The Major Road Network

The Transport investment strategy sets out the government's priorities and approach for future transport investment decisions. The creation of a Major Road Network (MRN) across England is a key step in the delivery of the strategy.

The MRN will help:

  • reduce congestion
  • support economic growth and rebalancing
  • support housing delivery
  • support all road users
  • support the Strategic Road Network

The MRN will also allow for dedicated funding from the National Roads Fund to be used to improve the middle tier of our busiest and most economically important local authority 'A' roads.

While this indicative map is representative of how we would expect a future MRN to look, it is important to stress that it is not the final proposal as this is being consulted upon. Before finalising the MRN we will:

  • refine the criteria based on responses to the consultation
  • apply the latest traffic data
  • engage with local and regional bodies on the emerging network

About the MRN map

This MRN map is based on the road network as at 6 April 2017. Changes to the network since that date, including roads currently under construction, are generally not included (with a few exceptions, such as the Mersey Gateway Bridge).

A 'static' national version of this MRN map is also provided in the consultation document. If you have any queries about these maps, please contact

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