There will be at least 4M more cars on the UK’s roads in the next 20 years significantly increasing traffic delays and hampering the economy, new research from the RAC Foundation and Arup shows.
The report, Keeping the Nation Moving, says the jump in people and cars will be accompanied by surges in traffic volume and delays on the UK’s roads, which are already the most heavily used in Europe. It adds that on average, traffic volume will go up by 43% by 2035 and average delays will increase 54%.
RAC Foundation director Stephen Glaister repeated his earlier call for work to start on 96 unfunded roads deemed to be of a high economic value. “Forget about Plan B, ministers do not even have a Plan A for dealing with the awful conditions forecast for the roads in the years ahead,” he said. “It is a case of jams today, and even more jams tomorrow.”
“The Department for Transport’s own figures show that by 2035 traffic is set to rise by almost 50% and delays by more than 50%,” he said. “And these are only average figures. In some places, at some times of the day, the jams will be many times worse. The impact will be immense, not just on car drivers but also businesses trying to move their goods about.”
While the overall growth in traffic volume is forecast to be more than 40%, RAC Foundation and Arup say it will vary significantly region by region:
- 1. East Midlands 48%
- 2. South West 46%
- 3. East of England 45%
- 4= South East 44%
- 4= Yorks & Humber 44%
- 6. London 40%
- 7= North West 39%
- 7= Wales 39%
- 7= West Midlands 39%
- 10. North East 34%