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More spending on roads will not reduce traffic congestion, say campaigners

30 June 2017

Campaign for Better Transport responds to the announcement by the Transport Minister, Jesse Norman MP, on the Government’s road spending plans.

The Government’s £6.1 billion programme of road improvements is part of a £23 billion upgrade to the road network in England.

Bridget Fox, Sustainable Transport Campaigner, Campaign for Better Transport, said:

"The evidence from previous road schemes is clear: new roads simply create new traffic, with fewer economic benefits and more environmental damage than predicted.

"We welcome funds to tackle the pothole backlog but concreting over the countryside and choking our towns and cities with more traffic from new roads is an expensive mistake."

ENDS

For further information please contact Richard Watkins, Press Officer, at Campaign for Better Transport on 020 7566 6494 / 07984 773468  richard.watkins@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes to editors

  • Read the Department for Transport and Highways England’s press release here  
  • Read about Campaign for Better Transport’s road campaigning work here - Evidence shows that new roads create new traffic 
  • 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