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Report on Government's second Road Investment Strategy: CPRE comment

31 August 2017

Report on Government's second Road Investment Strategy: CPRE comment Image: Matthew Wilkinson

In a joint report released today, Campaign for Better Transport, the Campaign to Protect Rural England and 16 other environmental groups call on the Government to focus on improving existing roads and motorways rather than building new ones.

Rising to the challenge: a shared green vision for RIS2 calls for funding to be prioritised for a ‘green retrofit’ of the strategic road network ahead of new road capacity, and for the Road Investment Strategy to be assessed against the UK carbon budget.

Daniel Carey-Dawes, Senior Infrastructure Campaigner at the Campaign to Protect Rural England, said:

“Building more roads simply creates more traffic while damaging our landscapes. So instead of spending vast amounts on white elephant schemes, the Government should invest in a greener road network, as well as rail, cycling and walking.”

Stephen Joseph, Chief Executive of Campaign for Better Transport, said:

“The Government’s Road Investment Strategy needs to focus on how existing roads can be improved, not on building new road capacity. Our joint report sets out a clear case for a greener RIS2. With a focus on green retrofit and better integration with the rest of the transport network, Highways England can reduce the impact of roads to benefit people and the environment alike.”

More information on the report can be found on Campaign for Better Transport’s website.

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