New reports from Highways England highlight the economic impacts of the road network

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The latest reports, The Road to Growth, from Highways England contain evidence on the economic impacts of the road network, including case studies. Highways England said:

The Road to Growth is our first strategic economic growth plan – a plan for maximising the economic impact of the SRN. It sets out new evidence about the SRN’s relationship with the economy, and explains how we will further increase our economic impact.

The Road to Growth sets out the practical steps we are taking to increase our economic contribution in 4 areas:

  1. Supporting business productivity and competitiveness, and enabling the performance of SRN–reliant sectors

  2. Providing efficient routes to global markets through international gateways

  3. Stimulating and supporting the sustainable development of homes and employment spaces

  4. Providing employment, skills and business opportunities within our sector

The reports can be read here, and the case studies viewed here.

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The Transport Knowledge Hub comes at a vital time for our transport networks. As our population continues to grow and our roads become more congested, public transport has an increasingly important role to play in keeping our country moving. Investment in local transport infrastructure, such as rail networks and bus services, can have a huge impact on development and economic growth in local areas, so I’m delighted that the Hub will provide the guidance and expertise local decision makers need to make effective investments.

Sir Peter Hendy, Chairman of Network Rail

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