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Road building defeated in London

Cecil Parkinson, transport secretary, July 1989 - November 1990
Cecil Parkinson, transport secretary, July 1989 - November 1990

 

The scrapping of the Greater London Council in 1986 gave the Department of Transport the chance to exert more control over London’s road network. In advance of this transport secretary Nicholas Ridley announced in 1984 new assessment studies to look at traffic problems in four parts of the capital: the South Circular east of Wandsworth; part of south London; part of west London; and part of east London.

There was uproar when the consultants released their provisional reports in 1988. The...

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