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New report set to inspire greener roads

17 April 2018

A greener approach to design and maintenance could transform the road network for the better, a new report sets out.

Roads and the Environment:  Putting an innovative approach at the heart of RIS2, produced by Campaign for Better Transport with support from the Rees Jeffreys Roads Fund, shows practical ways that highways managers can make roads better for the environment and for all road users.

By embracing best practice from around the world, it sets out a positive vision of how Highways England’s resources can be used to make the current road network safer, greener and more in keeping with its surroundings.

Stephen Joseph, Chief Executive of Campaign for Better Transport, said: “We are calling for a green retrofit of the Strategic Road Network. From green bridges over roads to green roofs for service stations, there is great potential to change roads for the better.

“As the Government prepares the second Road Investment Strategy, we hope this report will help deliver the vision of a road network more in harmony with the people and places it serves.”

David Hutchinson, Chair of Trustees, Rees Jeffreys Road Fund, said: “We hope that this report will help to inspire a new generation of highway engineers to think beyond the engineering basics and through high quality design make our main roads better for all.”

The report highlights examples of best practice from around the world to develop a greener approach to the strategic road network and to improve the way it is designed and maintained. 

Examples include:

·   Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust’s sustainable motorway verge management, supporting biodiversity and producing feedstock for biomass

·    Los Angeles’ use of bioswales as an alternative to concrete drains

·    New South Wales’ design guidance for noise barriers

·    Green roof and low impact design of Gloucester M5 services.


For further information please contact Campaign for Better Transport's communications team on 020 7566 6494 / 07984 773 468 or communications@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes to Editors

  • Roads and the Environment:  Putting an innovative approach at the heart of RIS2 has been produced by Campaign for Better Transport with support from the Rees Jeffreys Roads Fund.
  • William Rees Jeffreys (1872 – 1954) established the Road Fund that bears his name in 1950, with one of its priorities being to encourage improvements to roads and their design. Today, the Rees Jeffreys Road Fund helps fund training, research and projects to improve the highway network and the roadside environment with the aim of promoting and securing better and safer roads in terms of design, engineering and aesthetics including enhancements of the experience of road users.
  • 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).