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From: Jo Makepeace (
Subject: SchNEWS 267, Friday 21st JULY 2000

ATOM protest against Midland Expressway - 27th July


Midland Expressway Ltd, the company behind the first toll-motorway in Britain, are three and a half years behind schedule - thanks to site occupations by protestors and the doubling of construction costs. Despite the original construction firm, Kvaerner, pulling out, MEL - bolstered by new banking loans - still plans to build a whopping 3 lane, 27 mile long bypass on greenbelt land just north of Birmingham. As well as devastating the local countryside and communities, it will also do little to ease congestion in the long term and will certainly lead the way for further greenbelt expansion.

Next Friday 27th July, there's an 11am protest outside the MEL office at Warwick House, 737 Warwick Rd in Solihull, West Midlands. There's a party and picnic in the park on Hednesford Road, off A5 Watling Street, Brownhills West the next day.

Action against the Toll Motorway (ATOM)
tel - 07818 687742
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