28 Apr '14, 12pm

Blog: The Government is risking a huge backlash by combining roads and fracking into one Infrastructure Bill.

Blog: The Government is risking a huge backlash by combining roads and fracking into one Infrastructure Bill.

The Government's upcoming Infrastructure Bill will combine more freedom for the Highways Agency to build roads with more freedom for fracking companies to drill under our homes. Expect a backlash! In a move best described as 'courageous, Minister', the Financial Times reported last week that the Infrastructure Bill expected in the Queen's Speech on 3 June will combine a range of planning and organisational changes designed to reduce barriers to road-building and fracking across the UK. As the FT says, a furious backlash against the combined bill is expected and its progress through parliament is likely to be beset with protests, amendments and huge amounts of public pressure to back down on these twin threats to the climate and the countryside. CPRE has called it a 'high risk strategy' and, asked why they might have chosen to do this said "Some within government may, in fa...

Full article: http://www.bettertransport.org.uk/blogs/roads/280414-road...

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