Gridlock Britain 'chokes economy'

Traffic congestion on UK roads is costing businesses about £20bn a year as productivity is hit by staff arriving late to work.

The number of cars on UK roads has risen by 70% between 1982 and 2003, according to the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).

This, its latest survey said, has put more pressure on an already creaking transport infrastructure.

ICE is calling on the government to increase funding for transport.

Get on a bike. To be honest, I’m not much earlier to work than if I set off for the bus at the same time, my time saving is on the journey back. But if I set off five minutes later I’m only five minutes later by bike whereas I’m anything up to twenty minutes later by bus because of the rate at which traffic density increases.

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