Traffic's up - but road building not the answer

14 August 2014

Today new Government statistics reveal that motor vehicle traffic has risen by 1.4% to 77.1bn vehicle miles, and average speed on local ‘A’ roads has continued to drop to 24.4mph, down 0.9% on this time last year.

The data was released within the Department for Transport’s ‘Quarterly Road Traffic Estimates’ and ‘Congestion on local A roads’ reports.


Allan Williams, Policy Advisor for Sustrans commented:

“Traffic is a major headache for everyone but we can’t build our way out of road congestion. According to the Government’s own analysis there’s little evidence of wider economic, social or environmental benefits either.’

“The key to unlock road traffic congestion is to give people a choice about how they travel by providing safe, convenient and affordable alternatives to driving.

“Investment in public transport, cycling and walking will increase capacity on our roads for those who need to use them most, while increasing road building will just continue to put more cars on our roads, increasing congestion and harmful emissions.”