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Don’t let road-building genie back out of bottle

25 October 2012

The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) warn against major new road-building becoming part of the Government’s forthcoming roads strategy [1]

Responding to Going backwards: the new roads programme, a research report by the Campaign for Better Transport [2], CPRE is calling for a commitment from the Government to protect the countryside and to rule out major road-building.

Ralph Smyth, Senior Transport Campaigner for CPRE, says:
“The road-building genie may promise an end to congestion and recession but its claims are elusive. It took years of expert reports to show road-building rarely leads to what is promised. Tireless campaigning by communities across the country was needed to create a consensus against a major road-building programme and put the genie back in the bottle.

The report highlights how at least 772 miles of new and widened roads are planned and this would be impact on four national parks, seven Areas of Outstanding Beauty and many Green Belts.

CPRE is launching a postcard campaign [3], asking the new Secretary of State for Transport, Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP, to commit in the strategy to safeguard the countryside from major road building. He is asked to get the country moving by investing in alternatives, such as road maintenance, railways and cycleways.

Smyth continues:

“The temptation to rub the lamp again when times are tough should be rejected. There are far better ways to get the country moving without exacting a terrible price on the countryside and communities.”


Notes to Editors
[1] The May 2012 Department for Transport Business Plan committed to ‘publish a national roads strategy for consultation, setting out our long-term vision and goals for our strategic roads’ by December 2012.
More information at: www.dft.gov.uk/publications/dft-business-plan/
[2] Going backwards: the new roads programme will be published on 25 October by the Campaign for Better Transport. Advance copies together with high resolution licenced regional and national maps and other images are available via Campaign for Better Transport’s Press Officer, Andrew Allen (020 7566 6483 / 07984 773 468 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
[3] High resolution copies of the postcard are available from CPRE’s press office and a link to an electronic version will be on our website by 1 November.

 

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