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DoE LEAK SHOWS RISING OPPOSITION TO ROADS PROGRAMME

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Mounting opposition is revealed to the roads programme in a leaked government document, according to the Independen...
Mounting opposition is revealed to the roads programme in a leaked government document, according to the Independent (p6).

The paper says the document, prepared by the Department of the Environment, finds that of 243 schemes considered as 'potentially controversial', 103 are likely to cause controversy and 60 of these plus a further 58 will have a particularly damaging effect on the environment.

The Independent says that one reason why so many schemes affect special areas is the Department of Transport's method of assessing their cost. This suggest that it is much less expensive to build through remote environmentally sensitive areas than in sites near existing homes and industry where land is more expensive.
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