While headline aspects of HS2 are never out of the media, here at Mayer Brown we’re working on the fine detail of the complexities of HS2, changing the way the new high-speed railway will impact on individuals and businesses.
There is some opposition currently to cycling schemes in London with critics saying that the traffic build up is causing a problem. However, research tells us that huge numbers of Londoners will choose to cycle if they feel safe doing so. London's Cycle Superhighways are striving to do this. We have created this infographic to help highlight some of the statistics around why we need to encourage more cycling in our capital. The main benefit being less pollution and a healthier future for Londoners.
The impact of climate change on environmental assessments is primarily related to flood risk. Rising sea levels and increased rainfall all increase flood risk (and associated water contamination) from the sea, sewers and rivers.
In the world of roads and junctions, changes are occurring at an increasing pace, both in the UK and globally. Gone are the days of the highway engineer churning out ill-considered road schemes that merely serve to increase the number of trips by car each year in our towns and cities.
The effects of climate change, together with recent guidance from the Environment Agency (EA), mean that an increasing number of developers now have to take measures to overcome flood risk issues. This need not be the onerous task it appears to be.
Here in the UK, we’re at something of a crossroads when it comes to emerging policies and standards to tackle air pollution. The policies of the new Mayor of London, coupled with the UK referendum vote to leave the EU, could all have an impact on how we deal with this important topic.
We’re all well aware that demographics have shifted in recent decades and that we’re living longer. We’re also remaining active longer – at work, socially and physically - and that means that there are a growing number of drivers aged over 70 on the roads, travelling to various activities.
Environmental impact has become a key area of focus in the debate over whether Britain should stay in the EU. As with many of the other topics under discussion around the EU referendum, common threads among the claims and counter-claims are:
Technology and road safety have been in the media quite a lot lately. The theme of discussion is often the fact that it’s human, rather than technical error, that is to blame in the majority of accidents and that if you eliminate the human factor, through driverless (autonomous) cars, we can all look forward to much safer travelling.