Roadbuilding plans come under fire

The government’s transport investment strategy pays insufficient attention to rail and the threat of air pollution, say campaigners

The strategy identifies a number of environmental threats but offers little to address them. Photograph: Jevanto/123RFThe government’s plans to invest billions of pounds in the road network have met with criticism from transport campaigners.

Stephen Joseph, chief executive of the Campaign for Better Transport, said the Department for Transport’s investment strategy released on 5 July “shows no sign of dealing with the reality of everyday transport. The strategy also seems to ignore the role of rail in helping tackle congestion and improve connectivity, and downplays the urgent need to tackle air pollution.”

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