27 Oct '14, 2pm

No to the Loop: protect the Cotswolds from a new dual carriageway | Campaign For Better Transport via @cbtransport

No to the Loop: protect the Cotswolds from a new dual carriageway | Campaign For Better Transport via @cbtransport

The Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is arguably the most internationally well-known landscape 'brand' in England and attracts revenue from tourism to the tune of £2 billion a year . But there is, again, a dreadfully damaging road scheme aimed at creating a super-highway between the M5 and the M4 being fiercely promoted by Gloucestershire County Council in a campaign that asks for £255 million to be spent on this scheme - not for the benefit of the Cotswolds, but for the benefit of Birmingham, Reading and beyond. The scheme, known as the 'A417 Loop Scheme', will create a deep, wide cutting through the face of the escarpment and across fields, The Gloucestershire Way, and run perilously close to an ancient monument, two SSSIs and the National Trust’s Crickley Hill Country Park . Walkers on The Cotswolds Way, a National Trail, will no longer have The Air Balloon ...

Full article: http://www.bettertransport.org.uk/blog/roads/241014-cotsw...

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