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Westbury Bypass rejected by DCLG

2 July 2009
Commenting on the decision by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to reject Wiltshire Council’s planning application for the Westbury Bypass [1], Campaign for Better Transport's roads and climate campaigner, Richard George, said: 

"It should come as no surprise to anyone that this road was rejected, because it would have destroyed swathes of countryside but provided very little relief for the people of Westbury. In fact the inspector found that it would have increased traffic levels along the A350, blighting Yarnbrook and other communities. 

"Westbury is not without traffic problems, but this terrible and destructive road should never have even been considered. Thankfully it will never be built, so we can get on with finding some practical and affordable solutions to tackle traffic in Wiltshire."

Notes to editors

[1] The Westbury Bypass was a £31 million road scheme in Wiltshire. There was a public inquiry last year, which concluded in October 2008. The scheme has now been rejected by the Secretary of State (PDF)