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30 years of roads campaigning

On the 23rd January, 1993, with John Major as Prime Minister and ‘Innuendo’ by Queen at number 1 in the charts, community groups came together at the first national anti-roads conference in the UK. Organised by ALARM UK, groups opposing road schemes met in Birmingham to build opposition and support...
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Review calls for reassessment of road schemes

Review calls for reassessment of road schemes A group of senior academics [1] has today published a report [2] on the future of road building in England. It has called for all road projects not in construction to be reappraised to ensure that they meet broader policy aims and in...
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UK rail chaos increases demand for cars

FT: UK rail chaos increases demand for cars More than half of prospective car buyers in the UK said they were considering purchasing a private vehicle because of increasingly unreliable public transport, according Auto Trader. The findings by the online car marketplace, based on its most recent twice yearly survey...
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Why We Are Challenging the A428 Road Scheme

Transport Action Network director Chris Todd spoke with Babs Michel on BBC Three Counties Radio about the £1bn A428 road scheme and why we submitted an application to the High Court for permission for a judicial review. An extract of the interview is below. Support our campaign to stop the...
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Budget cuts delay roads review

Budget cuts delay roads review As a result of the UK Chancellor's recent autumn statement, the Welsh Government's capital budgets will be reduced by nearly 10% in the coming years. This will directly impact on the decisions the Welsh Government is able to make, including on transport. In 2021 Deputy...
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Personal incomes sacrificed to enable climate busting vanity road schemes to continue

Personal incomes sacrificed to enable climate busting vanity road schemes to continue Campaigners today criticised the Chancellor for failing to take the opportunity to save billions of pounds in tax rises by scrapping, white elephant road schemes. His decision to continue supporting carbon intensive infrastructure during a climate emergency and...
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Unaffordable road building sanctioned while councils cut bus and other essential services

Unaffordable road building sanctioned while councils cut bus and other essential services Transport for the South East (TfSE) [1] yesterday agreed to proceed with its Strategic Investment Plan (SIP) [2] despite concerns about its affordability [3] and climate impacts [4]. Most of the discussion focussed on 'telling a better story'...
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Carbon intensive transport plan set to ignore COP27 concerns

Carbon intensive transport plan set to ignore COP27 concerns Transport for the South East (TfSE) [1] is set to approve its carbon intensive Strategic Investment Plan (SIP), on Monday [2]. The SIP, which saw decarbonisation and the environment as the biggest concerns raised in its consultation [3], will increase carbon...
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UN chief’s warning could have been aimed at UK

UN chief's warning could have been aimed at UK As COP27 opened in Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt at the weekend, today saw the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres issue a stark warning about the lack of progress. He said that the world was on the "highway to climate hell...
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Scrapping five biggest road schemes would ‘nearly halve budget deficit’

TransportXtra: Scrapping five biggest road schemes would ‘nearly halve budget deficit' New prime minister Rishi Sunak could save nearly half the Government's budget deficit by scrapping the five biggest road schemes, states campaign group Transport Action Network (TAN). Cutting other new roads in the Government's Road Investment Strategy (RIS2) would...
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A66 dualling ‘poor value for money’, National Highways admits

The Construction Index: A66 dualling ‘poor value for money’, National Highways admits The Department for Transport and National Highways are ploughing on with a £1.3bn road building scheme despite formally stating that it is “poor value for money”. The upgrade of the A66 across the north Pennines will complete the...
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Scrap road schemes to grow the economy

Regardless of the political comings and goings in Downing Street, there is an urgent need to stabilise the economy and to fill the £40bn fiscal black hole created by Liz Truss’s disastrous mini-budget. As the new Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak has renewed his commitment to Levelling Up and to economic...
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Scrap roads schemes to grow the economy

Scrap road schemes to grow the economy Transport Action Network [1] has written to the new Chancellor, Jeremy Hunt, to suggest scrapping expensive and damaging road building projects, which will do little to boost the economy [2]. Examining the business cases for five flagship road schemes, TAN has discovered that...
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Multimillion-pound UK road scheme facing legal action on climate grounds

The Guardian: Multimillion-pound UK road scheme facing legal action on climate grounds A legal challenge has been launched against a road scheme that opponents say clashes with climate goals. Changes aimed at improving car journeys between Milton Keynes and Cambridge by upgrading junctions and building a 10-mile dual carriageway on...
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