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A14 announcement just spin

18 July 2012
Responding to the Government’s proposals for the A14 corridor, Campaign for Better Transport’s sustainable transport campaigner, Sian Berry, said:

“Today's announcement is simply media coordination by the Government designed to show that they’re doing something on the economy. Behind the spin, the reality is that it doesn't give the go ahead to a large toll road through the Cambridgeshire countryside, but simply moves all the options into the next stage of consideration by the Department for Transport.

"We have already highlighted the many problems that stand in the way of building a toll road without prohibitive levels of taxpayer subsidy. And with a wide range of more sustainable measures still on the table for the A14 corridor, including serious bus improvements, the expansion of rail freight and smaller road proposals, we're confident that once these are evaluated in more detail the plans for a huge toll road will be deservedly dropped.”

Notes to Editors

1. Read Campaign for Better Transport’s response to the A14 Challenge.

2. Read Campaign for Better Transport’s Briefing on the risks of toll road investment in the UK.

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).