UK transport policy to lock in ever-increasing car use, says MP led think tank – Cycle Industry News
23 June, 2021
Analysis of Government transport policy and available data by think tank the Institute for Public Policy Research has concluded that an 11% rise in car traffic is likely between now and 2050, equating to 10 million more cars on British roads at a time when congestion is rising rapidly beyond pre-pandemic levels.
“Shifting to electric vehicles isn’t enough,” starts the guidance from the researchers who outline that “the average car is parked 96% of the time”, something that it stresses is an inefficient use of land.
Aside from adding a tenth of the volume to traffic, actual ownership rates would jump by 28%, equating to 43.6 million additional (largely electric) cars manufactured. This, says the IPPR, poses serious questions about the resources required to build the vehicles, as well as the associated infrastructure demands of large vehicles.