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Plans not to widen south-west section of M25 welcomed by campaigners

16 March 2017

Campaign for Better Transport responds today, Thursday 16 March, to the Department of Transport’s M25 south-west quadrant strategic study.

This study is part of the first phase of the Government’s Road Investment Strategy which was published in December 2014.

Bridget Fox, Sustainable Transport Campaigner, Campaign for Better Transport, said:

“We welcome the recognition that we cannot simply build our way out of congestion. The M25 study is right to focus on improving capacity on the existing network through moving to more sustainable modes. That makes sense for the environment and the taxpayer too.

“Those measures should be implemented in full before any new roads are planned. New roads create more traffic, and it is wrong to sacrifice precious countryside for more tarmac when positive alternatives are available.”

ENDS

For further information please contact Richard Watkins, Press Officer, at Campaign for Better Transport on 020 7566 6494 / 07984 773468  richard.watkins@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes to editors

- Read the Department for Transport’s M25 south-west quadrant strategic study: stage 3 report here

- Read about Campaign for Better Transport’s road campaigning work here - Evidence shows that new roads create new traffic 

- Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).