Frustration as Autumn Budget ‘locks Britain into polluted, congested future,' according to cycling campaigners

The government has announced a £30billion fund for roads

Commuting by bike. Image: Richard Baybutt

(Image credit: Richard Baybutt)

Cycling campaigners have shared their frustration after the government announced a new £30billion fund for road improvements, raising concerns about pollution and congestion.

The budget has been criticised for ‘locking Britain into a polluted, congested future’ and campaigners have called for more focus on cycling and walking.

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.