23 August 1996

Traffic threat to rural lanes

RISING traffic levels threaten to change the English countryside, with some shires facing a three-fold increase in traffic levels over the next 30 years.

A study by the Council for the Protection of Rural England found the worst affected counties are likely to be Beds, Cambs, Cleveland, Dorset, Notts, and East and West Sussex.n

CPRE has called for lower speed limits in villages and on rural roads, action to stop heavy lorries using country lanes as rat runs, an increase in car tax charges and a larger slice of government transport funding going to rural areas.n