Car use in decline, so why build more roads?

27 July 2017

Campaign for Better Transport responds today to the publication of the Department for Transport’s (DfT) latest National Travel Survey. 

The National Travel Survey is a household survey of personal travel by residents of England travelling within Great Britain

Bridget Fox, Sustainable Transport Campaigner, Campaign for Better Transport, said:

“The National Travel Survey shows that a growing population and increased economic activity does not depend on private car use. Britain is on the move - but not always on four wheels. As car use falls, the Government continues to plough on with a huge £23 billion road building programme which should be reassessed against this trend. Rather than throwing money at new roads the Government could better spend it on maintaining existing infrastructure, including a pothole repair backlog coming in at over £10bn.

“The Government should also focus on helping all sections of society get around more easily. This means investing in better public transport, walking and cycling routes, planning new development so fewer people need to drive in the first place and getting more freight traffic off our roads and onto rail.”