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Daniel Eisenberg

March 16th, 2023

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Increase in Investment for Transport Projects Aimed at Mitigating Climate Change

Recent changes to the National Networks National Policy Statement (NNNPS) have been proposed in order to help ensure that the transport infrastructure in the UK is both resilient to the effects of climate change, and has a reduced impact on the environment. The NNNPS is a key planning document that is used by government ministers when assessing planning applications for major infrastructure projects, such as roads and railways. As such, it’s a vital document in helping to ensure that any new developments are compatible with environmental protection guidelines and climate change resilience goals.

The last review of the NNNPS was eight years ago, and so it is high time that the guidance was updated to reflect the more pressing concerns of the climate crisis. The aim of the proposed changes is to ensure that decisions taken now on infrastructure projects take into account their likely long-term impact on the environment, and the potential effect of extreme weather events caused by climate change. This would mean that, rather than simply looking at the immediate benefits of a particular project, planners and decision makers must also consider the potential long-term risks or damage to the environment.

For instance, if a large motorway or railway project were to be approved, it could have a long-term impact on biodiversity in the area and the natural environment. The proposed alterations to the NNNPS would mean that this potential impact must be taken into consideration, as well as the potential disruption caused by increased traffic in an area, and the potential for damage from extreme weather events.

In order to progress with this new approach to planning, the Department for Transport has released the draft version of the updated NNNPS for public consultation. They are seeking input on a range of topics in relation to climate change and its impact on transport, and how this should be reflected in the NNNPS. The aim is to ensure that all infrastructure decisions are based on a full understanding of environmental and climate change issues.

Ultimately, these proposed changes to the NNNPS will help to ensure that all transport schemes are planned with the environment and future climate conditions in mind. This would help to reduce the risk of damage, disruption, and environmental harm to the UK’s transport infrastructure, and ensure that any road and rail projects are sufficiently resilient to the effects of climate change. By considering the potential long-term risks, we can ensure that any infrastructure investment is made with sustainability in mind.