Delivering the UK's Road Network

Author: Andreas Markides Posted: 13 July 2017

I chaired the morning session of this one-day conference which was organised by Waterfront, in London. The conference debated the recent announcement from Government about its Road Investment Strategy (RIS) which aims to deliver much-needed infrastructure. The conference also considered how we might manage traffic demand in the future by either road pricing or new concepts such as that of Spitsmijden from Holland. 

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Billions of pounds spent upgrading motorways and roads may be a waste of money because traffic levels are expected to fall, ministers have been told. 
 
A study by the University of Leeds has said that people were travelling “less often and less far” by car because of the rise of internet shopping, Netflix and flexible working.
 
The Commission on Travel Demand said that individuals used cars and other vehicles 14% less than they did fifteen years ago with more of those in their late teens and early 20s shunning car ownership altogether.
 
Hence, even though traffic has reached record levels as a result of population growth, the study has concluded that vehicles were likely to travel 70 billion miles less by 2040 than the government predicted.