Grant shops He said that it was right to reconsider the strategy of expanding the road network. The argument that the increase in domestic work and online shopping is not likely to be “completely reversed” until the economy recovers from the lockdown.
“In the last 18 months, there have been fundamental changes in travel, shopping and business travel,” the minister said in a written statement on Thursday.
Mr Shepps added: “Trends in homework, online shopping and video conferencing are already on the rise, all of which have already reduced travel rates before epidemics, increased dramatically and seem to It is unlikely to be completely reversed. ”
Mr Shops said the government would now review its National Policy Statement (NPS) on major road schemes in the light of these trends in travel and procurement of road schemes.
The move was cautiously welcomed by meteorologists, who called on the government to update its road strategy to show its commitment. Climate change.
The Transport Action Network accused the Department for Transport (DFT) of failing to account for the Paris Agreement, which pledges the UK to take steps to keep global temperatures below 2C.
But the group is angry that the policy for major road schemes will not be suspended as it is being reconsidered by Mr Shops. The Secretary Transport said the review would not be completed “after Spring 2023”.
Chris Todd, Director of Transport Network Action, said: “We’ve been asking Grant Shapes to reorganize our national road policy for the last year and a half. Is also stirring.
Mr Todd added: “For the next two years, the current policy will remain in effect. Refusing to suspend it is simply unacceptable.
We need to suspend construction of all roads until such a review is completed. Quite simply, we need the Department of Transportation to stop making things worse.
Despite the announced review, the government has made it clear that it has not committed a کمی 27 billion budget cut for road construction and road renovation as part of Road Investment Strategy 2 (RIS2). What is, is set in 2020.
The Transport Action Network recently launched a legal challenge to its commitment to climate-based RIS2 spending. A decision is expected in the weeks following the High Court hearing in June.