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Three years of road studies start in autumn

THE GOVERNMENT has announced a series of Route Management Strategies it claims will lead to better ways of maintaining and improving highways.

Central to the strategies will be 70 studies of routes throughout the country over the next three years.

These will cover issues including low-noise surfacing, bottlenecks, junction layouts and the standard of lay-bys.

The first tranche of 11 studies will start this autumn on the M4, M6, A64, A46 and the A45/M45.

Transport and environment minister Lord Whitty said the initiatives would 'address the needs of the whole route rather than individual problem areas'.