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Roads to Nowhere

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:

Interactive map of road proposalsHundreds 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 keeping in touch with local campaigns to stop them. Explore our interactive map to see if any of the proposals are in your area, and find out if you can help:

See our map of current road proposals

The worst roads with the most urgent campaigns against them also have their own pages - see current campaigns.

Policy work:

Corridor planning - dumbbell graphicWe 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.

Recent reports:

Where the money's going: are the new Local Transport Bodies heading in the right direction?
September 2013

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.

See the key data and read a summary of the report

Download the full report



Cover of report - M6 Toll, ten years onThe M6 Toll - ten years on
December 2013

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.

Download the report




Cover of Going Backwards report 2012Going backwards: the new roads programme
November 2012

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.

Download the report





More about Roads to Nowhere:

Our Roads blog gives up to date news of the campaign

Current local campaigns

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