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Abandoning A14 toll should signal review of road spending plans

3 December 2013
Campaign for Better Transport has responded to reports that the Government will use Wednesday’s (4 Dec) update to the National Infrastructure Plan to abandon plans for an A14 toll road.

Sian Berry, Campaign for Better Transport’s roads and sustainable transport campaigner, said: "We welcome the Government's admission that toll roads won't work. Private finance was a central plank in the Government's road building strategy and abandoning the A14 Toll shows this strategy is coming apart at the seams. This should signal an urgent rethink of other ineffective and counterproductive road proposals across the country.

"Regardless of how the £1.5bn A14 project is funded, the current proposals won't tackle congestion but will cause huge environmental damage and seriously worsen local air pollution. This scheme was cancelled before because of the huge cost to the taxpayer and the Government's decision to drop plans to fund it with tolls shows it's now time to look again at cheaper, more effective and less damaging alternatives."

ENDS

Notes to Editors

1.Campaign for Better Transport has produced research: The Problems with Private Roads.  

2. In its response to the Highways Agency consultation on the A14 proposals, Campaign for Better Transport set out alternative solutions to tackle congestion based on reducing traffic and investment in public transport, including significant improvements to east-west rail. Read the full response here

3.Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).