8 October 2012
The Government’s new road building programme will not solve the problems of congestion or kick start the economy, but it will damage the environment and generate fierce opposition, that is the message from pressure group the Campaign for Better Transport after Transport Secretary, Patrick McCloughlin, used his speech at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham to reinforce the Government’s support for a major increase in road capacity.
Reacting to the announcement of plans for major new road building, Stephen Joseph, Chief Executive of Campaign for Better Transport said
“Here are more signs that the Government is planning to support a major road building programme. With these latest announcements, it shows they are willing to throw money at any road, regardless of its cost or effectiveness. What money should be spent on is using and maintaining the capacity we already have rather than leaping on expensive whims and vanity projects.”
The Government’s plans include the suggestion of a South Coast motorway and a route linking Oxford and Cambridge. These major schemes add to the already extensive programme of new road building emerging across the country. This includes over 190 major new schemes identified by the Campaign for Better Transport and being put forward by central Government, local authorities and Local Enterprise Partnerships.
Notes to editors
1. The suggestion of a South Coast motorway and a route linking Oxford and Cambridge were made by Stephen Hammond, speaking at a fringe meeting organised by the Transport Hub on 7 October.