One for DCC Councillor Stuart Hughes – in charge of roads and transport.
“If you wonder why you seem to be stuck in a never-ending traffic jam these days, there was an answer last night.
The number of vehicles on our roads has leapt by an astonishing two and a half million in the last five years.
With the UK population hitting 66 million last year and as more of us turn to online shopping, a surge in the number of delivery vans has been blamed for increased gridlock in many town centres.
Last year there were 2,460,900 more vehicles on England’s road when compared with five years ago in 2013 – an increase of 7.7 per cent.
Over the same period, road space increased by just 0.6 per cent, according to the latest figures by the Local Government Association.
This means there are significantly more vehicles per mile of road leading to increased congestion, air pollution and more wear and tear on our roads.
Chancellor Philip Hammond has identified traffic as one of the factors holding back productivity, with people spending too much time travelling and not enough time working. …”