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Campaigners react to controversial proposal for new road in the Blackdown Hills AONB

2 August 2016

Campaign for Better Transport has warned against damaging the Blackdown Hills as Devon County Council opens a public consultation on building a new road.

Devon County Council is proposing to replace the existing single carriageway in the Monkton area with around 5 miles of new road between the Honiton Bypass and Devonshire Inn (the junction of the A30 with the A303). The new road would comprise a wide carriageway with 3 lanes.

James MacColl, Head of Campaigns, Campaign for Better Transport, said:

"You cannot protect and enhance an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty by building a road through it. Just such a scheme was already dropped in 2004 for environmental reasons and alternative routes are already being developed.

"New roads create new traffic, which the Blackdown Hills and nearby towns need like a hole in the head. What Devon County Council should be considering is how to get unnecessary trips off the road including through long term investment in local public transport."

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For further information please contact James MacColl, Head of Campaigns at Campaign for Better Transport, on 020 7566 6483/07984 773 468 or james.maccoll@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes to Editors

1. 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).

2. Devon County Council launches a public consultation on development to the A30 in the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) from Honiton to Devonshire Inn on 3rd August 2016. People have until the 30 September to take part in the consultation.