30 Jul '13, 8am

We live in a government age beyond evidence and numbers where the only mantra is car car car

Continued decreases in road travel leave Government policy exposed 30 July 2013 Immediate release Government forecasts of huge traffic growth, used to justify a £28bn programme of new roads, have been undermined today by official statistics showing travel by road continues to fall (1). The 2012 National Travel Survey (NTS) reveals that the distance travelled by car drivers is down 7% since 1997. Yet government forecasts claim that car traffic in England alone will jump by 23% in the next twelve years compared to 2010 figures (2). The NTS shows a continued and marked divergence between actual travel patterns and the Department for Transport projections based on their computer model. Where the NTS shows downward or static trends in behaviour, the projections used by the DfT to set policy have been inaccurate in repeatedly predicting high traffic growth (see notes and tables)...

Full article: http://www.bettertransport.org.uk/media/30-07-2013-nts-2012

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