Major road building schemes including a tunnel close to Stonehenge are threatened by a new legal challenge that claims ministers are ignoring commitments to cut greenhouse gas emissions. High Court papers have been filed against the Department for Transport that could force the government to scale back plans to spend £27 billion on motorways and A-roads. The challenge argues that existing roads policy — agreed in 2014 — fails to consider more recent legally binding targets to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. This includes a commitment made under the Paris Agreement to cut carbon by 68 per cent by 2030 based on 1990 levels.
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