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A Safer Way? CPRE's response to the Government's Road Safety Strategy

CPRE's response welcomes the continued commitment to increase road safety but highlights the need to tackle the intimidation by traffic of walkers and cyclists, while showing that increasing road safety can help tackle issues like climate change and obesity.


Back-pedalling London's cycling revolution?

Transport for London's analysis of the potential for more cycling was flawed and a new approach to planning for cycling is needed, integrating wider land use and transport issues. London should aim for much higher cycling levels, in particular in outer London where cycling levels have dropped. A big shift to more cycling would not just reduce pressures to build new roads and spaces for car parking, it could help reconnect Londoners' to the surrounding countryside.


Beautiful by design

A new aesthetic for the road network

This landmark speech was given in March 2015 by the Rt Hon John Hayes MP, when he was roads minister, to CPRE and the Campaign for Better Transport. It outlines a noble vision of greater harmony between our road network and our priceless countryside. This publication includes a foreword by Sir Andrew Motion, CPRE President, and an introduction from Colin Matthews, Chairmain of Highways England. More information about the speech is available in our features section.


Better not bigger

Why strategic roads need a green retrofit programme

Alongside a dozen other transport and environmental groups, CPRE has set out its aspirations for a 'green retrofit' programme. This would reduce the environmental impact of roads, such as by improving conditions for cycling and restoring tranquillity by tackling noise.


Beyond Transport Infrastructure

Lessons for the future from recent road projects

This landmark report was commissioned by the Countryside Agency and CPRE to investigate what happens to road schemes once they have been built. Key findings showed that new roads - including bypasses - fail to tackle congestion, actively increasing traffic levels and pressure for related development, while harming landscape character and tranquillity.


CPRE's Guide to Quiet Lanes

Following CPRE's successful campaigning, local authorities are able to designate country lanes as 'Quiet Lanes' in rural areas, under the Transport Act 2000. This accessible and informative guide will explain what Quiet Lanes are, their benefits and, step-by-step, how to promote them in your area.


Developing a Strategy for Smart and Integrated Ticketing

A response by CPRE to the Department for Transport consultation

This response explores how increased levels of smart and integrating ticketing can be rolled out across rural areas, incorporating existing best practice such as  'demand responsive' bus services, and facilitating investment small rural operators.


Developing a sustainable framework for UK aviation: Scoping document

A Response by the Campaign to Protect Rural England to the Department for Transport's Consultation

CPRE believes that there are a number of fundamental problems with the assumptions used to justify the very significant increases in aviation that the Framework seeks to provide for. There is a pressing need for a further fundamental revision of forecasts for aviation, which are likely to mean at most a far lower rate of growth.


Draft Environmental Statement for phase 1 of High Speed 2

Response by CPRE to the HS2 Ltd Consultation

CPRE welcomes the opportunity to comment, though this is perhaps more of an outline Environmental Statement (ES) than a draft one. We hope that the consultation period for the formal ES will be longer and data will be provided in advance where possible. The lack of information about the Zone of Theoretical Visibility or maximum noise levels makes it difficult to assess the full impact on the countryside at this stage.



Draft National Networks National Policy Statement

Response by CPRE to the Department for Transport's consultation

CPRE welcomes the publication of this National Policy Statement (NPS), as we have long called for strategic transport policy to be set out in one place. We believe, however that this draft NPS is fundamentally flawed and should be substantially revised. In particular it fails to consider reasonable alternatives to major road-building, has a clumsy definition of national need for infrastructure and, taken as a whole, would weaken protection of nationally designated landscapes and Green Belt.


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