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CPRE Cheshire supports Friends of Carrington Moss campaign

17th September 2021

Wetlands act as an incredibly effective carbon sink; when they are drained, this carbon is released into the atmosphere, exacerbating the climate crisis! Find out more about the campaign against building a new road across Carrington Moss.

Friends of Carrington Moss are calling for a moratorium on road building across the Moss, asking instead for an increase in paths and bridleways to enable residents to leave their cars at home and get around safely by bike, foot or horse. Not only will this improve the health of local residents, but will mean that the peatlands of the Moss remain wet, keeping carbon locked up instead of letting it leak out into the atmosphere.

The Greater Manchester Transport Strategy 2040 calls for a reduction in car use, with a stated aim of reducing car journeys to 50% of those currently taken, with an increase in public transport, cycling and walking.

CPRE research has long been able to demonstrate that the building of new roads tends to lead to more and longer journey times, meaning that congestion is only alleviated for a short initial period following the construction of the road. For more information, see our report “Challenging the consensus: The end of the road“.

If you would like to find out more about the campaign, visit the Friends of Carrington Moss webpage:

The ruins of Moss Hall Farm in a now wooded area on Carrington Moss. © Copyright Peter McDermott and licensed for reuse under Creative Commons Licence