In 1975, LATA published a document, Ringways in Outer London, which argued for a modest outer orbital, to be built as a toll road, so as to limit the traffic generation that has, in fact, occurred and to be accompanied by traffic restraint measures within London to ensure that all through heavy lorries would be excluded. We also asked for a public inquiry into the scheme as a whole to allow these ideas to be discussed. In a deliberate move to avoid such a discussion, the Department of Transport refused this request. Instead, local inquiries into individual sections were held. The inquiry into each section rested on the tacit assumption that the rest of the M25 would be built.
The DoT is now trying to push through its plans for widening the M25 without any scrutiny of the need, the wider implications or the alternatives. It must not be allowed to get away with it this time.
London Amenity and Transport Association
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