The High Court is this week hearing a challenge to the UK Government’s second Road Investment Strategy (RIS2), with opponents claiming that the £27.4bn package is not aligned with the 2050 net-zero commitment. RIS2 was first announced at the 2020 Budget and plans were then formalised with Highways England in August 2020. While the Government has repeatedly claimed that it has properly accounted for the environmental impact of the projects set to be completed using the funding, green groups have continued to voice anger and disappointment.
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The government can create a “golden age of cycling” if it capitalises on the surge of interest in it during lockdown, a transport charity has said. At one point last year, almost four times as many journeys as usual were being taken by bike, but usage has gone back to normal levels since then. The charity Sustrans says cyclists need to feel safer and wants more 20mph zones and more effective cycle lanes. The government said it had “ambitious plans to boost walking and cycling”. It promised to set out more details soon.
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