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Mike Waters' blog: 13 August 2013 - Road to the future

Date: 13 August 2013

Mike Waters is senior insight & consultancy manager at leasing and fleet management company Arval

Great news for drivers as the Government has announced significant investment plans to improve the country's road network. We've been crying out for it for a number of years and it now seems that there is some clear light at the end of the tunnel.

A £28bn investment has been proposed which signals a trebling of funding for motorways and major A-roads.

With the upgrade plans we will see extra lanes on some motorways, smoother quieter road surfaces, improved junctions and new stretches of road where it is deemed necessary.

For those of you that are regularly frustrated by congestion or have damaged your vehicle on a pothole you will probably say "about time".

It is clear to see that in many parts of the country, congestion is a big issue at peak times and road surfaces are in poorer condition than they should be.

As well as this anecdotal view, the figures reinforce this point showing that, in recent years, the UK has invested less on its road network than many other countries across Europe.

The case for investment in the road network is a compelling one as the wasted time and unnecessary costs generated by sub-standard infrastructure provide a major burden for individuals and UK business alike.

The announcement in isolation is a positive step forward, but of course drivers will need to play their part too. Better roads will go some way to reducing traffic jams and speeding up journeys, but for drivers the same rules should apply post investment as those that exist today.

For every journey, plan the route to avoid travelling further than you need or to avoid congestion hot spots. Try to travel outside of peak times and set off with an understanding of where you are going to ensure that you don't get lost.

Simple principles, but allied to the investment that the Government is making, they have the potential to save you time and money.