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  • 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.

  • 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

    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...