Britain’s traffic set to soar by 30% thanks to enormous rise in vans on the road delivering online shopping

TRAFFIC on Britain’s jam-packed roads is expected to soar by nearly 30 per cent in the next 20 years – fuelled by a huge rise in VANS.

The online shopping boom was yesterday predicted by the Department of Transport to see the miles driven by lights good vehicles soar between now and 2040.

 The number of vans on the road is set to increase


The number of vans on the road is set to increase

Official figures revealed Brits drove 327.1BILLION miles in 2017 – a new all-time high. The number of miles clocked up by vans on the roads – 50.5billion – is up almost 70 per cent on 1997.

Car use also rose to a new record level despite sky-high petrol prices given the chaos on the railways and councils cutting bus services.

A 30 per cent rise would take total miles in 2040 to 425.1billion.

Motoring campaigners urged the Government to invest in the road network – or see Brits locked in ever longer traffic jams.

 The amount of traffic on the roads continues to rise


The amount of traffic on the roads continues to rise

Jack Cousens, head of roads policy for the AA, stormed: “The huge rise in van traffic shows a change in consumer habits with the steady rise of online shopping – as well as more people turning to self-employment.

“But car use also shows no sign of slowing down any time soon, so more investment is needed to tackle the problem.

“Potholes on the roads are a national disgrace and a key contributor to congestion levels. The Government most get a grip.”

Howard Cox, co-founder of FairFuel UK said: “A growing population, internet delivery and poor public transport means more people are driving.

“Time to scrap HS2 and put the vanity cash where it’s needed – into roads and public transport to benefit the whole of the UK.”

The 327billion miles clocked up on Britain’s roads included record levels on the motorways – nearly 70 billion miles. Traffic on rural ‘A’ roads is also up 10 per cent on a decade ago.

A report earlier this year found that Britain was the world’s 10th most congested country.

UK drivers wasted an average of 31 hours in rush-hour traffic in 2017, costing each motoring £1,168, a study by traffic data firm Inrix said.

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