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We can’t go on with our car obsession

PUBLISHED: 13:56 03 May 2018

There are more than 37 million licensed vehicles on our roads - how long before we come to a complete gridlock?

There are more than 37 million licensed vehicles on our roads - how long before we come to a complete gridlock?

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Car ownership can’t keep on increasing - for all our sakes, says Rachel Moore.

How much productivity is lost to the UK every day because of the volume of traffic on the roads?

Heavy traffic and accidents make me late to work and home more than I’m on time.

Three times in a week recently and already once this week, huge delays have happened because a crash has closed the Acle Straight forcing vehicles to turn around, clogging other routes.

My friend regularly takes more than an hour to go a few miles in and around Cambridge.

It’s no surprise when three or four cars are parked outside one house.

A record 37.7 million vehicles were licensed for use in Britain last year- 50 per cent than in the mid-1990s, heaping pressure on the network.

About 34 per cent of households have two or more cars, more than double the rate in the mid-1980s.

Fewer people dare to rely on public transport because it’s so unreliable – and buses are stuck in the traffic anyway.

If car ownership continues to increase at the same rate industry will grind to a standstill.


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