Back in 2015, we were proud to host a landmark speech from the Roads Minister on making roads beautiful. Now with the second Road Investment Strategy in preparation, there’s an opportunity to help deliver that vision of a green retrofit, to revisit and improve the worst road designs from the past.
We are running a competition to find the ugliest road in England and Wales, with the aim of seeing it improved to demonstrate that roads need not be ugly and can be designed in ways which better reflect and respect local circumstances.
The road could be one that dominates a natural landscape in a very unsympathetic way or it could be an urban road that severs local communities with concrete and railings. Recognising that these are very different environments there will be two categories: rural and urban. Please take a picture of the road, showing it at its worst, and fill in this form to enter.
We are hoping the competition will inspire change to some of the ugliest roads. The entries will be judged by an independent panel assembled by us and the winners will be announced in 2018.
Image: the A27 at Shoreham, © 2017 Google