Meanwhile the Scottish Executive has gone roads crazy (M74, Dalkeith and Edinburgh), and a huge M4 toll road is planned across the Gwent Levels in Wales.
However, in 2005 the resistance to this madness started to grow...
The Df T has allocated £209 million to develop 44 Major Schemes it has already approved, and has promised another £200 million to new Major Schemes for 2006/7.
The announcements on these (including Lancaster and Brownhills) will be made following the receipt of regional advice (see above).
Barker conducted a Treasury driven review on how to speed up the delivery of new housing which has been roundly criticised.
Changes to the planning process will effect big controversial projects like new road schemes and nuclear power plants and will, without doubt, not be in the favour of 'inconvenient' residents and environmentalists.
This crucial unity was started in 2005, and will be strengthened in 2006 until we see all these roads stopped.
Local Transport Plan settlement In Dec the Df T sent out comments to all 85 local authorities who had submitted draft 5-year Local Transport Plans (LTPs).If you would like a list of the new schemes the Df T is considering, please contact Road Block.Roads costs rocket sky-high Using figures of the latest roads costs obtained in a 19 Dec Parliamentary Question by Lib Dem MP Tom Brake, Road Block has calculated that trunk road costs have increased an average of 67% since they were first approved. Road Block did the same calculations last year, based on July costings, and found that trunk road costs were then going up by 53% and local roads by 40%.We are often 'blamed' for the delays by scrutinising dodgy projects, when it is usually the government who create delays, botched Inquiries (see Thames Gateway Bridge below), and sit on decisions for years.It is very important that any proposed changes to cut out objectors involvement are resisted. ************************************************** (2) CAMPAIGN NEWS Newbury Bypass (Berkshire) On the 10 year anniversary since work / protests started, an emotional reunion took place at Newbury on 7 Jan, with a symbolic tree planting near the route, a list of the over 30 protest camps was read out, and a candlelit vigil was held at Donnington Castle.