Back in 2015, we were proud to host a landmark speech from the Roads Minister on making roads beautiful. Now with the second Road Investment Strategy in preparation, there’s an opportunity to help deliver that vision of a green retrofit, to revisit and improve the worst road designs from the past.
Over the summer, we are running a competition to find the ugliest road in England and Wales, with the aim of seeing it improved to demonstrate that roads need not be ugly and can be designed in ways which better reflect and respect local circumstances.
The road could be one that dominates a natural landscape in a very unsympathetic way or it could be an urban road that severs local communities with concrete and railings. Recognising that these are very different environments there will be two categories: rural and urban. Please take a picture of the road, showing it at its worst, and fill in this form to enter.
We're running the competition over the summer to give people plenty of time to send in their worst (or best) examples. The closing date for all entries is 31 October, 2017. We are hoping it will inspire change to some of the ugliest roads. The entries will be judged by an independent panel assembled by us and the winners will be announced in January 2018.
Image: the A27 at Shoreham, © 2017 Google