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Blogs - Roads to Nowhere

  • 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...

  • 28 July 2017

    Summer’s here, with holiday trips away, or leisure time at home. But is that breathtaking view or local stroll spoiled by an ugly road?

    With your help, we want to find the worst offenders, then work to change them for the better. Welcome to our 2017 Ugly Roads competition.

  • 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...

  • 16 May 2017
    Vicki Wegg-Prosser from Hereford

    Herefordshire Council has resuscitated its previous failed bids for a Hereford Bypass.

    As Vicki Wegg-Prosser from Here for Hereford explains in this guest blog, the Council is avoiding references to its own Relief Road studies which have, by and large, confirmed that proposed outer...

  • 11 May 2017
    HGVs through Melbury Abbas

    What do you do when heavy goods vehicles keep getting stuck on a narrow and unsuitable road, causing damage to property and endangering local residents?

    When it’s got so bad that delays are happening every day while the local church can no longer get insurance for its boundary bank that...

  • 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.