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Government’s roads review takes a wrong turn

24 May 2012
Reacting to the Government's road plans, Campaign for Better Transport’s chief executive, Stephen Joseph, said:

"The Government’s plans announced today will hurt rather than help motorists. The danger of a national strategy that only focuses on trunk roads is that the other 94 per cent of the road network gets forgotten and "route enhancement strategies" will simply dump more traffic onto local roads. Building or expanding roads is financially and politically risky. The only way Government could make it attractive is to offer cast iron guarantees of private investor profits and this approach is, and always has been, bad news for taxpayers.”

Notes to Editors

1. Read Campaign for Better Transport’s recommendations for a national roads strategy

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).