Carbon emissions from England’s roads plan ‘100 times greater than government claims’

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Exclusive: Experts in court challenge to £27bn programme say official emissions calculations dramatically underestimate figures

Carbon emissions from England’s planned £27bn roadbuilding programme will be about 100 times greater than the government has stated, according to expert witnesses in a court challenge.

Environmental campaigners are seeking a judicial review of the second roads investment strategy (RIS2), which was described by ministers when launched as “the largest ever investment in English strategic roads”, paying for 4,000 miles of road and including such schemes as the Lower Thames Crossing and the Stonehenge tunnel.

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