Blogs - Roads to Nowhere
04 September 2017
At the end of August people in Sefton, Liverpool, were devastated to learn that Highways England’s preferred option for upgrading access to the port of Liverpool is to build a new road through the heart of their local country park.
30 August 2017
Our new report Rising to the Challenge, produced with a large group of environmental charities, offers a positive green vision for the Strategic Road Network.
We’re challenging the Government to rethink the roads programme, and live up to their pledge to leave the environment in a better...
16 August 2017
The Government plans to ban new petrol and diesel cars from 2040. This is an important step towards clean air and reduced CO2 emissions, but 23 years is far too long to live with illegal pollution.
We urgently need practical measures that will deliver cleaner air from day one, and many...
28 July 2017
Summer’s here, with holiday trips away, or leisure time at home. But is that breathtaking view or local stroll spoiled by an ugly road?
With your help, we want to find the worst offenders, then work to change them for the better. Welcome to our 2017 Ugly Roads competition.
06 June 2017
The Government’s UK Air Quality plan was finally published this month. The Plan may have been eagerly awaited but its contents are a real disappointment.
As it stands, it’s hard to see how the plan will deliver the legal requirement to tackle the problem of air pollution as quickly as...
30 May 2017
Last year we welcomed the Department for Transport's Access Fund, which supports local walking and cycling schemes that connect people to jobs.
While we saw this as a small step in the right direction for sustainable transport, the fund is limited to £60M and only local councils in...
16 May 2017
Herefordshire Council has resuscitated its previous failed bids for a Hereford Bypass.
As Vicki Wegg-Prosser from Here for Hereford explains in this guest blog, the Council is avoiding references to its own Relief Road studies which have, by and large, confirmed that proposed outer...
11 May 2017
What do you do when heavy goods vehicles keep getting stuck on a narrow and unsuitable road, causing damage to property and endangering local residents?
When it’s got so bad that delays are happening every day while the local church can no longer get insurance for its boundary bank that...
09 May 2017
Highways England seems to be pursuing a worrying trend of failing to involve local communities in decisions on new roads in any meaningful way.
It's time to review their performance, and the flawed consultation requirements of the Planning Act 2008.
13 April 2017
The announcement of the Government’s preferred route for the Lower Thames Crossing serves only to shape the battles to come.
Trumpeted as a solution to traffic problems at Dartford, it risks duplicating them downstream: yet practical rail freight alternatives are available.