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Legal challenge against road dualling project

BBC: A campaign group has brought a legal challenge against a decision to dual a key road in northern England. Transport Action Network (TAN) opposes a decision by the secretary of state for transport to approve the £1.5bn A66 Northern Trans-Pennine scheme. TAN believes the upgrade to 18 miles of single carriageway between Penrith and…

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Treasury ‘pressure’ led to cycling and walking funding cuts, High Court told

The Independent: Transport Action Network is bringing a legal challenge against the Department for Transport. More than £200 million was unlawfully cut from the Government’s investment plans for cycling and walking after last-minute “pressure” from the Treasury, a campaign group has alleged at the High Court. Transport Action Network (TAN) is bringing a legal challenge…

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Cuts to England’s cycling and walking budget challenged in court

The Guardian: Campaigners say loss of £200m from active travel budget is illegal and resulted from Treasury pressure Swingeing cuts to public spending on cycling and walking in England should be overturned as government expenditure was already insufficient to meet legally binding climate targets, the high court has been told. Campaigners are challenging a decision…

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M25 closure starts year of turmoil on UK’s 57mph motorways

inews: Britain’s motorways are grinding to a halt as planning delays are holding up major upgrades to the UK’s road network for years at a time, experts have warned. London’s orbital motorway, the M25, will close between junctions 10 and 11 this weekend in an unprecedented move set to impact more than 200,000 journeys, including…

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Government proceeds with £1.5bn road scheme despite poor value

The Construction Index: The A66 Northern Trans-Pennine project application has been granted development consent by the secretary of state for transport. Transport secretary Mark Harper has approved the £1.5bn scheme despite it showing a benefit cost ratio (BCR) of just 0.90. BCR needs to be 1.0 before a project is calculated as giving a positive…

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Why the M25 is closing — the ambitious plan in maps

The Times: It’s the busiest junction on the busiest motorway in the country. But at 9pm on Friday, the traffic will disappear completely from a five-mile stretch of the M25 as it closes for roadworks during daytime for the first time in its history. The London Orbital will be shut in both directions between junctions…

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DfT bats away concerns over networks policy

Highways Magazine: The transport secretary has laid a revised policy statement on national road and rail networks before Parliament, providing a new framework for government to decide on English development consent applications. In a statement to Parliament, Mark Harper said the new National Networks National Policy Statement (NNNPS) sets out the need to develop nationally…

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UK fuel duty cut is regressive policy that benefits the wealthy, study finds

The Guardian:   The SMF has suggested more equitable and green ways to cut motoring costs, which would be investing in public transport, that “provide cheaper alternatives to driving for those who want to switch and decreases congestion for those who don’t”. The analysis found that for every 10% increase in public transport speed relative…

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National Highways investigated over decline in performance

The Construction Index: The Office of Rail & Road (ORR) has opened an investigation into the performance of National Highways amid concerns about its management of the motorway and trunk road network. The industry regulator says that it has usually managed to work with National Highways to resolve any issues before they became a real…

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