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The second progress report on the Department of Transport's Bypass Demonstration Project is published today. It des...
The second progress report on the Department of Transport's Bypass Demonstration Project is published today. It describes progress on the Project, which is exploring ways in which towns and villages can benefit from the relief which bypasses provide. It encourages the use of measures to improve the environment and ensure the benefits of removing through traffic are long lasting.

Commenting on the report, Roads and Traffic Minister Robert Key said: 'Our bypass programme will bring major benefits to towns and villages but, even when through traffic is removed, some traffic problems still persist. Additional measures are needed to deal with local traffic growth, make the roads safer and to establish the environmental improvements which a bypass can bring.

'With community involvement, a little vision, and a lot of commitment, local authorities can go a long way towards giving towns back to the people after years of being overrun by traffic. We all want to see better provisions for pedestrians, cyclists and the mobility handicapped. This is beginning to happen in the Bypass Demonstration Project towns and I want to encourage other places to learn from the lessons which are now emerging'.

Six towns in England were selected to take part in the project from around 50 proposals submitted in 1991. The towns are: Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, Dalton-in-Furness, Cumbria, Market Harborough, Leicestershire, Petersfield, Hampshire, Wadebridge, Cornwall, and Whitchurch, Shropshire. All except Dalton, now have bypasses open. Copies of the report are available, free of charge, from: Department of Transport, Traffic Policy Division, Room C10/18, 2 Marsham Street, LONDON,SW1P 3EB.
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