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More roads being planned behind closed doors?

John Freeman

Not content with the white elephant that is the increasingly costly-looking Heysham Link, local councils could be looking to build even more roads in Lancashire, rather than invest in more sustainable transport schemes.

The Campaign for Better Transport has just completed research into how new ‘Local Transport Bodies’ are distributing funding and the results are really worrying. They have recently published over a billion pounds’ worth of proposals: almost two thirds of these are purely for road building or widening and no dedicated cycling schemes have been prioritised anywhere in the country.

These decisions are also being taken behind closed doors: only twelve out of 38 Local Transport Bodies have done any consultation at all.

"Urgent action is needed," argues CFBT. "There is just a small window of time before these plans gain government approval.

"We’ve set up an action on our website to make it easy for you to contact the Transport Minister asking him to send back any plans from Local Transport Bodies where they haven’t consulted or have just rehashed old road schemes.

•  Write to Transport Minister Norman Baker and help make sure communities across the country get the transport projects they really need, not expensive and damaging road schemes