BRITAIN has the most congested roads in Europe, says a report from top government adviser the Commission for Integrated Transport, published this week.
A quarter of the most heavily used roads in UK suffer delays lasting an hour or more while similar delays were found on less than 1 in 10 roads in Germany and France.
The report - European best practice in integrated transport - carried out for CfIT by consultant WS Atkins, compared Britain's transport system with 14 other countries in western Europe.
The report blames heavy road congestion on the UK's failure to integrate its transport modes. This is put down to weaknesses in regional responsibility for transport integration.
Strong political leadership at the local planning level in mainland Europe contrasts with the UK, says the report. Good co-ordination at regional level brings together land use and transport planning, it says.
On the positive side, the UK was found to have the safest roads in Europe. It is building more metro schemes than any other country in Europe and at 50% it has the second highest rise in urban rail travel per person over the last 20 years after Finland.
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