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Blogs - Roads

  • 16 October 2017

    That's our message to the Government as it prepares the second Road Investment Strategy (RIS2). 

    Our evidence for RIS2 shows how road building is a costly, failed solution, and calls for a fresh approach. 

  • 26 September 2017

    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...

  • 30 August 2017

    Our new report Rising to the Challenge, produced with a large group of environmental charities, offers a positive green vision for the Strategic Road Network.

    We’re challenging the Government to rethink the roads programme, and live up to their pledge to leave the environment in a better...

  • 16 August 2017

    The Government plans to ban new petrol and diesel cars from 2040.  This is an important step towards clean air and reduced CO2 emissions, but 23 years is far too long to live with illegal pollution.  

    We urgently need practical measures that will deliver cleaner air from day one, and many...

  • 06 June 2017

    The Government’s UK Air Quality plan was finally published this month. The Plan may have been eagerly awaited but its contents are a real disappointment.

    As it stands, it’s hard to see how the plan will deliver the legal requirement to tackle the problem of air pollution as quickly as...

  • 30 May 2017

    Last year we welcomed the Department for Transport's Access Fund, which supports local walking and cycling schemes that connect people to jobs.

    While we saw this as a small step in the right direction for sustainable transport, the fund is limited to £60M and only local councils in...

  • 22 February 2017

    We all know that air quality is getting worse, and why: more vehicles emitting more pollution, putting health and lives at risk.

    The challenge is no longer to raise awareness or to debate the issue but to get action. That's why we need a new Clean Air Act for the 21st century.

  • 13 January 2017

    Sadly, no.

    The announcement of £1.2 billion in new funding for council road maintenance is very welcome: but it still remains a tiny proportion of what’s needed to catch up with the repairs backlog, let alone fund future maintenance.

    Meanwhile new road building continues to receive...

  • 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...

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