Reducing the impact of roads

Can you imagine being in a National Park and instead of being able to enjoy the tranquillity of the area, you hear the sound of loud traffic? Or look at a breathtaking landscape spoilt by a road?

National Parks are working and living landscapes and both communities and visitors need to be able to get around them. However, we don’t think this always needs to be by road traffic which ruins the tranquillity of National Parks, as well as contributing to high CO2  emissions (did you know that road transport accounts for 22% of total UK CO2 emissions?!)

What are we doing?

Whilst we’re campaigning to make sure that National Parks are well served by public transport, we’re also working to reduce the impact of roads in the Parks.

This means:

- Supporting National Park Societies who are campaigning against proposals for new or upgraded roads, such as the Trans-Pennine tunnel (see below)

- Arguing the case for money to be spent on supporting walking, cycling and public transport

- Persuading Highways England and local highway authorities to prioritise measures to reduce road noise in National Parks



The Trans-Pennine tunnel is a proposed major new road that would link up the cities of Manchester and Sheffield, crossing right underneath the Peak District. We are working with the Friends of the Peak District to argue the case that the proposed cost of between £7.6bn to £11.6bn could be better spent on faster, newer and more affordable train links between major cities in the region.