Laura Sharman 30 July 2018

Councils warn of congestion crisis after vehicle numbers jump by 2.5 million

Councils warn of congestion crisis after vehicle numbers jump by 2.5 million image

The number of vehicles on England’s roads has risen by 2.5 million in the last five years, while road space has only increased by 0.6%, council leaders have warned.

Figures show the number of vehicles on the road has increased by 7.7% on the last five years, while road length in England has only increased by 0.6% in the same time period.

The Local Government Association (LGA) warned that this disparity not only increases congestion and air pollution, but also affects local economies.

It is calling for a radical new strategy and new powers for councils to better manage congestion.

‘England’s roads are currently gripped by a growing congestion crisis,’ said Cllr Martin Tett, LGA transport spokesman.

‘It would already take more than £9bn and over 14 years for councils to clear the current local road repairs backlog. Reinvesting 2 pence per litre of existing fuel duty into local road maintenance would generate £1bn a year for councils to start tackling the backlog and improve our local roads.’

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