UK’s Traffic Problem is Getting Worse

by admin on June 3, 2016

Auto_stoped_highwaySorry to be the bearers of bad news folks, but if we’re honest, you’ve probably already noticed how much more traffic there is on the roads over recent years.

Statistics suggest that average speed on A-raods over the last year was just 25.5mph, indicating heavy congestion, and many expect that the government’s £15bn Road Investment Strategy isn’t going to fix all the problems.

A spokesman for The AA said: “The stats are moving in the wrong direction and commuting time is only going to get worse, particularly if you’re using urban A-roads to connect to the motorway for your journey.

“Unfortunately the £15bn isn’t going to help the urban A-roads improve as most of it will be spent on major projects. This leaves local authorities to improve these A-roads, and they don’t have the funds to do this.”

RAC roads policy spokesman Nick Lyes said: “While traffic has only increased very slightly on the previous year, it has taken us to record levels. The longer-term picture is more concerning, with overall traffic since 1995 growing by 18.6% in stark contrast to the overall length of our roads, which has only increased by 2.4%.

“The data shows the length of motorways increased by 11.8%, however in the same period traffic levels on motorways increased by 44%, demonstrating that major road usage is outstripping road space.”

The Department for Transport also indicates that the number of cars in Britain has risen by 43% in the past 20 years.

Lyes said: “Having a road network that is fit for purpose, in terms of being able to cope with increased traffic as well as being maintained to an acceptable level, is vital for a prosperous economy.

“There is little doubt that the government’s Road Investment Strategy recognises the importance of this, but these figures show there is a lot of catching up that must be done.”


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