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Help us deliver greener roads

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With other green groups, we recently set out our vision for the second Road Investment Strategy (RIS2). 

Now we are working with the Rees Jeffreys Road Fund to research how Highways England could put that vision into practice and help deliver a green retrofit for motorways and major roads.

We want your evidence on the impact of roads, how we can intervene to make roads better for the environment, and learn from best practice around the world.

And we're keen to understand how the resources for environmental work already available to Highways England could be even better used in future.

Our reports Better not Bigger (2014) and Rising to the Challenge (2017) set out our vision for a green retrofit for major roads. Now we are working with the Rees Jeffreys Road Fund to research how Highways England could put that vision into practice.

This project reflects the mission of the Rees Jeffreys Road Fund to promote better and safer roads in terms of design, engineering and aesthetics and is aimed at helping shape the next Road Investment Strategy (RIS2) for the years 2021-2025.

Our project will build on our existing work with other NGOs to explore the potential for improved environmental outcomes in RIS2; we are looking for examples of best practice from the UK and abroad. We are particularly interested in the scope for environmentally-focused schemes and green retrofit, rather than the design of new roads, though both are clearly important.

And we want to hear from people and organisations already working with Highways England on how their resources, including the designated funds and design panel, could help deliver this vision in RIS2.  

You can read our full call for evidence here.

We are particularly interested in evidence on:

  • the damaging impact on the environment (habitats, landscape, noise) of the trunk road  network (motorways and A roads) as it has developed to date, and the scope for ‘environmental retrofitting’ projects in the course of RIS2
  • your perspectives on the RIS1 processes, specifically the allocation of the designated funds on environment and air pollution, and the impact of the design panel and your recommendations for implementing improved processes in RIS2
  • what ‘good’ would look like, generally in road design, including examples of international best practice
  • What other processes/or and funding opportunities exist or should be created in RIS2 to help deliver Highways England’s environmental vision.

We welcome your evidence to inform our project. 

You can email us at roadsproject@bettertransport.org.uk by Friday 13 October 2017, or take our online questionnaire

We are pleased to have the support of an expert steering group:

  • Sue Percy (Chair), Chief Executive CIHT
  • Steve Gooding, RAC Foundation (representing the Rees Jeffreys Road Fund)
  • John Stewart, Vice Chair, Campaign for Better Transport
  • Rachel Hackett, Living Landscapes Manager, The Wildlife Trusts

For more information about the project, please contact Bridget Fox or Andrew Allen at Campaign for Better Transport, or email the team roadsproject@bettertransport.org.uk

And if you know a prime target for green retrofit, why not enter it in our Ugly Roads competition