A650 Bingley Relief Road is criticised for destroying site of special scientific interest.

Friends of the Earth has slammed Tony Blair for giving an award to a new road in West Yorkshire.

The green movement said that the A650 Bingley Relief Road had destroyed one of Britain’s top wildlife sites.

Tony Bosworth, Friends of the Earth Transport spokesperson, said: “It’s unbelievable that the road is now winning the Better Public Building award for design.”

“Its destruction of Bingley South Bog, a recognized Site of Special Scientific Interest, goes directly against Government policy to protect SSSIs and the road itself hasn’t even provided the transport solution it promised – all it had done is move congestion to elsewhere in the area, exactly what opponents of the road predicted.”

The Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award is jointly sponsored by the CABE and the Office of Government Commerce.

The relief road opened in December 2003.