Losing our way on the roadmap of Britain | Letters
Simon Jenkins argues that, since the Department for Transport predicts traffic growth, we should increase road capacity and efficiency (Stop obsessing about planes and trains. Use roads better, 20 October). But the DfT has long over-predicted traffic expansion, and these inaccurate predictions have been used to justify massive investment in road-building schemes over the past few decades, which in turn have attracted more and more cars on to the roads. This is called “predict and provide”.
Britain is now in a position where most urban journeys made by car are less than five miles. These journeys could easily be made on bicycle or by foot. But people are too afraid.
Source: Guardian Transport
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