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It is thought that motorists will face much longer delays on UK roads in the future as the population rises. An increase in cars coupled with lower transport infrastructure spending will be the main cause reports the RAC.
The RAC believe that Minsters need to be prepared for the vast increase in cars on the roads and, at present, a report from the foundation describes how Minsters have not explained how they plan to cope with the onslaught.
The report predicts that a rise of 43 per cent is evident by the year 2035 with the largest increase predicted for the East Midlands.
The RAC has highlighted that their research in conjunction with the consultancy group Arup has identified 96 road schemes which are “currently sitting on the Department for Transport’s shelves”, claiming that the top ten projects on the list would produce significant returns if they were invested in, at a rate of more than £6 for every £1 invested.
RAC Foundation director Professor Stephen Glaister said: “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. 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%. And these are only average figures.”
Mr Mike Penning, Minister for Transport said: “Transport investment was treated as a priority for government in the spending review and we have committed £4 billion on Highways Agency major projects, capital maintenance and enhancements.
“This substantial investment, alongside funding for the local road network, will drive economic growth and boost the UK economy.”
He added: “An independent review of the Highways Agency is also under way to examine options for improving the efficiency, effectiveness and performance of our strategic road network.”