This page lists any significant consultations or actions that people might wish to engage with:

Open Consultations

National

Union Connectivity Review: Government consultation on connectivity across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, which is likely to have a strong roads focus unless challenged to do otherwise. The consultation ends on 30 December, 2020. You can email your response to: ucr@dft.gov.uk

Heavier HGVs: Government consultation on whether to allow heavier HGVs on our roads (48 tonnes instead of 44 tonnes) when carrying intermodal freight. The consultation ends at 11:45pm on 4 January, 2021. You can complete a response form or email comments to: IntermodalHGVConsultation@dft.gov.uk

Llwybr Newydd: A new Wales transport strategy: A Welsh Government consultation on a 20 year transport strategy and priorities for the next 5 years. The consultation ends on 25 January, 2021. You can respond online, complete a response form, or email comments to: WalesTransportStrategy2@gov.wales

Longer HGVs: Government consultation on whether to allow longer semi-trailer HGVs permanently on our roads. The consultation ends at midnight on 1 February, 2021. You can complete a response form or email comments to: Freight@dft.gov.uk

Future of Transport: rural strategy: Government consultation on the future of rural transport. The consultation ends 11:45pm on 16 February, 2021. You can respond online, complete a response form, or email comments to: futureoftransport@dft.gov.uk

Road Schemes

A57 Link Roads Project: Highways England is consulting on this road just outside the Peak District National Park which would increase traffic and pollution. It would effectively be the start of a dual expressway by stealth across the Peak District National Park, connecting Manchester with Sheffield, trebling traffic in the process. The consultation ends at midnight on December 17th, 2020.

A350 Melksham Bypass: Wiltshire County Council is consulting on a bypass around Melksham, linked to more car based housing development. The consultation closes on 30 November, 2020. You can also email your comments to majorhighwayprojects@wiltshire.gov.uk if you don’t want to respond using the online form.

Please get in touch if you think there is a major consultation we should have listed here. Thanks.

Actions

Stop the Silvertown Tunnel – if you live in London, please write to your local council, assembly members and MP calling on them to join the growing opposition to the tunnel. Stop the Silvertown Tunnel have drafted a letter which you can use and adapt to lobby the politicians with.

Stop the Red Route scheme in Flintshire (Wales) – please support this joint open letter to Ken Skates, the Minister for Economy, Transport and North Wales, and to the First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford, opposing the proposed highly damaging 6 mile dual carriageway which would destroy wildlife sites and an award winning organic farm.

e-bike Action – write to your MP!  The government has pledged to ‘create a new era for cycling and walking’ but we need an incentive scheme for e-bikes to really make this happen (it is planning one for e-cars and similar schemes already exist in other countries). This is a national campaign started by Oxford Friends of the Earth, so please find a few spare moments to write to your MP today using their template letter. Please promote this through your networks and organisations. With your help this could become a reality. More info on their website.