from motorway congestion - Just twelve feet wide, May 18, 2004
An extra lane just 12 feet wide will relieve congestion on our motorways.
Motorways are our trade routes. They carry a fifth of all road traffic
and are also our safest roads.
But parts of them are severely congested, causing disruption to the distribution
of goods and services and the diversion of traffic on to less suitable routes.
The Government is about to agree its long term spending plans for transport
It is already committed to increasing investment in the railways by 48% over
the next five years – a move than business and road users welcome. But
roads carry 64% of all freight and 92% of passenger traffic, and they need
Widening the most congested parts of the M1, M4, M25, M6 and M62 by
an extra lane just 12 feet wide in each direction will increase their
safe capacity by a third and make journeys easier for all of us.
Is this too much to ask in the world’s fourth largest economy?
A group of organisations representing industry and motorists has joined
together to call for investment in the UK’s motorway network ahead
of the forthcoming review of the Ten Year Transport Plan and the Comprehensive
A number of advertisements will appear in the national press from tomorrow
(Tuesday 18 May) and a copy of the first of these advertisements is attached.
Copies of the advertisements are available at fta.co.uk/twelvefeetwide