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Road schemes abandoned as Government approves regional transport priorities

29 July 2009
Campaign for Better Transport welcomes the Government’s decision to abandon 21 road schemes around the country.  Richard George, the group's roads and climate campaigner, says, "While we’re disappointed with large amount of money the Government allocated to the regions for road building, we're heartened it cleared out some unaffordable and undesirable road schemes."

Notes to editors
The decision was made as part of last week's allocation of regional transport funding. The decision letters to regions can be found on the Department for Transport's website: http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/regional/strategy/rfa/rfaround2/responses/

The 21 roads which were dropped:
East Midlands:


  • A509 Isham to Wellingborough Improvement (Northamptonshire)
  • Pleasley Bypass (Nottinghamshire)
  • A6003 Caldecott Bypass (Rutland)
  • A617 Glapwell Bypass (Derbyshire)
  • Shirebrook Link (Derbyshire)
  • Melton Mowbray Bypass (Leicestershire)
  • A6 Kibworth Bypass (Leicestershire)
  • Syston Eastern Bypass (Leicestershire)
  • Completion of Lutterworth Western Relief Road (Leicestershire)
  • Wymeswold Bypass (Leicestershire)
  • Sharnford Bypass (Leicestershire)
  • A45 Stanwick-Thrapston Dualling

East of England:



  • A47 (Blofeld to North Burlingham)
  • A120 (Braintree to Marks Tey)

North East:



  • A109/A1067 Seaton Burn junction
  • A19/A189 Moor Farm junction

South West:



  • A303/A358 South Petherton to M5 Taunton
  • A40 Gloucester Bypass

West Midlands:



  • Longbridge Link Road (Birmingham)
  • Stourport Relief Road (Worcestershire)
  • Hereford Outer Distributor Road (Herefordshire)