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Liberal Democrats: major road schemes vastly more polluting than predicted

Major road schemes produce 10,000 more tonnes of carbon per year than predicted, according to the Liberal Democrats.

According to figures released following a Parliamentary Question, predicted and actual quantities of carbon released in 27 major projects vary widely.

The previously predicted carbon emissions started since 2002 generated 10,000 tonnes more carbon then expected.

Liberal Democrat Shadow Transport Secretary, Norman Baker said: “This Government continues to push ahead with massive road building schemes that cost millions of pounds more than predicted, as well as increasing traffic and carbon emissions.

“These huge schemes are responsible for thousands of tonnes of extra carbon emissions every year.

“This environmental disaster shows that the Government’s concern about climate change is little more than greenwash,” he said.

Readers' comments (4)

  • John Mather

    Given the economic recovery that most of us hope for, traffic flows are likely to increase in any event. In these circumstances we should grasp the opportunity to reduce traffic congestion and delay, to improve road safety and journey time reliability and to reduce air pollution through the sensible provision of additional road space. Sitting on our hands is not likely to do any of us any good.

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  • I would agree with John's comments. It makes no sense at all to not look at vastly improving our transport network. Only recently it was rated very poor and still some parts of the country are at a stand still in the morning and afternoon.

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  • Given the down turn in the economy traffic volumes should now have reduced. Getting out of the recession will be helped by public sector works programmes BUT these should be resurfacing and reconstructing our 3rd world existing road network and public transport improvements. When will we ever learn that building mor new roads just feeds the habit. The two major parties just don't get it.

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  • I don't believe that building new roads is still being considered. The only way forward for road transport is demand management, through the provision of public transport alternatives, and through road user charging. Climate change provides such a strong imperative to move to another economic model that we cannot ignore it. This is not to mention flooding, noise pollution, obesity, biodiversity, opportunity cost, etc.

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