Gridlocked roads will see delays DOUBLE by 2040, gloomy government report predicts
By Kyle Linsay
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 - 13:44
NORM: Congestion is only going to get worse
Time motorists spend stuck in traffic on Britain’s roads will more than double by 2040, a new government report has predicted.
Latest forecasts by the Department for Transport show the UK’s road network will likely struggle to contain the ten million more vehicles expected by 2040.
Steady delays will increase by a whopping 114%, claims the report, while average road speeds will fall by 8%.
This means that 15% of vehicles on major roads at peak times would be stuck in traffic jams.
The report also predicts the cost of motoring will fall by 24% for cars by 2040 due to improved fuel efficiency.
Light goods vehicles will also enjoy a 7% fall in motoring costs, though HGV outlay is expected to rocket 36%.
While this may be good news for most drivers’ pockets, it would also mean that the level of congestion could be even greater.
Calculations are based on a 20% population rise, combined with quantitative estimates surrounding better living standards and economic growth.
However, if the population and economy both grow more than predicted, 30% of cars could be stuck in peak time jams by 2040.
The gloomy predictions come as the government announce details of a £28billion investment package which will see many major roads improved.
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