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How cars and road infrastructure became part of the UK’s culture wars

The Conversation: Transport provision is failing. For many people across the UK – particularly outside of London – car travel is not simply the preferred means of mobility: it is their only viable option. In my recent book, The Broken Promise of Infrastructure, I show that belief in these conspiracy...
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UK roads being built without ministerial oversight, say environment campaigners

The Guardian: Government-funded road schemes worth up to £500m are being built without ministerial oversight and most likely based on outdated emissions targets, according to freedom of information requests obtained by environmental campaigners. National Highways is the body that oversees road building in England, and it is being allowed “to...
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Sir David King and Chris Packham support roads climate legal challenge in Court of Appeal

Sir David King and Chris Packham support roads climate legal challenge in Court of Appeal Photo opportunity - Tuesday 16 January at 1pm at the Royal Courts of Justice, Strand, WC2A 2LL An important climate legal challenge against three major road schemes will be heard in the Court of Appeal...
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Decisions on road controversies set to be made in next few weeks

TransportXtra: The beginning of 2024 is set to crystallise a number of high profile and controversial issues relating to major national road projects and the general policy approach to scheme justification and expenditure. Legal actions are underway in two cases that could define broader policy with Dr Andrew Boswell taking...
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Ministers prioritised driving in England partly due to conspiracy theories

The Guardian: Ministers decided to prioritise driving over active travel because of worries among ministers about “15-minute cities”, documents seen by the Guardian show. They indicate that a significant shift in transport policy was guided at least in part by conspiracy theories. Ministers began considering curbs on cycling and walking...
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What to expect from 2024

2023 was a bit of a rollercoaster with transport decisions often making the headlines. Sadly, forward thinking decisions were far and few between. The £2 bus fare cap stands out as one of very few highs. Instead depressing decisions and unannounced u-turns were delivered regularly throughout the year. So much...
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2023 Transport review – Part 3

Autumn of 2023 In this final part of our review of the year, we focus on the final months of 2023. Read part one of our review here and part two here. Part 3: September to December 2023 September 2023 A default 20mph speed limit on restricted roads was introduced...
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Transport review 2023 – Part 2

The Summer of 2023 We look back at the summer of 2023 in this second of our three part review of the year. Missed part one? You can read about what happened in the first four months of 2023 here. Part 2: May to August 2023 May 2023 The Road...
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DfT silent on new delay to A358 dualling scheme

Highways Magazine: The Department for Transport (DfT) has shelved one of its three flagship road schemes for the A303 corridor but has declined to provide any explanation. National Highways' A358 Taunton to Southfields scheme was first put forward in the first (2015-20) Road Investment Strategy but has suffered repeated delays....
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Our transport review of 2023

2023: What a year!  In years to come, 2023 will be remembered as the year of missed opportunities, when healthier travel choices were bypassed for more roads. With more people cycling and walking during the pandemic, this was the perfect time to lock in that improvement. Instead the Government opted...
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Transport secretary delays DCO decision on £1.3bn A66 upgrade by four months

New Civil Engineer: Transport secretary delays DCO decision on £1.3bn A66 upgrade by four months Transport secretary Mark Harper has pushed back the decision on granting a development consent order (DCO) for the £1.3bn A66 Northern Trans-Pennine by four months. The deadline for deciding whether to give National Highways’ major...
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The Journey to 20mph in Wales

A Brief Look at the History and Development of 20mph Speed Limits in Wales In September, Wales made a bold step towards a safer and more sustainable future by becoming the first nation in the UK to introduce a default 20mph speed limit in residential areas. This marked a significant...
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Healthy Travel Choices Can Improve Road Safety

Healthy travel choices for all means everyone has options in how they travel for different journeys. It does not mean being forced to travel in a particular way. Taking this approach would benefit everyone. For people who walk, wheel, cycle and use public transport (or those who want to) for...
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Boost welcome but massive pothole still left in maintenance budget

Boost welcome but massive pothole still left in maintenance budget Reacting to the Government’s announcement of a £8.3bn boost to local roads maintenance [1], as a result of its reallocation of money after cancelling HS2 north of Birmingham (Network North announcement), Chris Todd, director of Transport Action Network said: “While...
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Planning wrongly attacked for road delays

Once again, the Secretary of State has delayed his decision on granting planning permission for a major road scheme, this time the £1.5 billion A66 Northern Trans Pennine. He has said he will decide by 7 March 2024, pushing it closer to the general election next year. Transport Action Network...
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