The first Road Investment Strategy (RIS1) was published in December 2014, and sets out the first five years of funding and projects for the new Government-owned roads company Highways England.
Read more about the strategy here. RIS2 is now being developed for new schemes from 2020.
Data shown is Annual Average Daily Traffic counts for each link in the Strategic Road Network from 2005 to 2014.
All data from the Department for Transport Traffic Counts website.
More on traffic flows on this map
Living Landscapes are the areas where The Wildlife Trusts are targeting landscape-scale conservation efforts to halt the decline of wildlife and restore the natural environment.
Read more about Living Landscapes here.
Areas defined by the Environmental Noise Directive 2002/49/EC, implemented by the Environmental Noise (England) Regulations 2006. These require that noise action plans are adopted every five years based on the results of the strategic noise maps. Noise Action Plans define Important Areas as part of their plans.
Explore a more detailed map of road noise by the Campaign to Protect Rural England.
The Wildlife Trusts manage 2,300 nature reserves across the UK - from meadows to mountains, woods, rivers, heaths, islands, beaches and estuaries.
Find out more about your local reserves here.
The Woodland Trust owns more than 1,000 wildlife-rich native woods across the UK, covering 73 square miles in total. Many are ancient woods and Sites of Special Scientific Interest.
Find out about your local woods via the webpage listed above or visit the main Woodland Trust site here.
Registered and accredited Country Parks are areas for people to visit and enjoy recreation in a countryside environment, which are accessible, with good management and essential facilities. Data is Natural England Copyright. A Registered Park and Garden is s site included on the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens, maintained by Historic England. Registration is a 'material consideration' in the planning process.
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This map shows traffic on major road links in Great Britain alongside environmentally sensitive areas, including wildlife sites, woodlands, protected landscapes, ecological areas, and areas of high air pollution.
Highways England is planning how to spend more than £500 million in dedicated environment funds. Which main roads are most in need of a green retrofit?
All traffic data from DfT Traffic Counts website: http://www.dft.gov.uk/traffic-counts/download.php Main road network links shapefile released at data.gov.uk: http://data.gov.uk/dataset/gb-road-traffic-counts
Statutory protection data from the Environment Agency, Historic England and Natural England. Air Quality Management Areas (2014) from Defra. Green Belt (2013/14) from Department of Communities and Local Government. All these datasets used under Open Government Licence and Crown Copyright.
Background Open Street Map - MapQuest layer.