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Blogs - Roads

  • 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...

  • 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...

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