A new report claims that when it comes to the building of road transport infrastructure, Britain is lagging behind its European counterparts.
The new report, commissioned by the Department for Transport (DfT), has analysed the impact of a range of road and transport projects in Britain and found that while a majority of UK transport spending is on infrastructure that is already under construction, Britain’s road transport system is still largely in a state of delay and uncertainty.
In particular, the report found that a lack of clarity around how to fund road transport projects has hampered the construction of new roads and other infrastructure, resulting in delays in building new infrastructure and a significant increase in construction costs.
The report also highlighted the potential for delays to impact road transport services, with the report citing recent developments that have led to delays in the opening of new railway lines, as well as the disruption of passenger rail services.
The findings are not new, but the new study highlights the extent to which there is an issue of lack of transparency and planning around road transport.
The DfT’s Road Transport Strategy for 2020-2022 is one of the latest efforts by the government to try and ensure the future of road infrastructure.
In a statement, the DfA said the study’s findings highlight the need to have a clear vision for road transport and how to use public and private funding to achieve it.
“It is vital that this vision is supported by the right road transport planning and implementation, so that we can build a sustainable, high quality road transport network and meet the needs of future generations,” said a spokesperson for the DfaT.
“The Government is committed to prioritising investment in infrastructure that will benefit future generations and provide for the highest possible levels of mobility and wellbeing.”
The DfaTs report found there are a number of areas where the government has made progress on improving road transport:More roads will be built in 2020, it says, with a total of 17.7 million km of new road being built by 2023.
This is a drop from the figure of 25.4 million km in 2020.
This will come despite the fact that road transport investment in 2020 fell by 5.7% compared to the previous year.
However, the overall figure of road construction remains very low compared to previous years, and road construction projects remain poorly funded and under-resourced.
The government has been criticised for its track record on road construction, with critics saying that the DftA has not kept up with the pace of investment in road infrastructure and infrastructure projects.
The Government has said it is aiming to double the number of road bridges over the next 20 years, but only six of these have been completed by the end of this decade.
The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said that the report is yet another example of the Government being slow to take the lead in road transport funding.
“We’ve got to keep improving road investment to make sure we’re investing in the right infrastructure for the future,” said Alison Mackay, Director of the DFA.
“So that’s why we’re looking at what other countries are doing, how they’re doing it, and what are we doing in the UK to ensure we can be on top of things.”