Pipeline of possible future schemes

As well as maintaining and operating the strategic road network safely, we work to find more ways to deliver safer, smoother and more reliable journeys for our customers in the future.

Pipeline of possible future schemes

To help us do this, we've allocated £347 million of our funding to the development of potential future projects over the next five years.

This includes 32 schemes, identified by working closely with the Department for Transport (DfT), to be developed as part of a pipeline for the third Road Investment Strategy (RIS3). RIS3 will run from 2025 to 2030.

These schemes have been identified through our programme of strategic studies, route strategies, specific areas of research and work with stakeholders.

Between now and 2023, we'll develop options for all RIS3 Pipeline schemes by engaging with our stakeholders and carrying out more research. At each stage during this early development work, we'll review whether the schemes are suitable for further development to ensure value for money.

This will help identify the best possible solution to put forward for each scheme and ensure we spend the money available wisely.

This information will help DfT decide which of these schemes may be selected for delivery as part of RIS3 or future Road Investment Strategies. Not all schemes in the pipeline will progress to construction.

By following this process, we aim to develop a balanced portfolio of schemes to deliver benefits across all regions in England.

Latest updates

We're currently carrying out early development work on all RIS3 Pipeline schemes.

A list of projects where we have started work on identifying options can be found below.

Some projects are more advanced than others and have their own page, for which a link can be found under the project name.

Pipeline projects where we're still developing our understanding of the key problems and need for improvements aren’t listed on this page yet. They'll be added as soon as our formal options development work starts.

A list of all the projects that are part of the RIS3 Pipeline can be found in our Delivery Plan (page 94).

Project information

East projects

A11 Fiveways junction

Upgrading the A11 Fiveways junction, a roundabout where the A11 meets the A1065 and the A1101 near Barton Mills in Suffolk.

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Providing a newly improved route which would create a modern dual carriageway link connecting Braintree and the A12 in Essex.

More about the A120 Braintree to A12 scheme

Midlands projects

A5 Hinckley to Tamworth

Improving the A5 between M69 junction 1 and M42 junction 10 to enable future growth.

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South East projects

Upgrading sections of the A2 to improve traffic flow and resilience between Lydden Hill and Dover in Kent.

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Upgrading the junction between the A3 and A247 near Ripley in Surrey.

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Delivering a suite of safety improvements along the A21 route corridor from Sevenoaks in Kent, to Hastings in East Sussex. This scheme has been taken out of the RIS3 Pipeline and is funded for delivery between now and 2025.

Find out more about the A21 safety package


Upgrading the A27 Chichester bypass in West Sussex, which provides access to the city from the south for local traffic as well a bypass for long distance traffic.

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South West projects

A38 Trerulefoot to Carkeel safety package

Developing safety improvements along the A38 between Carkeel and Trerulefoot in Cornwall.

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Developing a package of possible improvements to sections of the M4, M5 and M32 motorways on the eastern side of the Severn Crossings near Bristol to tackle current and future congestion levels following the 2018 removal of the tolls to cross the Severn bridges.

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Yorkshire and North East projects

A1 Doncaster to Darrington

Upgrading the A1 between Doncaster and Darrington in Yorkshire.

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Upgrading the A64 at Hopgrove junction to Barton-le-Willows in North Yorkshire.   

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Upgrading the M1/M62 Lofthouse Interchange near Wakefield and Leeds in Yorkshire.

Find out more about the M1/M62 Lofthouse Interchange scheme

Email the Lofthouse Interchange project team