An expert transport group has questioned whether the Government’s £15bn investment in the strategic road network will in fact “increase congestion on the overall journey and local roads, particularly in urban areas” (localgov.co.uk).
The money, confirmed in the autumn statement earlier this week, will be used to improve the strategic road network in a bid to provide safer and less congested roads.
The Localgov.co.uk report says the money will be used to “build a core network of smart motorways centred on connections between key cities… within a decade”, and to dual a number of key A-roads.
The Local Government Technical Advisers Group (TAG) is quoted as saying: “There is a substantial weight of evidence to show that enlargement of such roads increases traffic substantially within a relatively few years.
“TAG believe that a large number of the projects will, after a fairly short time, increase congestion on the overall journey and local roads particularly in urban areas.”
Councillor Peter Box, transport spokesman at the Local Government Association, added: ‘It is time to stop treating our strategic road network in isolation. Increasing motorway lanes and improving A-roads alone won’t ease congestion but will only speed up cars between growing delays and traffic jams on local roads.”
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