The CBI has called on the government to urgently act upon the UK’s growing congestion problem, which is costing the nation’s economy more than £7 billion per year.
The lobbying organisation has made several suggestions to the government about how to solve the congestion problem. The CBI says that if nothing is done, congestion could cost the economy £16bn per year by 2025.
John Cridland, the CBI’s deputy general director, believes an overhaul of the current road network, rather than building new roads, should help ease congestion.
“For too long, Britain’s roads have been a cause of frustration and delays for our businesses and commuters,” he said. “Some government initiatives, such as road-widening schemes or using the hard shoulder on motorways, have been welcome but hardly scratch the surface of the problem.
“Now is the time for fresh thinking on the roads. We need a radical overhaul of how we travel and manage our road system if we are to do more than simply tinker at the edges. Merely slowing the endless rise in congestion is not enough.