A417 Missing Link

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A417 Missing Link

Received 01 September 2021
From Jack Brenannd

Representation

I am registering interest against the proposed Route 30 and question why the current A419 isn’t widened as per Route 12 for cost, disruption, environmental, ecological and safety reasons. • The proposed Route 30 is in AONB and the Glover report proposes uplifting the Cotswolds to a National Park. The Government’s National Policy Framework paras 174-188 cites “Planning policies and decisions should contribute to and enhance the natural and local environment” including “when considering applications for development within National Parks, the Broads and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, permission should be refused for major development 60 other than in exceptional circumstances”. Route 30 cannot be deemed as “exceptional circumstances” when the existing stretch of the A419 could be widened (or made into 2 separate carriage ways) thus eliminating the devastating impact of Route 30 cutting through beautiful AONB and destroying local farmland, plant and animal habitat. • The Government is legally obligated to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. It is my understanding that Route 12 is deemed an unsafe option because of traffic using it at 70mph. However, due to its elevation that route experiences heavy snow, fog and mist, which means that Route 12 speeds would have to be lowered to max 50mph much of the time. The proposed Route 30 is at a higher elevation, causing more risk of accidents in inclement weather, and the same need as Route 12 for lower speed limits. There is extensive evidence (demonstrated by the Welsh Govt) proving that 50-60pmh speed limits are safer and reduce emissions by at least 17%; and the UK Govt is trialling 50mph on specific road stretches for these reasons – so surely this is another argument for constructing Route 12 instead of Route 30 and keeping it at 50mph to reduce emissions of increased traffic volumes and improve safety? • How can Highways England ensure construction traffic will not use the single-track lanes in and around Cowley, particularly when local landowners don’t want construction traffic using their land for access and storage? And how will they stop other traffic using these narrow lanes as a cut-through when A419 traffic is diverted or held-up due to construction work? This raises huge safety concerns for local pets, children and residents who live, walk, cycle and horse-ride on these lanes; environmental pollution issues; and also the impact on the old stone cottages, many built in the 1800s and not built withstand the impact and vibrations of passing heavy / sustained traffic. • Cowley residents are already experiencing the impact of the proposed road on potential buyers put off buying homes due to the proposed road and at least 3 local estate agents have already have predicted Route 30 will knock significant value off their homes.