The UK’s National Infrastructure Commission has urged the government to invest in cycling to ease the misery of gridlocked roads.
Lord Adonis, who heads the commission, said that the country needs “alternatives to the private car, upgrading and expanding rail and metro systems, better facilities for cycling and walking and improved bus networks.”
It’s all part of the National Infrastructure Assessment, which aims to prioritise “alternatives to the private car, upgrading and expanding rail and metro systems, better facilities for cycling and walking and improved bus networks.”
Speeds on inner London roads have fallen 9% between 2012 and 2015 and overcrowding on the capital´s commuter trains increased 45% between 2011 and 2016, he said.
He added: “We cannot afford to sit on our hands – ministers must act now to tackle the three Cs of congestion, capacity and carbon if we are to have infrastructure fit for the future, supporting economic growth across the country.”
The document warned that “new public transport, cycling and walking infrastructure is vital to tackling urban congestion and promoting healthy growth.”
Cycling UK policy director Roger Geffen told BikeBiz: ”The National Infrastructure Commission rightly calls for more investment in high-quality cycle networks. Investing in more monster motorways would only worsen the congestion and pollution which is throttling our towns and cities. Instead we need a massive shift of transport funding priorities towards simple local solutions.