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Roads blogs from 2016

  • 14 December 2016
    Healthy Air Campaigners at the High Court

    If our water was as polluted as our air, there would be riots. We are conscious consumers of water but breathe the air without thinking, and without choice: it is free, abundant, universal – and lethal.

  • 07 October 2016

    The health impacts of dirty diesel emissions, and the need for governments to take action, are as important as ever, yet progress is painfully slow.

    ClientEarth are heading back to court to challenge the UK Government on cleaning up air pollution, while the Mayor of London and other city...

  • 22 September 2016

    It's World Car Free Day on 22 September, a day to encourage and celebrate travelling by public transport, cycling, walking or simply becoming less dependent on our cars. 

  • 22 July 2016
    London air quality survey

    There’s just one week to go to respond to the Mayor of London’s survey on air quality (closing date Friday 29 July). 

    UPDATE: Read our response here. 

    If you are one of the millions who live, work or travel in London, here are three good reasons to take part.

  • 05 July 2016

    It is now sixty years since the Clean Air Act became law. In 1956, the main threat was from domestic fires burning gas and coal, the smoke staining buildings black and causing lethal smogs. Now we face a new, invisible threat, not from chimney stacks but from exhaust pipes.  

  • 30 June 2016

    The House of Commons Transport Select Committee has published its report into ‘all lane running’, the recent practice of changing the motorway hard shoulder to be a full time traffic lane.

    Having heard all the evidence, MPs conclude “the risks arising from converting the hard shoulder...

  • 11 May 2016
    Anna from 20's Plenty for Us

    In this guest blog, Anna Semlyen, Campaign Manager at 20’s Plenty for Us, explains how wide-area 20mph limits improve safety and are the foundation for cycling and walking. 

    "Road safety matters. How safe people feel clearly links with cutting car use and promoting sustainable travel and...

  • 19 April 2016

    Earlier in the month, the Department for Transport published a new analysis of how we use the country’s roads. The image that emerges is of continuing and deepening dependence on cars. The Government is actively supporting this through public spending and taxation policies. But the negative...

  • 08 April 2016

    The Government has announced the first £50M of its new £250M Pothole Action Fund. This might sound more like a parish project than a national initiative from a Government on the world stage but there is a serious national crisis in road maintenance to be addressed. Potholes furnish some comedy...

  • 23 March 2016
    NO2DIRTYAIR demonstration at the High Court

    Last week we joined clean air campaigners demonstrating at the High Court, in support of lawyers from ClientEarth. They were serving notice on the UK Government for repeated failure to take adequate action on illegal levels of air pollution. 

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