Britain's road transport system
is in crisis. In this country where people use their cars more than
any other nation in Europe, traffic congestion is getting from bad
to worse. The true cost is only now becoming apparent: Britain will
have to spend up to £4 billion on new roads, every year for
30 years, just to keep up with the rate of traffic growth-this
according to startling research funded by the Economic Social and
Research Council, the ESRC.
Researchers have identified key policy areas
where changes could be crucial-from charging drivers to use roads
to raising the price of fuel and allocating more road space to
pedestrians, buses and cycles. Changing patterns of work and
growing environmental sensitivities among young people, may also
play a key role in resolving Britain's transport crisis- saving the
country's tax-payers a fortune at the same time.