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Green retrofit for major roads is welcome, but not 'motorways by stealth'

13 December 2017

Campaign for Better Transport responds to the publication today, 13 December, of Highways England’s initial report into the future operation of the Strategic Road Network. 

The Strategic Road Network Initial Report  is the first step in the process of forming the Department for Transport’s Road Investment Strategy (RIS2).  It sets out Highways England’s proposals where they believe priorities should be focused for road period 2, which runs between 2020 and 2025.

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

“The Government’s Road Investment Strategy is right to make network maintenance its top priority: we want to see a 'fix it first' approach, focusing on how existing roads can be improved, not just building new road capacity. 

"While proposals to invest in small and medium road safety schemes are welcome, as is continued green retrofit supported by the Designated Funds, the plans to build big new expressways and convert A roads to motorways are not the answer to the challenge of connecting our towns and cities. 

 “Evidence shows that new roads create new traffic: what we really need is investment in better integrated public transport, walking and cycling for every day journeys to reduce congestion, clean up air pollution and create a healthy, thriving country.“ 

ENDS

For further information please contact Richard Watkins, Press Officer, at Campaign for Better Transport on 020 7566 6494 / 07984 773468

or richard.watkins@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes to editors

  • Read Highways England’s Strategic Road Network Initial Report here
  • Our report, Rising to the Challenge: a shared green vision for RIS2, was published on 31 August and presented to the Department for Transport as part of the evidence base for the next Road Investment Strategy.
  • The joint report was co-ordinated by Campaign for Better Transport with support from the British Horse Society, Campaign for National Parks, ClientEarth, CPRE, Cycling UK, Friends of the Earth, the Heritage Alliance, Living Streets, Noise Abatement  Society, Plantlife, Ramblers, Sustrans, the UK Noise Association, the Wildlife Trusts, Woodland Trust, and WWF.
  • View Campaign for Better Transport’s Fix it First briefing here
  • Read our blog Air Pollution Matters 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).