Blogs - Roads to Nowhere
Bridget Fox writes our Roads blog
"...permanently increasing capacity will only lead to more traffic and more congestion in the long term, with knock on effects on CO2 emissions and air pollution..."
06 June 2017
The Government’s UK Air Quality plan was finally published this month. The Plan may have been eagerly awaited but its contents are a real disappointment.
As it stands, it’s hard to see how the plan will deliver the legal requirement to tackle the problem of air pollution as quickly as...
30 May 2017
Last year we welcomed the Department for Transport's Access Fund, which supports local walking and cycling schemes that connect people to jobs.
While we saw this as a small step in the right direction for sustainable transport, the fund is limited to £60M and only local councils in...
16 May 2017
Herefordshire Council has resuscitated its previous failed bids for a Hereford Bypass.
As Vicki Wegg-Prosser from Here for Hereford explains in this guest blog, the Council is avoiding references to its own Relief Road studies which have, by and large, confirmed that proposed outer...
11 May 2017
What do you do when heavy goods vehicles keep getting stuck on a narrow and unsuitable road, causing damage to property and endangering local residents?
When it’s got so bad that delays are happening every day while the local church can no longer get insurance for its boundary bank that...
09 May 2017
Highways England seems to be pursuing a worrying trend of failing to involve local communities in decisions on new roads in any meaningful way.
It's time to review their performance, and the flawed consultation requirements of the Planning Act 2008.
13 April 2017
The announcement of the Government’s preferred route for the Lower Thames Crossing serves only to shape the battles to come.
Trumpeted as a solution to traffic problems at Dartford, it risks duplicating them downstream: yet practical rail freight alternatives are available.
22 March 2017
Two major reports in as many days have confirmed that major road building is failing to deliver, and causing damage to our environment and the public purse in the process. It’s time for a fresh approach.
10 March 2017
The recent consultation on expanding the A303 to a dual carriageway through the Stonehenge World Heritage Site (WHS) has stirred up much outrage.
Highways England has tried to manipulate the outcome of the consultation by providing only a single option of a 2.9km tunnel across a 5.4km...
22 February 2017
We all know that air quality is getting worse, and why: more vehicles emitting more pollution, putting health and lives at risk.
The challenge is no longer to raise awareness or to debate the issue but to get action. That's why we need a new Clean Air Act for the 21st century.
17 January 2017
The Government is consulting on changes to the tolls for the Severn Crossings. The two road bridges on the M4 and M48 between England and Wales currently charge drivers for the westbound journey.
The proposals to reduce the charges will be welcomed by some: but we’re concerned that an...