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Preferred route selected for link road to support new 9,000-home Essex community

Preferred route selected for link road to support new 9,000-home Essex community

The preferred route has been announced for a new 2km link road intended to support the delivery of a 9,000-home 'garden community' in Essex that won the backing of a planning inspector last month.

Transport secretary backs new M42 junction six dual carriageway in Birmingham green belt

Transport secretary backs new M42 junction six dual carriageway in Birmingham green belt

Transport secretary Grant Shapps has granted consent for a new dual carriageway on green belt land on the edge of Birmingham as part of an upgrade to junction six of the M42, after concluding that the project would help improve access to the city's airport and support the development of a new High Speed Two (HS2) train station.

Five new bypasses proposed in Highways England A66 upgrade plan

Five new bypasses proposed in Highways England A66 upgrade plan

England’s national roads agency has revealed its preferred options for a series of upgrades to the A66, including proposals for five new bypasses and dualling the single carriageway sections.

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How the ruling rejecting Heathrow expansion will affect other projects and policies

How the ruling rejecting Heathrow expansion will affect other projects and policies

Experts predict that last week's landmark Court of Appeal ruling on Heathrow expansion will have wide-ranging consequences for how climate change is treated by the planning system and potentially puts a series of projects and policy documents at risk.

The planning work needed now HS2's future has been confirmed

The planning work needed now HS2's future has been confirmed

The government's announcement of support for the High Speed Two project after months of uncertainty signals the resumption of years' worth of determining applications for local authorities and opportunities for consultants, say observers.

What the preferred East-West rail route means for Oxbridge housing plans

What the preferred East-West rail route means for Oxbridge housing plans

The government's announcement of a preferred route for part of a proposed rail link in the Oxford-Cambridge growth corridor should help local authorities in the area to deliver more homes and meet their housing requirements, say commentators.

How new planning guidance on air quality changes the system: the Planning Briefing

How new planning guidance on air quality changes the system: the Planning Briefing

What the latest changes to government guidance are, and how they affect practitioners. By Isabella Kaminski.


Transport Comment

Why curbs on cars may not survive the pandemic, by Cliff Hague

Since, broadly speaking, the distant consequences of actions are more uncertain than the immediate consequences, it is seldom justifiable to embark on any policy on the ground that, though harmful in the present, it will be beneficial in the long run.”

Why the country's biggest infrastructure projects have hit problems, by Angus Walker

With news that a third runway at Heathrow is being delayed, pretty much all the country's largest infrastructure projects are having problems of one sort or another.

Is this the end of the line for HS2, by Angus Walker

In furtherance of a pledge made by Boris Johnson during his leadership campaign, the government has launched a review of HS2. Does that mean it is the beginning of the end of the project?

Third runway likely to break record, by Angus Walker

Heathrow Airport Ltd launched a statutory consultation on 18 June on its proposals to build a third runway and associated infrastructure. It is called "statutory" because it is required under the Planning Act 2008, which created the consenting system for nationally significant infrastructure projects, before an application can be made.