Traffic congestion could cost UK £300bn

14/10/2014
Highways Reporters

Traffic congestion could cost the UK economy more than £300 billion over the next 16 years, according to a study.

The study from INRIX and the Centre for Economics and Business Research predicts the annual cost of congestion in the UK will rise 63% by 2030 to £21bn.

Research found that between 2013 and 2030, the total cumulative cost of congestion to the UK economy is estimated to be a staggering £307bn, with the annual cost of congestion set to rise by 63% to £21.4 bn over the same period, mainly as a result of population growth and increasing GDP per capita as the UK economy continues to strengthen.

“This study is a warning of the worsening impact of gridlock on the British economy and on household budgets,” said Matt Simmons, European director, INRIX. “We now know that congestion will continue to have serious consequences for national and city economies, businesses and citizens in the years to come. If we think this problem is bad now, we are in for a terrible shock come 2030.”

In the UK last year, almost 70% of the workforce commuted to work by car during peak times, with the average British driver spending 124 hours stuck in gridlock annually, and this is set to rise to 136 hours in 2030, equivalent to 18 working days a year. This has both a direct and indirect economic impact on car commuting households. Direct costs relate to the value of fuel and the time wasted rather than being productive at work, and indirect costs relate to higher freighting and business fees from company vehicles idling in traffic, which are passed on as additional costs to household bills.

Due to the expected strengthening of the British economy and the continuing rise of population growth in the UK’s largest cities, the findings from this study anticipate a significant increase in the demand for road travel across the country over the next 16 years, which in-turn will increase congestion and its associated economic costs year-on-year. The key drivers of the demand for road travel in the UK are population growth, GDP per capita growth, changes to the cost of motoring and car ownership.

Matt Simmons adds: “Ultimately cities need to be more innovative in their approach to tackling gridlock. Improving public transport infrastructure may provide more choice for travellers, but it won’t solve the problem. Technology innovations such as multi-modal routing and real-time traffic in cars and on mobile devices should be adopted more widely, helping to create smarter cities worldwide.”

For a copy of the full study visit www.INRIX.com.

Latest Issue

latest magazine issue

INSIDE:

  • COP26: The sector reacts
  • Road pricing: Putting the theory into practice
View the latest issue


Highways jobs

Senior Engineer- Highways

£23,080- £30,451
Our Highways Service is growing to reflect the increase in investment. Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
Recruiter: Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Environmental Data Officer

£26,592
In this role you will collect, maintain and manage high quality energy and environmental data, and providing... Camden, London (Greater)
Recruiter: Camden London Borough Council

Senior Engineer - Highways Asset Maintenance

£39,854 to £43,741 (Pay Award Pending)
There’s never been a more exciting time to join Doncaster Council. Doncaster, South Yorkshire
Recruiter: Doncaster Council

Director of Environmental & Community Services

Up to £90,096 per annum
We seek an energetic and committed Director who has the right motivations and values; someone who is... Long Eaton, Nottingham
Recruiter: Erewash Borough Council

Transport Infrastructure Commissioning Officer

£30,451 to £34,728 per annum
We have a great opportunity in Somerset to join our Highways and Transport Service. Taunton, Somerset
Recruiter: Somerset County Council

Team Manager Band 3 – Environment Strategy & Change

£46,845 - £48,849 per annum
This is the perfect time to join St Helens and become part of our exhilarating journey and help build our legacy for the future. St Helens, Merseyside
Recruiter: St. Helens Metropolitan Borough Council

Noise and Nuisance Officer

£32,301 - £35,949 per annum
To be successful in the Noise and Nuisance Team you will need a genuine commitment to... Kensington and Chelsea, London (Greater)
Recruiter: The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council

Team Manager Band 3 - Fleet, Depot & Security

£46,845 - £48,849 per annum
This is the perfect time to join St Helens and become part of our exhilarating journey and help build our legacy for the future. St Helens, Merseyside
Recruiter: St. Helens Metropolitan Borough Council

Minibus Driver

Hourly rate
North Yorkshire County Council
Recruiter: North Yorkshire County Council

Minibus Driver

Hourly rate
North Yorkshire County Council
Recruiter: North Yorkshire County Council

Minibus Driver

Hourly rate
North Yorkshire County Council
Recruiter: North Yorkshire County Council

Minibus Driver

Hourly rate
North Yorkshire County Council
Recruiter: North Yorkshire County Council

Minibus Driver

Hourly rate
North Yorkshire County Council
Recruiter: North Yorkshire County Council

Asset Manager

£42,821 - £46,845 per annum
The Highway Asset Manager is responsible for the strategic management of all the council’s highway assets... Blackburn, Lancashire
Recruiter: Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

Digital Evidence Officer

£25.137 - £26.520
The Digital Evidence (CCTV) Team are responsible for improving community safety outcomes throughout the Royal Borough of Greenwich by... Greenwich, London (Greater)
Recruiter: Royal Borough of Greenwich

Guaranteed Relief Cleaners North and South Kirklees Area

£9.25 per hour
Some of the key features and benefits of being part of the Kirklees Cleaning Service include... Kirklees, West Yorkshire
Recruiter: Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Group Engineer - Safety Design

£40,876 - £45,859
We are looking for an experienced engineer to join our Highways Safety Design team. Kirklees, West Yorkshire
Recruiter: Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Group Engineer - Highways Network Management

£40,876 - £45,859
Are you experienced engineer looking for an opportunity to improve the lives of the local people of our towns and village centres? Kirklees, West Yorkshire
Recruiter: Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Energy and Sustainability Officer

£37.722 - £40.869
The role will be key to successful progress of the Carbon Neutral Plan and setting the borough on the path to reaching the net zero target.  Greenwich, London (Greater)
Recruiter: Royal Borough of Greenwich

Transport Development Team Leader

£53,018 - £59,964 per annum + Staff Benefits
We're looking for an experienced and innovative engineer. Woking, Surrey
Recruiter: Surrey County Council

Highways Presents

 

Highways on Fridays

Register now!

Latest Video