Blogs - Roads to Nowhere
09 May 2017
Highways England seems to be pursuing a worrying trend of failing to involve local communities in decisions on new roads in any meaningful way.
It's time to review their performance, and the flawed consultation requirements of the Planning Act 2008.
13 April 2017
The announcement of the Government’s preferred route for the Lower Thames Crossing serves only to shape the battles to come.
Trumpeted as a solution to traffic problems at Dartford, it risks duplicating them downstream: yet practical rail freight alternatives are available.
22 March 2017
Two major reports in as many days have confirmed that major road building is failing to deliver, and causing damage to our environment and the public purse in the process. It’s time for a fresh approach.
10 March 2017
The recent consultation on expanding the A303 to a dual carriageway through the Stonehenge World Heritage Site (WHS) has stirred up much outrage.
Highways England has tried to manipulate the outcome of the consultation by providing only a single option of a 2.9km tunnel across a 5.4km...
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.
17 January 2017
The Government is consulting on changes to the tolls for the Severn Crossings. The two road bridges on the M4 and M48 between England and Wales currently charge drivers for the westbound journey.
The proposals to reduce the charges will be welcomed by some: but we’re concerned that an...
13 January 2017
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...
04 January 2017
Guest article by Hannah Turner and Luke Alker
What fragments communities, damages the environment and is one of the biggest causes of injuries & deaths every year?
It is also the most prolific commodity advertised, through a diverse range of media, and widely considered a...
16 December 2016
SCAR - Sefton Communities Against Roadbuilding - is a new campaign group in Merseyside, formed to fight a proposed new £200M road to service freight traffic in and out of the Port of Liverpool.
In this guest blog, Si Albert from SCAR updates us on the campaign, showing how a small amount...
14 December 2016
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.