Southend Airport's £2m link road opens

Opening the road – deputy mayor Sally Carr cuts the ribbon with Jonny Rayner beside her and local residents

Opening the road – deputy mayor Sally Carr cuts the ribbon with Jonny Rayner beside her and local residents

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SOUTHEND Airport’s new £2million link road is open.

Barriers on the highway, which connects Eastwoodbury Lane with Nestuda Way, were removed at midnight as the airport enters the next phase of its expansion project.

Airport bosses and local councillors joined members of the Eastwood and St Laurence Residents’ Association to walk along the new route yesterday, and cut a red ribbon to herald its opening.

Last July, airport chiefs applied for permission to block traffic moving along Eastwoodbury Lane and build a new link road.

The plans for the new road were approved by the council, but more than 60 objections by residents and campaign group Stop Airport Expansion Now forced the Government to hold a public inquiry in May.

However, the Department for Transport rubber-stamped the proposal last month and the section of the road which runs along the airport’s southern border was closed permanently this morning.

The new route starts near the existing junction with Avro Road and cuts across fields north of the Tesco Extra store, in Prince Avenue, joining Nestuda Way at a new roundabout.

Sally Carr, Southend Council’s deputy mayor, said: “I hope we can now look forward to the future.

“There have been people who were against this, but that is in the past now and I hope we can move on.”

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4:18pm Fri 2 Sep 11

r6keith says...

All thats needed now is a slip road into Tesco from Nestuda Way ( by The Strawberry Field) and a slip road out of Tesco going straight onto the southend bound A127 ,thus allowing the Tesco roundabout more freedom to flow.
All thats needed now is a slip road into Tesco from Nestuda Way ( by The Strawberry Field) and a slip road out of Tesco going straight onto the southend bound A127 ,thus allowing the Tesco roundabout more freedom to flow. r6keith
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8:27am Sat 3 Sep 11

jetfixer says...

Can't understand why they didn't link the roads up properly. RBS link road misses the roundabout by 15 feet! That seems daft that they have to use the 127 roundabout causing more blockage rather than a turn right onto the new road. It's seems they didn't think it through. They had a perfect oppotunity to sort it out and the blew it!!
Can't understand why they didn't link the roads up properly. RBS link road misses the roundabout by 15 feet! That seems daft that they have to use the 127 roundabout causing more blockage rather than a turn right onto the new road. It's seems they didn't think it through. They had a perfect oppotunity to sort it out and the blew it!! jetfixer
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8:32am Sat 3 Sep 11

el caballero de la noche says...

I know the lighting on the new roads is exceptionally good but if the mob opened the road at midnight it was bloody bright in the photo!!
I know the lighting on the new roads is exceptionally good but if the mob opened the road at midnight it was bloody bright in the photo!! el caballero de la noche
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11:28am Sat 3 Sep 11

annonnamus says...

el caballero de la noche wrote:
I know the lighting on the new roads is exceptionally good but if the mob opened the road at midnight it was bloody bright in the photo!!
Incredible wit.

Does this mean that this new road will see air buses land at very close proximity on the expanded runway?
[quote][p][bold]el caballero de la noche[/bold] wrote: I know the lighting on the new roads is exceptionally good but if the mob opened the road at midnight it was bloody bright in the photo!![/p][/quote]Incredible wit. Does this mean that this new road will see air buses land at very close proximity on the expanded runway? annonnamus
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8:32pm Sat 3 Sep 11

MBRIDGE63@aol.com says...

I am in support of the airport expansion but i do wonder about all the fuss the airport boses made a few years ago about
having to move/resite Eastwood church (I was totally opposed to that) because it is situated at the side of the runway red tape & health & saftey rules we were told, & yet they were allowed build Tesco, RBS, & now a new road & new childrens playground all at the end of where the new runway extension will end, which is in the direct vicinity of the aircraft flightpath, take off's & landings are the most dangerous part of any flight so how have health & saftey laws allowed this to go ahead? Surely it would have been safer to tunnel the road under the new runway, but more importantly a lot more expensive!!!!!!!! I agree with jetfixer the labarynth of roads & roundabouts from the A127 is a nightmare i can see the whole lot getting gridlocked, so much for being green, emisions & carbon footprints & all that Bahhhh!!!!
I am in support of the airport expansion but i do wonder about all the fuss the airport boses made a few years ago about having to move/resite Eastwood church (I was totally opposed to that) because it is situated at the side of the runway red tape & health & saftey rules we were told, & yet they were allowed build Tesco, RBS, & now a new road & new childrens playground all at the end of where the new runway extension will end, which is in the direct vicinity of the aircraft flightpath, take off's & landings are the most dangerous part of any flight so how have health & saftey laws allowed this to go ahead? Surely it would have been safer to tunnel the road under the new runway, but more importantly a lot more expensive!!!!!!!! I agree with jetfixer the labarynth of roads & roundabouts from the A127 is a nightmare i can see the whole lot getting gridlocked, so much for being green, emisions & carbon footprints & all that Bahhhh!!!! MBRIDGE63@aol.com
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9:01pm Sat 3 Sep 11

Trimmer says...

Just had my first drive down the new road , thought the barbed wire down the side of stalag Stobart was a nice touch ! Very welcoming.
Just had my first drive down the new road , thought the barbed wire down the side of stalag Stobart was a nice touch ! Very welcoming. Trimmer
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7:31am Sun 4 Sep 11

the citizen says...

Not bad but......Not sure traffic flow fully thought through.Mrs Citizen keeps commenting on the narrow lanes around the new roundabout, she has a point. Also... will this mean more traffic going through Rochford to get to Hockley, rather than use Cherry Orchard Lane? There have been a few hold ups with traffic unable to turn right out of the the new link road because of traffic travelling south on the existing duel carriageway. Also why no bus layby's ?. Time will tell whether this new road system works without gridlocking the whole area. Glad to see the church got a nice new carpark out of it. Re: the church move etc I think the whole "we need to move the church" was a ruse to get us all so against that plan that we rolled over for the one they really wanted, the one we now have. A common planning tactic. Put in the worst and then go back to the preferred as it will be seen as a compromise and a therefore victory for the local people.
Not bad but......Not sure traffic flow fully thought through.Mrs Citizen keeps commenting on the narrow lanes around the new roundabout, she has a point. Also... will this mean more traffic going through Rochford to get to Hockley, rather than use Cherry Orchard Lane? There have been a few hold ups with traffic unable to turn right out of the the new link road because of traffic travelling south on the existing duel carriageway. Also why no bus layby's ?. Time will tell whether this new road system works without gridlocking the whole area. Glad to see the church got a nice new carpark out of it. Re: the church move etc I think the whole "we need to move the church" was a ruse to get us all so against that plan that we rolled over for the one they really wanted, the one we now have. A common planning tactic. Put in the worst and then go back to the preferred as it will be seen as a compromise and a therefore victory for the local people. the citizen
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8:32am Sun 4 Sep 11

joeski97 says...

MBRIDGE63@aol.com wrote:
I am in support of the airport expansion but i do wonder about all the fuss the airport boses made a few years ago about
having to move/resite Eastwood church (I was totally opposed to that) because it is situated at the side of the runway red tape & health & saftey rules we were told, & yet they were allowed build Tesco, RBS, & now a new road & new childrens playground all at the end of where the new runway extension will end, which is in the direct vicinity of the aircraft flightpath, take off's & landings are the most dangerous part of any flight so how have health & saftey laws allowed this to go ahead? Surely it would have been safer to tunnel the road under the new runway, but more importantly a lot more expensive!!!!!!!! I agree with jetfixer the labarynth of roads & roundabouts from the A127 is a nightmare i can see the whole lot getting gridlocked, so much for being green, emisions & carbon footprints & all that Bahhhh!!!!
maybe if people wern't so lazy and used public transport or walked we wouldn't have gridlocked road's!
[quote][p][bold]MBRIDGE63@aol.com[/bold] wrote: I am in support of the airport expansion but i do wonder about all the fuss the airport boses made a few years ago about having to move/resite Eastwood church (I was totally opposed to that) because it is situated at the side of the runway red tape & health & saftey rules we were told, & yet they were allowed build Tesco, RBS, & now a new road & new childrens playground all at the end of where the new runway extension will end, which is in the direct vicinity of the aircraft flightpath, take off's & landings are the most dangerous part of any flight so how have health & saftey laws allowed this to go ahead? Surely it would have been safer to tunnel the road under the new runway, but more importantly a lot more expensive!!!!!!!! I agree with jetfixer the labarynth of roads & roundabouts from the A127 is a nightmare i can see the whole lot getting gridlocked, so much for being green, emisions & carbon footprints & all that Bahhhh!!!![/p][/quote]maybe if people wern't so lazy and used public transport or walked we wouldn't have gridlocked road's! joeski97
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10:59am Sun 4 Sep 11

j-w says...

MBRIDGE63,
Tesco, Rbs and the new road are not at the end of the runway, the runway is actually parrallel to the new road as it approaches the new roundabout.
MBRIDGE63, Tesco, Rbs and the new road are not at the end of the runway, the runway is actually parrallel to the new road as it approaches the new roundabout. j-w
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11:06am Sun 4 Sep 11

ADucksQuack says...

Have allowances been made for cyclists on this new route?

I used to cycle through Shoplands and Sutton Road, over the bridge by the airport retail park, then through to Eastwoodbury Lane and then on through Eastwood etc. to Rayleigh.

Can I still do this without risking death on a dual-carriageway?
Have allowances been made for cyclists on this new route? I used to cycle through Shoplands and Sutton Road, over the bridge by the airport retail park, then through to Eastwoodbury Lane and then on through Eastwood etc. to Rayleigh. Can I still do this without risking death on a dual-carriageway? ADucksQuack
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4:41pm Sun 4 Sep 11

tophatdt says...

ADucksQuack wrote:
Have allowances been made for cyclists on this new route?

I used to cycle through Shoplands and Sutton Road, over the bridge by the airport retail park, then through to Eastwoodbury Lane and then on through Eastwood etc. to Rayleigh.

Can I still do this without risking death on a dual-carriageway?
No, you must now risk getting killed on the new road (us motorists hate cyclists), or go through Rochford and that way round....or give it up and learn to fly.
[quote][p][bold]ADucksQuack[/bold] wrote: Have allowances been made for cyclists on this new route? I used to cycle through Shoplands and Sutton Road, over the bridge by the airport retail park, then through to Eastwoodbury Lane and then on through Eastwood etc. to Rayleigh. Can I still do this without risking death on a dual-carriageway?[/p][/quote]No, you must now risk getting killed on the new road (us motorists hate cyclists), or go through Rochford and that way round....or give it up and learn to fly. tophatdt
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10:43pm Sun 4 Sep 11

Max Impact says...

tophatdt wrote:
ADucksQuack wrote: Have allowances been made for cyclists on this new route? I used to cycle through Shoplands and Sutton Road, over the bridge by the airport retail park, then through to Eastwoodbury Lane and then on through Eastwood etc. to Rayleigh. Can I still do this without risking death on a dual-carriageway?
No, you must now risk getting killed on the new road (us motorists hate cyclists), or go through Rochford and that way round....or give it up and learn to fly.
or use the shared cycle/footway alongside the road.
[quote][p][bold]tophatdt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ADucksQuack[/bold] wrote: Have allowances been made for cyclists on this new route? I used to cycle through Shoplands and Sutton Road, over the bridge by the airport retail park, then through to Eastwoodbury Lane and then on through Eastwood etc. to Rayleigh. Can I still do this without risking death on a dual-carriageway?[/p][/quote]No, you must now risk getting killed on the new road (us motorists hate cyclists), or go through Rochford and that way round....or give it up and learn to fly.[/p][/quote]or use the shared cycle/footway alongside the road. Max Impact
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9:24am Mon 5 Sep 11

ADucksQuack says...

Max Impact wrote:
tophatdt wrote:
ADucksQuack wrote: Have allowances been made for cyclists on this new route? I used to cycle through Shoplands and Sutton Road, over the bridge by the airport retail park, then through to Eastwoodbury Lane and then on through Eastwood etc. to Rayleigh. Can I still do this without risking death on a dual-carriageway?
No, you must now risk getting killed on the new road (us motorists hate cyclists), or go through Rochford and that way round....or give it up and learn to fly.
or use the shared cycle/footway alongside the road.
I don't cycle on pavements, I'm a road user. As such I expect to be considered when routes are taken away from me by councils.
[quote][p][bold]Max Impact[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tophatdt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ADucksQuack[/bold] wrote: Have allowances been made for cyclists on this new route? I used to cycle through Shoplands and Sutton Road, over the bridge by the airport retail park, then through to Eastwoodbury Lane and then on through Eastwood etc. to Rayleigh. Can I still do this without risking death on a dual-carriageway?[/p][/quote]No, you must now risk getting killed on the new road (us motorists hate cyclists), or go through Rochford and that way round....or give it up and learn to fly.[/p][/quote]or use the shared cycle/footway alongside the road.[/p][/quote]I don't cycle on pavements, I'm a road user. As such I expect to be considered when routes are taken away from me by councils. ADucksQuack
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9:38am Mon 5 Sep 11

DannyK86 says...

ADucksQuack wrote:
Max Impact wrote:
tophatdt wrote:
ADucksQuack wrote: Have allowances been made for cyclists on this new route? I used to cycle through Shoplands and Sutton Road, over the bridge by the airport retail park, then through to Eastwoodbury Lane and then on through Eastwood etc. to Rayleigh. Can I still do this without risking death on a dual-carriageway?
No, you must now risk getting killed on the new road (us motorists hate cyclists), or go through Rochford and that way round....or give it up and learn to fly.
or use the shared cycle/footway alongside the road.
I don't cycle on pavements, I'm a road user. As such I expect to be considered when routes are taken away from me by councils.
If you don't use designated cycle paths set aside for the purpose, you can't bleat if you have an accident.
[quote][p][bold]ADucksQuack[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Max Impact[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tophatdt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ADucksQuack[/bold] wrote: Have allowances been made for cyclists on this new route? I used to cycle through Shoplands and Sutton Road, over the bridge by the airport retail park, then through to Eastwoodbury Lane and then on through Eastwood etc. to Rayleigh. Can I still do this without risking death on a dual-carriageway?[/p][/quote]No, you must now risk getting killed on the new road (us motorists hate cyclists), or go through Rochford and that way round....or give it up and learn to fly.[/p][/quote]or use the shared cycle/footway alongside the road.[/p][/quote]I don't cycle on pavements, I'm a road user. As such I expect to be considered when routes are taken away from me by councils.[/p][/quote]If you don't use designated cycle paths set aside for the purpose, you can't bleat if you have an accident. DannyK86
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12:06pm Mon 5 Sep 11

ADucksQuack says...

DannyK86 wrote:
ADucksQuack wrote:
Max Impact wrote:
tophatdt wrote:
ADucksQuack wrote: Have allowances been made for cyclists on this new route? I used to cycle through Shoplands and Sutton Road, over the bridge by the airport retail park, then through to Eastwoodbury Lane and then on through Eastwood etc. to Rayleigh. Can I still do this without risking death on a dual-carriageway?
No, you must now risk getting killed on the new road (us motorists hate cyclists), or go through Rochford and that way round....or give it up and learn to fly.
or use the shared cycle/footway alongside the road.
I don't cycle on pavements, I'm a road user. As such I expect to be considered when routes are taken away from me by councils.
If you don't use designated cycle paths set aside for the purpose, you can't bleat if you have an accident.
I can. I am a legitimate road user like anyone else, due the same considerations as anyone else.

There are no designated cycle paths on that road. I cannot cycle at 25mph on a footpath.
[quote][p][bold]DannyK86[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ADucksQuack[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Max Impact[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tophatdt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ADucksQuack[/bold] wrote: Have allowances been made for cyclists on this new route? I used to cycle through Shoplands and Sutton Road, over the bridge by the airport retail park, then through to Eastwoodbury Lane and then on through Eastwood etc. to Rayleigh. Can I still do this without risking death on a dual-carriageway?[/p][/quote]No, you must now risk getting killed on the new road (us motorists hate cyclists), or go through Rochford and that way round....or give it up and learn to fly.[/p][/quote]or use the shared cycle/footway alongside the road.[/p][/quote]I don't cycle on pavements, I'm a road user. As such I expect to be considered when routes are taken away from me by councils.[/p][/quote]If you don't use designated cycle paths set aside for the purpose, you can't bleat if you have an accident.[/p][/quote]I can. I am a legitimate road user like anyone else, due the same considerations as anyone else. There are no designated cycle paths on that road. I cannot cycle at 25mph on a footpath. ADucksQuack
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8:01am Tue 6 Sep 11

carnacation says...

ADucksQuack wrote:
DannyK86 wrote:
ADucksQuack wrote:
Max Impact wrote:
tophatdt wrote:
ADucksQuack wrote: Have allowances been made for cyclists on this new route? I used to cycle through Shoplands and Sutton Road, over the bridge by the airport retail park, then through to Eastwoodbury Lane and then on through Eastwood etc. to Rayleigh. Can I still do this without risking death on a dual-carriageway?
No, you must now risk getting killed on the new road (us motorists hate cyclists), or go through Rochford and that way round....or give it up and learn to fly.
or use the shared cycle/footway alongside the road.
I don't cycle on pavements, I'm a road user. As such I expect to be considered when routes are taken away from me by councils.
If you don't use designated cycle paths set aside for the purpose, you can't bleat if you have an accident.
I can. I am a legitimate road user like anyone else, due the same considerations as anyone else.

There are no designated cycle paths on that road. I cannot cycle at 25mph on a footpath.
Your not a legitimate road user until you as a cyclist, start paying road tax, just because our two wheeled friends, think they are above and beyond the law, does not give them the right to flout the highway code when it suits them,lets not even consider these cyclists, lets concentrate on the bigger wonderful expectations of Southend becoming the Forth London airport.
[quote][p][bold]ADucksQuack[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DannyK86[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ADucksQuack[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Max Impact[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tophatdt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ADucksQuack[/bold] wrote: Have allowances been made for cyclists on this new route? I used to cycle through Shoplands and Sutton Road, over the bridge by the airport retail park, then through to Eastwoodbury Lane and then on through Eastwood etc. to Rayleigh. Can I still do this without risking death on a dual-carriageway?[/p][/quote]No, you must now risk getting killed on the new road (us motorists hate cyclists), or go through Rochford and that way round....or give it up and learn to fly.[/p][/quote]or use the shared cycle/footway alongside the road.[/p][/quote]I don't cycle on pavements, I'm a road user. As such I expect to be considered when routes are taken away from me by councils.[/p][/quote]If you don't use designated cycle paths set aside for the purpose, you can't bleat if you have an accident.[/p][/quote]I can. I am a legitimate road user like anyone else, due the same considerations as anyone else. There are no designated cycle paths on that road. I cannot cycle at 25mph on a footpath.[/p][/quote]Your not a legitimate road user until you as a cyclist, start paying road tax, just because our two wheeled friends, think they are above and beyond the law, does not give them the right to flout the highway code when it suits them,lets not even consider these cyclists, lets concentrate on the bigger wonderful expectations of Southend becoming the Forth London airport. carnacation
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11:32am Tue 6 Sep 11

ADucksQuack says...

carnacation wrote:
ADucksQuack wrote:
DannyK86 wrote:
ADucksQuack wrote:
Max Impact wrote:
tophatdt wrote:
ADucksQuack wrote: Have allowances been made for cyclists on this new route? I used to cycle through Shoplands and Sutton Road, over the bridge by the airport retail park, then through to Eastwoodbury Lane and then on through Eastwood etc. to Rayleigh. Can I still do this without risking death on a dual-carriageway?
No, you must now risk getting killed on the new road (us motorists hate cyclists), or go through Rochford and that way round....or give it up and learn to fly.
or use the shared cycle/footway alongside the road.
I don't cycle on pavements, I'm a road user. As such I expect to be considered when routes are taken away from me by councils.
If you don't use designated cycle paths set aside for the purpose, you can't bleat if you have an accident.
I can. I am a legitimate road user like anyone else, due the same considerations as anyone else.

There are no designated cycle paths on that road. I cannot cycle at 25mph on a footpath.
Your not a legitimate road user until you as a cyclist, start paying road tax, just because our two wheeled friends, think they are above and beyond the law, does not give them the right to flout the highway code when it suits them,lets not even consider these cyclists, lets concentrate on the bigger wonderful expectations of Southend becoming the Forth London airport.
There is no such thing as 'road tax'. 'Road tax' was abolished in the 1930s by Winston Churchill.

NO-ONE in the UK pays to use British roads (with the exception of a couple of toll roads and bridges/tunnels).

Vehicle Excise Duty - car tax - is a tax on CAR USAGE AND EMISSIONS, it has NOTHING TO DO WITH USING ROADS OR THE RIGHT TO BE ON ROADS.

British roads are paid for through Council Tax, Income Tax, VAT etc. all of which cyclists - and pedestrians - pay.
[quote][p][bold]carnacation[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ADucksQuack[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DannyK86[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ADucksQuack[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Max Impact[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tophatdt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ADucksQuack[/bold] wrote: Have allowances been made for cyclists on this new route? I used to cycle through Shoplands and Sutton Road, over the bridge by the airport retail park, then through to Eastwoodbury Lane and then on through Eastwood etc. to Rayleigh. Can I still do this without risking death on a dual-carriageway?[/p][/quote]No, you must now risk getting killed on the new road (us motorists hate cyclists), or go through Rochford and that way round....or give it up and learn to fly.[/p][/quote]or use the shared cycle/footway alongside the road.[/p][/quote]I don't cycle on pavements, I'm a road user. As such I expect to be considered when routes are taken away from me by councils.[/p][/quote]If you don't use designated cycle paths set aside for the purpose, you can't bleat if you have an accident.[/p][/quote]I can. I am a legitimate road user like anyone else, due the same considerations as anyone else. There are no designated cycle paths on that road. I cannot cycle at 25mph on a footpath.[/p][/quote]Your not a legitimate road user until you as a cyclist, start paying road tax, just because our two wheeled friends, think they are above and beyond the law, does not give them the right to flout the highway code when it suits them,lets not even consider these cyclists, lets concentrate on the bigger wonderful expectations of Southend becoming the Forth London airport.[/p][/quote]There is no such thing as 'road tax'. 'Road tax' was abolished in the 1930s by Winston Churchill. NO-ONE in the UK pays to use British roads (with the exception of a couple of toll roads and bridges/tunnels). Vehicle Excise Duty - car tax - is a tax on CAR USAGE AND EMISSIONS, it has NOTHING TO DO WITH USING ROADS OR THE RIGHT TO BE ON ROADS. British roads are paid for through Council Tax, Income Tax, VAT etc. all of which cyclists - and pedestrians - pay. ADucksQuack
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