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Minimising the impact of roads on the environment will be the focus ...
Minimising the impact of roads on the environment will be the focus

of new research on four potential route improvements around the

national strategic network, the Highways Agency announced today.

The agency will be investigating solutions to reduce the possible

environmental effects of the following proposed road improvement

schemes on their surrounding areas:

- M20, Junction 10, Kent

- A23 Handcross to Warninglid Improvement Scheme, West Sussex

- A69 Haydon Bridge Bypass, Northumberland

- A417 Cowley to Air Balloon Roundabout Improvement Scheme,


Richard Thorndike, director of corporate services for the Highways

Agency said:

'The Highways Agency has been asked by ministers at the DTLR to examine these four

potential schemes to find ways to avoid or at least minimise the

possible impact on residents, wildlife and the surrounding areas.

'The work, which we expect to be completed within a six month period,

will help ministers to decide on whether the schemes should


M20, Junction 10, Kent

Proposed replacement motorway junction and new link road.

Current junction already suffers from high volumes of traffic and

would not meet the demands of further traffic growth from future

development in South Ashford.

A23 Handcross to Warninglid Improvement Scheme, West Sussex

Proposed widening of this two mile stretch to dual three lanes

Route currently has poor alignment and experiences congestion

especially at peak times

A69 Haydon Bridge Bypass, Northumberland

- The existing single carriageway A69 currently splits the

community of Haydon Bridge which suffers from noise and pollution

- A 3km bypass to the south has been proposed including a new

bridge over the River Tyne

- A417 Cowley to Air Balloon Roundabout Improvement Scheme,


- This is a single carriageway stretch of road, on a mainly high

standard dual carriageway route. It suffers from congestion and a

poor accident rate due to its alignment

- The Highways Agency has already carried out minor improvements

but a 2.4km on-line dual carriageway and a 1.5km off-line bypass have

been considered.


1. The four schemes were considered by ministers earlier this year

for inclusion in the government's Targeted Programme of Improvements,

but were not accepted because of their adverse environmental effects.

Ministers will decide the future of these schemes when this further

work has been completed.

2. None of the four proposed schemes are in Multi Modal Study areas

3. The Highways Agency has also been asked to undertake further

investigations into the following 10 proposed road improvement

schemes, in areas currently being considered by Multi Modal Studies:

A1 Adderstone-Mousen Improvement

A1(M) junction 6-8 widening

A30 Merrymeet Roundabout

A38 Branston-Barton Improvement

A38 Claymills - A50 Improvement

A45 Stanwick - A14 Improvement

A47 Middleton to East Winch

A120 Braintree - Marks Tey

A421 Bedford- M1

A428/A1 - Caxton

The outcome of these investigations will help ministers to take a

view on the case for, and the role of, these proposals when they

consider the appropriate Multi Modal Study.

4. The Highways Agency is an executive agency of the DTLR, which manages, maintains

and improves the network of trunk roads and motorways in England on

behalf of the secretary of state. It works closely with other

transport operators and with local authorities to integrate the trunk

road network with the rest of England's roads and other forms of


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