Improving the environmental performance of the existing road network should be a much higher priority for government, according to a new report published by the British Road Federation. Based on research carried out by Hyder Consulting, Old roads to green roads suggests that a combination of low noise road surfaces, noise barriers, tree planting and other small scale measures can have a dramatic effect on the local environment at relatively low cost.
The report puts forward detailed improvement plans for three sections of road: the urban A4 from Hotwells to the centre of Bristol, the suburban A34 North Hinksey bypass near Oxford and the rural A4010 between West Wycombe and Prince's Risborough. Proposals for low, medium and high level improvements are described and illustrated, and institutional barriers and financial constraints discussed.
Copies of the report are available from the BRF, Pillar House, 194-202 Old Kent Road, London SE1 5TG, price £150. A summary of the report is available for £10.
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