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Transport 2000 reaction to BCC's 'Get Britain Moving' website

13 August 2007
Responding to the British Chambers of Commerce’s new website Get Britain Moving, Transport 2000 has rejected claims on the website that the planning system has slowed down the approval process for 16 road projects.

Campaigner Denise Carlo said:

“The reasons for any delay have absolutely nothing to do with the planning system and everything to do with other factors such as delays to funding or the fact that the schemes are at an early stage of preparation or are simply aspirations of the business community and not even in the planning system yet. One-third of the schemes in the website list are local and therefore fall outside the remit of the Planning White Paper. The British Chambers of Commerce clearly doesn’t understand the planning system or what is being proposed in the Planning White Paper.”

The schemes in the website list:

 

  • Scheme at very early stages of preparation: Improvements to A96 linking Aberdeen and Inverness, M6 widening between 11A and J19, A27 Chichester, A5 to M1 link road
  • Schemes pushed back/not prioritised in regional assembly lists of schemes in the Regional Funding Allocation: A46 widening between Newark and Widerpool, A11 Fiveways to Thetford
  • Highways Agency placement of capacity restrictions to stop local developments snarling up strategic route: A1 Western Bypass (Secretary of State asked Highways Agency to conduct further work following A1 North of Newcastle study), M65 (built as D2 but BCC wants D3), Towcester Bypass (local authority road)
  • No plans for a road scheme: A27 Arundel – The Secretary of State rejected Arundel Bypass following the South Coast Multi-Modal Study
  • Local schemes that fall outside Planning White Paper threshold: Port of Heysham Link Road, Corby Link Road, Isham Bypass, Towcester Bypass, link road from M18 to Finningley Airport (business aspires to a widened road, but no application for a local road scheme has been put forward – in an Adjournment Debate, the Roads Minister pointed to uncertainty over the growth rate of Finningley Airport)