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RUA slams Government road policies

Date: 08 March 2010

The Road Users' Alliance has slammed the Government over its investments for roads, predicting that congestion will rise by 37% over the next 15 years if current levels of investment continue.

According to this statistic, UK motorists will waste 656 million hours a year sitting in traffic jams - the equivalent of 75,000 years.

RUA director Tim Green said: "Road users make a mammoth contribution to the UK Treasury but see little benefit in return. Hard choices face whichever party leader finds himself in Downing Street after the election.

"Will limited public funds be spent on rail, which moves less than 10% of UK passengers, or invested in the transport mode, which makes the biggest contribution to the UK's prosperity and quality of life - the road network?"

The latest edition of RUA's Road File also reveals that, while the UK's investment in new motorway capacity is among the lowest in Europe, our motorists are among the most highly taxed.