Select Committee on Environmental Audit Written Evidence

Memorandum submitted by D Skrytek

  This is in regards to the widening of the M1 motorway and the proposed completion of the inner ring road in Derby and its "dualling" in some parts, to six lanes.


  At the moment the inner ring road road carries approximately 34,000 vehicles daily and this is expected to increase by approximately 10,000 daily in certain parts. Over 65% of the traffic is not local and there has been a concerted campaign to refocus attention on the outer ring road, to no avail.

  Questions to Derby Councillors at an Area Panel 3 meeting revealed that congestion charging is to be put in place if the inner ring road is completed. To date this has not been made public. The closure of the central Bus Station and proposed building of a new, smaller station will also result in extra congestion as the Council has acknowledged that buses will not meet eight-minute slots because of road and development induced congestion.

  There are no figures available for the increase in local carbon dioxide emissions, as the council has not made this calculation but we do know that carbon emissions from United Kingdom transport are expected to grow by about 10% from 2000 levels by 2010, while emissions from other sectors are due to fall. Transport is currently responsible for about a quarter of total UK carbon emissions—and this rises to more than a third if all aviation emissions are included.

  In 2004, the Department for Transport (DfT) adopted a Public Service Agreement (PSA) committing itself "to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 12.5% below 1990 levels in line with [the] Kyoto commitment and move towards a 20% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions below 1990 levels by 2010".

  As this road—and the widening of the M1, amongst other road proposals—is to increase carbon dioxide emissions, we do not believe that the United Kingdom Government can hope to meet the above commitments.

  £3 billion (which is the scheduled figure for the M1 widening though increased construction costs mean that the actual final figure will be significantly higher)—would be much better spent in other ways if the Government is serious about reducing CO2 emissions from the transport sector.

February 2006

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