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To: Department for Transport and Derby City Council

Object to the A38 road development around Derby

Object to the A38 road development around Derby

Consider the long term implications for climate change, and reconsider the felling of hundreds of trees in Markeaton Park.

Consider the chaos which will be caused in neighbouring areas during the 4 years of construction, and the implications for local air quality.

Why is this important?

Highways England are planning on expanding the A38 to add an extra lane of traffic. In doing so, they will fell hundreds of precious trees from Markeaton park.

Trees are important because they take carbon dioxide out of the air, and play a role in removing other pollutants produced by vehicles. The kinds of mature trees that will be destroyed as a result of this road expansion cannot easily be replaced.

Central Government and Derby city council have both declared climate emergencies. We should be aiming to reduce volumes of traffic, not encouraging more cars and more toxic car fumes.

Furthermore, the current plans for expansion are set to take four years. That's four years of disruptive construction for locals, just for higher levels of air pollution.

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How it will be delivered

We will hand them in at a hearing, and aim to trigger a debate at the City Council.

The petition will end on 16th December 2020.

Derby, UK

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Reasons for signing

  • This expansion is not in line with the declaration of a climate emergency. How about investing the money in carbon reduction schemes instead while we still have a chance? Frustrating to see those in power care so little about our Earth.
  • Declaring a Climate Emergency is meaningless if you then continue to make decisions which are contributing to that very emergency. I can't get my head round why we would spend £250million to finance a project which will put more CO2 and more pollution into the atmosphere, when we should be doing all we can to discourage people from using cars. Why don't we invest some of that money in cycle infrastructure and improving public transport, or subsidising public transport?
  • What is the sense of a 3rd lane between only 2 junctions? One that makes the 2018 Climate targets impossible. The CO2 absorption of 2000 saplings is nothing compared with just one of these trees.


2020-12-12 17:30:11 +0000

5,000 signatures reached

2020-07-10 09:10:45 +0100

New report shows roads programme undermines our ability to reach net-zero by 2050.

Thank you to everyone who has signed this petition! Your support is incredible! We've been campaigning to stop the A38 road works in Derby because they completely ignore the climate emergency, will cause huge amounts of air pollution, four years of disruption to Derby City and cause ecological destruction all to accommodate more road vehicles.

Derby City Council still keeps supporting this scheme despite the declaration of a climate emergency. Road lobbyists, developers and short term economic interests are being prioritised over human health and climate action.

Please if you can, write to your councillors and MP to share your objections to road building.

2020-06-17 09:14:46 +0100

Top climate scientist warns against more roads:

As carbon emissions took a sudden turn for the worst this week, as lockdowns across the globe were eased, a top climate scientist has warned that building more roads “would be very detrimental”. Corrine Le Quere, is a professor of climate change at the University of East Anglia and a member of the Committee on Climate Change which was established by the Government to provide independent advice on climate change.

2020-05-23 18:47:11 +0100

Legal challenge to the Department of Transport could halt the A38 works!

Transport Action Network want to challenge Road Investment Strategy 2 (RIS2) which the A38 works are part of. RIS2 will spend £27.4 billion by 2025 on thousands of miles of roads from Cornwall to Northumberland - at a time of a global health crisis and climate and ecological emergency.

We urgently need to reduce emissions year-on-year if we are to keep the earth’s temperature within safe limits of 1.5C. By building more roads and creating more traffic, RIS2 would take us in the wrong direction and lock us into an unsustainable future.
RIS2 plans for a future of more roads and more cars, where traffic levels would nearly double by 2050. This would be devastating for people, green spaces and wildlife, making it harder to walk and cycle or to catch a bus.

Please support the legal challenge by sharing it or donating if you can:

2020-03-10 07:31:25 +0000

1,000 signatures reached

2020-02-14 10:21:01 +0000

500 signatures reached

2020-01-25 14:57:37 +0000

100 signatures reached

2020-01-24 18:39:38 +0000

50 signatures reached

2020-01-24 13:00:08 +0000

25 signatures reached

2020-01-24 06:21:39 +0000

10 signatures reached