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Reclaiming rural roads

ICE news

THE CREEPING invasion of Britain's countryside by urban living is slammed in a report published by the ICE in December.

Rural routes and networks shows the British countryside struggling to withstand a 1,000% increase in motorised traffic over the last 50 years.

It highlights two trends afflicting modern-day Britain's countryside: the breakdown of rural transport networks as footpaths and bridleways are severed by busy roads; and the urbanisation of roads in rural locations which blights the landscape and the lives of residents.

Poor design is identified as contributing to the problem, with 'signs, lines, concrete and clutter'.

The report goes on to identify simple, practical measures such as segregated footways that can be used to reverse the trend.

'Civil engineers have a role to play in increasing people's freedom to enjoy the countryside. At the minimum we should ensure that highway improvements benefit walkers and riders as much as vehicle users, ' said Rural Routes working group chairman John Thackray.

INFOPLUS

Rural Routes and Networks ú10 from the ICE bookshop, tel +44 (0) 20 7665 2462

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