But whether this means it will have ramifications for future infrastructure projects is open to question. Andrew Allen, head of policy and research for the Campaign for Better Transport, is unsure. “We have been around various road protests for many years, and these are always very cyclical,” he said. “There’s always a hardcore of activists, but widespread public concern ebbs and flows.”
The last major road scheme to get the thumbs-down at this stage, he recalled, was the Hastings bypass, and that was down to then transport secretary Stephen Byers, way back in 2001.