UK will grind to halt without new roads

October 14, 2007

Thousands of miles of new roads will have to be built by the government to cope with the effects of bottlenecks, population growth and ambitious new housebuilding targets, an authoritative study has concluded.

Much of the demand for expansion will be in the South East of England, and there will be a need for ‘significant’ roadbuilding in the Midlands and East Anglia, says the report for the RAC Foundation, which is due to be published at the beginning of next month. The key findings, confirmed to The Observer, will alarm the countryside and environmental lobbies, as well as transport policy reform activists.

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