport • Highways England • North and Mid Wales Trunk Road Agent • South Wales Trunk Road Agent • Transport Scotland • Transport NI • Transport Infrastructure Ireland • Office of Rail and Road • Transport Focus
Other TermsSection 278 Agreement • Special Road • Protected Road
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