In 2004 when the government consulted on the idea of an Expressway, there was a massive response (over 9,500) with 98% of respondents saying they did not want the new road. Despite the overwhelming rejection the Highways Agency have spent the last 12 months considering the options of widening or building a tolled expressway. Two years after the first consultation the government have finally accepted what the public said first time round.
On 20th July the government announced that it had rejected the idea of a new tolled expressway, and is now concentrating on developing plans to widen the M6 between Cannock and Knutsford. Whilst the rejection of the expressway is a great victory for campaigners, widening the M6 is not a solution either as it will mean more traffic and more CO2 emissions.
There are branches of GAME in Stafford, North Staffordshire and Cheshire. For details of your nearest group and how you can get involved, contact John Gale on 01785 214894, email firstname.lastname@example.org or join the email group (see below)