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New road building to wipe out CO2 targets

Joanne Parkinson

12th July 2020

Plans to build new roads in the UK to continue to improve the economy will lead to an increase in traffic, thus leading to more carbon emissions. The government however states the Road Investment Strategy is part of the overall plan to improve air quality and decarbonise vehicles; with the focus being on an increase in electric vehicles.

Post-lockdown there is likely to be a change in how people work with an increase in people doing less travelling and working from home. Despite these anticipated changes, there is still a lot of support for the road building programme as a way of reducing congestion in key areas of the UK and ensuring that the movement of goods is swift.

Plans for the improvement of roads have been in the pipeline for many years and has many people in favour and many against the plans. Whilst the plans are still in talks, what is concerning is that as the UK economy struggles post-lockdown, the issue of increasing economic growth versus ensuring environmental improvement is likely to lead to many disagreements going forward. For more on this article, check out the following report...

Joanne Parkinson

An experienced, outstanding Geography teacher, GCSE examiner and Head of Humanities in a 11-18 school. I'm passionate about all geographical events and am a keen blogger.

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