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Response to the refresh of the Setting Local Speed Limits Circular

The Campaign to Protect Rural England believes the changes to the use of 20mph in urban areas as a significant step in the right direction but remains concerned that no change is proposed for rural speed limits, particularly on country lanes. We welcome the recognition of the wider impact of speed limits but believe that updated guidance should to follow the new circular to prevent confusion and encourage lighter touch traffic calming.

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Taxes and Charges on Road Users

Memorandum of Evidence by CPRE to the Transport Select Committee Inquiry

CPRE believes that the environmental and social costs of more road traffic are now exceeding the benefits. While there are special circumstances in more remote rural areas, overall, we believe road users, particularly HGVs, ought to pay more to reflect these costs and improve public transport. This report outlines why road user taxes and charges need to be better enforced, with a greater proportion of revenue going go directly to improve access to public transport in rural areas.

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The end of the road? Challenging the road-building consensus

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This CPRE report reveals that road-building is failing to provide the congestion relief and economic boost promised, while devastating the environment. It directly challenges government claims that ‘the economic gains from road investment are beyond doubt’; that road-building will lead to ‘mile a minute’ journeys; and that the impact on the environment will be limited ‘as far as possible’. The report shows how road building over the past two decades has repeatedly failed to live up to similar aims.

The report is based on a study commissioned by CPRE and carried out by consultants Transport for Quality of Life (TfQL), which examined 86 official studies of completed road schemes. The TfQL research is available here.

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The Impact of Road Projects in England

CPRE commissioned consultants Transport for Quality of Life Community Interest Company (TfLQ) to examines the impacts of road schemes on traffic, the environment, the economy, road safety and land use.

This study draws upon evidence of short-term impacts (between one and five years after scheme completion) from over 80 road schemes, published by Highways England1 through its Post-Opening Project Evaluation (POPE) process. This is supplemented by long-term evidence from four road schemes that were completed between 13 and 20 years ago: the A34 Newbury Bypass, M65 Blackburn Southern Bypass, A46 Newark – Lincoln dualling and A120 Stansted to Braintree dualling.

CPRE's summary report, The End of the Road?, is available here

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The Major Road Network

CPRE's evidence to the Transport Select Committee's inquiry

CPRE's evidence recommends ending the expansion of the trunk road network which creates more traffic in country and town, seriously damages quality of life and increases carbon emissions, without improving real accessibility for rural areas. This document shows why any new transport schemes must improve accessibility rather than give hypothetical time savings, and why transport policy must give urgent priority to the promotion of car sharing and the reduction of car dependency.

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Traffic Sign Regulations and General Directions 2015

Response by CPRE to the Department for Transport's consultation

CPRE strongly welcomes the proposals to simplify traffic sign regulations and give highway authorities more scope to reduce clutter. The reforms should go much further, however, to reduce clutter, particularly in relation to minor rural roads and streets.

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Traffic signs policy and speed limit signage

A think piece by CPRE

The Department for Transport is carrying out the biggest review of traffic signs policy in forty years while drawing up its Road Safety Strategy for the next twenty years. This think piece examines possibilities for reform in the way we sign speed limits to reduce clutter and improve road safety.

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Where motor car is master

Written in 1992, just as a wave of road protests engulfed Middle England, this classic sets out how the Department of Transport in its various guises was 'bewitched by roads'. With road-building back on the agenda, its republication provides a timely reminder about the dangers indeed futility of the 'roads mentality'.

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