Wednesday, July 5th 2017 at 1:11PM BST
The Department for Transport has today wheeled out a new transport investment strategy which will build more bypasses and widen A-roads in order to reduce congestion even though it’s well understood that building more roads eventually leads to more congestion.
The new strategy says it wants to “encourage people to shift from cars to more sustainable and healthy forms of travel, particularly for short local trips that make up the bulk of personal trips”, but there are no plans to reduce car use or build a national network of cycleways.
Instead, it’s more of the same: billions for road building.
Earlier in the year the government released its Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy which set out a long term ambition to “make cycling and walking the norm for shorter journeys” but cycling and walking were classed as issues for local authorities. In contrast, the new government strategy of roads classes motoring as a “national priority”.
A DfT press release said it was “good news for motorists”, with plans to create a ‘Major Road Network’ with “access to a multi-billion pound road fund, funded by Vehicle Excise Duty (VED), for improvements such as bypasses.”