We know that new roads don’t solve people’s transport problems. We’re calling for greener, cheaper alternatives to road-building.
Road-building generates even more traffic, damages the countryside, adds to climate change and makes cities, towns and villages less pleasant places to live for everyone.
Current road-building proposals:
Hundreds of miles of new roads, costing billions of pounds, are being planned across the country by central government, local councils and new bodies like ‘Local Enterprise Partnerships’ who – wrongly – believe that a bypass or ring road in their town is the answer to high levels of traffic.
We’re monitoring these new road plans and supporting local campaigns to replace them with better ideas. See our new road campaigner guide and the materials from our recent campaigner conference for more on how you can help stop destructive road plans in your area.
We work to influence both national and local transport policies and spending plans, challenging the way traffic forecasts are used to justify 'predict and provide' policies and showing how smarter transport spending on public transport, walking and cycling projects can be much better value.
Instead of focusing on building our way out of congestion, a 'corridor planning' approach, taking account of all the short-distance journeys that add to traffic hot-spots - not just long-distance trips across the country - means a wide range of cheaper, better ways of cutting congestion can be employed, such as travel planning, smart tickets, better buses and support for walking and cycling trips.
The spiralling cost of road building makes even less sense when there are smarter alternatives like these.
Read the pages below to find out more about why new roads are not the best way to solve our transport problems.
A major new proposal for £3 billion to be committed to improving existing roads over the next five years, from Campaign for Better Transport, the Campaign to Protect Rural England and a wide range of environment and transport groups.
Where the money's going: are the new Local Transport Bodies heading in the right direction?
With the Campaign to Protect Rural England we looked at proposals from the newly formed Local Transport Bodies and found nearly 60% of their budgets will be spent on new roads. No dedicated cycling projects are funded at all, and bus schemes make up just 7% of the projects.
The M6 Toll - ten years on
A detailed review of the M6 Toll to mark its 10th Anniversary, with all the latest traffic data. This shows the road has failed to relieve the M6 and failed to repay investors, while causing immense amounts of environmental damage.
Going backwards: the new roads programme
We reveal the true extent of road building plans across the country, finding nearly 200 schemes in national and local government plans, covering 1244 km (772 miles) of new roads and costing more than £30 billion.
- Response to consultation on the draft National Policy Statement on National Networks - February 2014
- Response to proposals to transform the Highways Agency into a government-owned company - December 2013
- Written evidence submitted to the Transport Select Committee inquiry on 'Better roads' - October 2013
- Map produced with green NGOs showing threats to National Parks and nature sites from road plans - July 2013
- Joint letter with cycling and pedestrian groups on a Road Renewal and Repair Fund - June 2013
- Joint letter with the Federation of Small Businesses and Construction Products Association calling for a higher priority for local road repairs - November 2012
- Response to the Cook report on managing the strategic road network - February 2012
- Response to the A14 Challenge - January 2012
- Briefing on the risks of toll road investment in the UK - November 2011
- Briefing on the relative impact on fuel duty and time savings with speed limits of 70mph and 80mph - October 2011
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