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Putting the country back into rural roads

The rural environment is set to come under scrutiny at this year's AME conference, with the launch of a consultation report on rural roads.

The report will examine ways of balancing the needs for safe and efficient vehicle access in the countryside with the needs of pedestrians, cyclists and the countryside itself.

The very qualities sought in the country - beauty and tranquillity - are being eroded by steadily increasing volumes of traffic. Some attempts to manage car use are amplifying the problem, Huxford claims, as more signs, crash barriers, white lining, kerbs and visibility displays are installed.

'We arrive at our destination, leave the car for a tranquil walk, and are enraged by the speed and noise of traffic, wincing every time a vehicle passes us as we walk along the road, ' says Huxford 'Over the past decades we have spent hundreds of billions of pounds on the mechanical engineering side of road transport and a mere fraction of this on civil engineering, ' he adds.

With the help of the Rural Roads report, this is something the AME hopes to change.

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