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Almost three years earlier, BNRR had started what turned out to be a long and expensive process of modifying indenture provisions on bonds issued in 1896 by Northern Pacific Railroad as it was being reorganized.
A spokesman for the Alliance Against the BNRR said: "Our opposition has been shown to be completely justified.
Today, members of the Alliance Against the BNRR, which is set to stretch from the M42 at Coleshill, to the M6 near Cannock, were attempting to question Abbey chairman Lord Tugendhat over the funding role.
Today, members of the Alliance Against the BNRR, which is set to stretch from the M42 at Coleshill, to the M6 near Cannock, will attempt to grill Abbey chairman Lord Tugendhat over the funding role.
The change of heart infuriated the collection of environmental groups, including Friends of the Earth and the CPRE, which had come together under the umbrella group Alliance against the BNRR. A subsequent legal challenge by the Alliance at the end of 1997 failed.
A spokesman for the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions, said road- building schemes, including the BNRR, were vital to the country's infrastructure.
The Government inspector who conducted the marathon public inquiry into the BNRR recommended the canal crossings.
Further alterations to route 1994: Public inquiry starts 1995: Public inquiry ends 1997: Final go-ahead from Government 1997: Alliance Against BNRR campaign group challenges the scheme 1999: Challenge fails 2000: Tenders sought for design and build contract 2000: MEL signs contract with CAMBBA for design and construction 2000: MEL signs contract for financing.
Already the cost of policing protests against the Birmingham Northern Relief Road (BNRR) has run to more than pounds 1 million, but the bill will certainly escalate.
Sir, -So the Freight Transport Association reckons that most of its members' lorries will be shunning the Birmingham Northern Relief Road (BNRR) (Post, Aug 9).
Hazel Barnes, of the Alliance Against the BNRR, said: "This is breath of fresh air for people living along the route and it gives us hope.
The 27-mile BNRR - linking the M42 at Coleshill and the M6 at Cannock - is designed to ease congestion on the M6, a proposal which has infuriated local residents and environmentalists, angry about it eating up green belt land.
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