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The Future of Aviation

Memorandum of Evidence by the Campaign to Protect Rural England to the Transport Select Committee Inquiry

CPRE's evidence argues that aviation can be detrimental to England's tourism industry, causing a net job loss and particularly affecting the economy of rural areas. The submission calls for an independent review of Air Travel White Paper to achieve higher carbon reduction targets and take full account of social impacts on those dependent on domestic tourism, and the effect of noise pollution on health and tranquillity. Fairer taxation of aviation must tax planes not people, while funding investment in longer distance high speed services and sleeper trains.


The Future of Urban Transport

Response by the Campaign to Protect Rural England to the Department for Transport?s Plans for an Urban Challenge Fund

CPRE strongly supports proposals for a fund to incentivise local authorities to implement best practice. This fund should, however, cover the whole country not just urban areas.


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


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.


The Mayor's Transport Strategy

A response by CPRE London to the consultation on the draft strategy

The London branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE London) welcomes a number of the the strategy's high-level ideas, such as better public space, greater use of the Thames, public transport upgrades, car clubs and cycle hire. However, we are concerned that the strategy does not do enough to support the growth of cycling and walking, and could hinder London's economic development, carbon impact and quality of life (including tranquillity and air quality).


The Right Lines Charter

A Charter for doing High Speed Rail well

Our Charter sets out four principles for doing High Speed Rail well, urging the Government to rethink it's approach to HS2.


The right transport infrastructure for the right reasons - CPRE manifesto briefing

We need to make better use of existing transport infrastructure and smarter decisions on new investment — to reduce demand rather than drive it.

This is a detailed briefing based on CPRE's manifesto for the 2015 General Election.


The Use of Airspace

CPRE evidence to the Transport Select Committee

The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) believes that the present laissez-faire approach to the use of airspace is unsustainable.  Action is required urgently to deal with the flaws in the present arrangements, which have developed in an uncoordinated manner and are based on outdated evidence.


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.


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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