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Protect the Cotswolds and drop damaging road proposals, say campaigners

29 March 2018

Campaign for Better Transport has objected in the strongest possible terms to Highways England's plans for the A417 'missing link' in the Cotswolds as the consultation closes today.

The case for the new road is very poor and if it were to go ahead in the proposed form it could set a dangerous precedent to building in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Campaign for Better Transport is calling on these plans to be rejected and has also criticised the consultation.

Chris Todd, from Campaign for Better Transport said: "Apart from the consultation being a sham, these highly damaging proposals should be dropped immediately. Removing all tunnel options from the consultation by imposing an arbitrary spending limit and effectively only consulting on one option is excluding the public from helping shape the outcome. This is not acceptable way for public money to be spent.

"Highways England's preferred option would cause significant damage to the Cotswolds AONB.  It clearly fails the major development test and would set a dangerous precedent for damaging development elsewhere.  Highways England needs to go back to the drawing board and come up with something far better, including spending the money improving public transport and shifting freight from road to rail."

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For further information please contact Richard Watkins on 020 7566 6494 / 07984 773 468 or Richard.watkins@bettertransport.org.uk 

Notes to Editors

  • Read our response to the A417 ‘missing link’ consultation
  • 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).