Lobby berates authorities for road schemes

More than 100 road schemes are planned by councils in their provisional local transport plans, it emerged last week.

Anti-road building lobby group Roadblock surveyed 83 local authorities that have submitted such plans to the government. The poll revealed proposals for 101 council projects and another 19 developer-funded schemes up to 2011.

Roadblock campaigner Rebecca Lush said: "It is time to stop laying tarmac and start reducing traffic." The group picked out Northamptonshire and Essex County Councils as having the highest number of road schemes in their plans, with 11 and seven respectively.

Essex head of highways and transportation Tony Ciaburro slammed the alliance for not looking at the bigger picture. "We have increased cycling by 44 per cent and cut congestion by seven per cent in three years," he said.

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