Road congestion in UK hits a 10-year high

Road congestion in UK hits a 10-year high
Road congestion in UK hits a 10-year high – traffic queues are a familiar sight for all of us.

ROAD congestion in UK hits a 10-year high according to a survey by the Freight Transport Association.
The group’s quarterly report has illustrated the rate of deterioration in reliability on the road network at 55 per cent – which is the lowest it has been since 2002, due to increased traffic in the run-up to Christmas.
The results, from over 100 logistics operators, are seen as an indication of the impact of the increase in domestic road freight activity levels.
They also highlight the rate of decline in the reliability of the UK motorway network.
FTA director of policy Karen Dee said: “This survey is a clear indication that congestion on our roads has increased again, and drivers are getting stuck in traffic on a regular basis.
“Reliability on the UK road network is crucial for road freight operators. The freight and logistics industry needs road infrastructure that it can rely on to ensure that products are moved efficiently and at reasonable cost.
“As the economy grows there will be increasing demands which will mean more pressure to deliver, and more vehicles on the roads – so it is only going to get worse.”
FTA has voiced its support for the Road Investment Strategy announced by the Department for Transport last December, stating that it “believed it can only be good news for all road users.”
The strategy outlines plans for £15 billion to be spent over five years on 1,300 new lane miles on motorways and trunk roads in order to reduce congestion, and fix some of the most notorious and long-standing problem areas on the road network.