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Campaigners react to opening of new Bexhill-Hastings link road

16 December 2015

Campaign for Better Transport has responded to the Government announcement that the Bexhill to Hastings link road, named the 'Combe Valley Way' is to open to traffic tomorrow.

Bridget Fox, Roads and Sustainable Transport Campaigner at Campaign for Better Transport, said:

"This new road is a disastrous use of public money and proves no landscape is safe from the diggers, destroying the beautiful and historically valuable Combe Haven Valley to let 30,000 vehicles a day thunder through. The Government continues to fail to grasp the established fact that new roads create new traffic, increasing air pollution and carbon emissions when they are already too high.  Neglecting sustainable alternatives will lock people in to car dependency and won't help those most in need of a job. Hastings and East Sussex would be better served if this huge expense were directed to improving public transport and creating new jobs close to the existing centres instead of in out of town business parks."

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For further information, please contact James MacColl, Head of Campaigns at Campaign for Better Transport, on 020 7566 6484 or 07949 597 880

Notes to Editors

1. The Government announcement is available to view at this link.

2. 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).