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Campaigners condemn M4 decision

2 September 2016

Campaign for Better Transport has reacted to the Government's decision to approve plans to widen the M4 motorway.

The plans would see the hard shoulder between junctions 3 (Hayes in the London Borough of Hillingdon) and 12 (Theale in Berkshire) turned into a traffic lane. The so-called "Smart Motorway" scheme will include technology to vary speed limits and lane usage in response to traffic. Bridget Fox, Sustainable Transport Campaigner, said:

"This is bad news for both motorists and local residents. Motorists and breakdown operatives will be exposed to greater risk with the loss of the hard shoulder. Meanwhile local residents will be exposed to more toxic air pollution.

"This is just expanding motorways on the cheap. We need to stop pouring vast amounts of money into new roads which just create new traffic. This simply shifts the congestion around the road network and fails to tackle its root cause. We need investment in alternative options, including better rail, to give people choice in their journeys."

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For further information please contact James MacColl, Head of Campaigns at Campaign for Better Transport, on 020 7566 6484/07984 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. The Secretary of State for Transport has today approved the application for the M4 smart motorway Development Consent Order. You can read the decision and reasons given for it here.