Key Route Network

The Key Route Network (KRN) covers the regions roads that are used the most. With nearly 50% of all traffic using the KRN but it’s only 7% of the actual roads across the West Midlands.

In 2016 Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) was given the task of managing this collection of roads and have been working closely with Local Authorities on the best way to do this. It is split into 23 routes which you can see on the map below.

TfWM and Local authorities have agreed to manage this road network better, with local authorities continuing to maintain and service the roads and TfWM supporting in monitoring and providing strategic co-ordination, especially where roads travel across multiple local authorities.

The aim of investment and improvements are not only to make the network run smoothly and reduce congestion but also improve road safety. A regional approach to road safety will help residents, businesses and visitors stay safe on our roads.

Lots more is to come as the Key Route Network arrangements mature, including better co-ordination with Highways England (who manage the motorway network), and between other transport operators as the Regional Transport Coordination Centre becomes operational at the end of 2019.

You can find out more about your local Key Route Network routes and how they are performing on TfWM’s website.


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