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Come to the national Rally Against Road-Building

Poster for the Rally Against Road-BuildingThe big news this week is that, on Saturday 13th July at Crowhurst in East Sussex, we're holding our first national rally to raise the alarm about the huge programme of new road-building.

Come along and join campaigners from across the UK for a rally and walk along the route of the most destructive new road being built in England - the £100 million Bexhill-Hastings Link Road.

Campaign for Better Transport has already exposed more than 200 new roads planned by national and local government, costing more than £30 billion.  Just this week, the Prime Minister has been boasting to businesses about his "very aggressive and packed Roads Programme" - see his answer to the fourth question after his speech here - and we need him to hear that these damaging plans will be fiercely opposed.

Come to this unique event and:

  • enjoy music and poetry, food and drink and activities for all ages
  • go on guided walks through the historic Combe Haven valley – what could be a last chance before the proposed road changes it forever
  • learn more about the campaign to save the valley, and about plans for more than 200 new roads around the country
  • meet campaigners and speakers from national and local groups
  • get information about how you can take action to help stop a new roads programme becoming a national disaster

Combe Haven walk photo by Jim Killock on flickr ccbysaSupported by national groups:

The rally is organised by Roads to Nowhere alongside local campaigners Hastings Alliance and the Combe Haven Defenders.

It is being supported nationally by Greenpeace, Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), the Wildlife Trusts, RSPB and by other groups in the area including CPRE Sussex and BLINKRR - Bexhill Link Road Resistance.

Help us spread the word

We'll be updating both these pages regularly with more info about buses from other areas, speakers and other activities on the day.

Construction sign image in the valley - by Oliver Tookey
Manchester Airport dual carriageway proposal through greenbelt land

New plans and consultations

A second consultation has begun on the huge A6-Manchester Airport Relief Road. Despite the last consultation and business case for providing out-of-date or inadequate information, this time round looks no better.

> Read CfBT and NW TAR's analysis of the road here.

> See the consultation and respond here (closes 19 July)

Another road near Manchester Airport - a bypass of the A556 in George Osborne's constituency - has been accepted as a 'Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project' by the Planning Inspectorate. Local campaigners say the pre-application consultation phase was undermined by the recent announcement of nearby motorway widening.

> Read a blog post by the A556 Lobby Group about their much cheaper non-bypass alternative

> See more on the Planning Inspectorate website, where you can register as an objector (deadline 4th July)

The new Local Transport Boards (LTBs) are currently making proposals for spending new transport funds. Their shortlists will be announced at the end of July and are likely to include many new road schemes.

The Heart of the South West LTB is consulting on its proposed programme. If you live in Devon, Somerset, Torbay or Plymouth, please respond in support of the public transport proposals and against the road schemes on the list (closes 25th June): consultation page

Alongside other groups, our campaigners are keeping track of LTB proposals as they emerge. If you find out about plans in your area please get in touch with us:

Campaign for Better Transport team


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Our online map is now tracking more 200 road plans across England and Wales. Help us keep it up to date by letting us know of new developments in your area. Email Sian today.

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Help save bus services

Our fellow campaign Save Our Buses needs your help to stop bus services being slashed in this month's Spending Round.

More people commute to work by bus than all other modes of public transport combined. Email your MP today and tell them to stand up for spending on this vital lifeline:

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