26 Oct '12, 7am

The return of road building - 191 new roads, 772 miles, £30bn - Read our new report.

"One of the problems with major roads is that local authorities just can't accept 'no'. The Westbury Eastern Bypass was turned down by the Planning Inspectorate and by the Secretary of State in 2009. They said the environmental disbenefits were too great, in particular the severe impact on the beautiful landscape near the Westbury White Horse. Wiltshire Council, rather than accepting the situation, decided in 2011 to safe-guard the very route of the failed bypass in their draft Core Strategy which runs until 2026. They did this not by a process of open consultation with the community, but via an obscure appendix of the document which lists the Westbury Bypass as a 'saved policy'. Local people were completely amazed when they found out. "

Full article: http://www.bettertransport.org.uk/media/26-Oct-roads-report

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