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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.

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A303 Stonehenge Consultation: CPRE Wiltshire response

This document is CPRE Wiltshire's response to Highways England's consultation on the A303 Amesbury to Berwick Down scheme. CPRE Wiltshire objects to the proposal to build a 2.9km road tunnel as it will be inadequate to protect the World Heritage Site and its setting.  

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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.

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Better not bigger

Why strategic roads need a green retrofit programme

This report, produced by CPRE and the Campaign for Better Transport, sets out aspirations for roads retrofitting programme, to reduce environmental impacts. Measures could include improved conditions for cycling and walking, plus restoring tranquillity by tackling noise and visual intrusion.

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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.

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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.

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Guidelines for Road Signing in Rural Areas

Joint guidelines to suggest how rural communities and highway authorities can curb the growth in unnecessary road signs in the countryside, produced by CPRE jointly with the motoring charity the RAC Foundation.

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Highways England

A CPRE policy briefing

In April 2015 a new company called Highways England took control of major roads. This is biggest shake-up in over a generation as to how the road network is run. This briefing explains how the new company will work, where its funding is focused and the opportunities for engaging with it to protect the countryside and rebalance the transport system towards smarter travel.

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Losing Lanes to Lorries

Country lanes are an intricate part of the English countryside. Yet heavy lorries are damaging them and the villages they pass through. This checklist explains how you can help tackle the problems of heavy lorries in your area. It describes how to undertake a lorry count, and use the findings to persuade your local highway authority to take action.

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Making the Highways Agency a Government Company

The proposals to make the Highways Agency an arms-length company rely on too narrow a definition of efficiency. The evidence to justify the claim that locking into law higher spending on roads will make roads cheaper is weak. It fails to consider wider issues such as the need to reduce impacts on the natural environment or manage demand for road space.

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