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More roads not the answer in fight against traffic congestion, say campaigners

14 April 2016

Campaign for Better Transport responds to new Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) statistics which show that over three million vehicles were registered for the first time in 2015, an increase of eight per cent on the previous year.   

Bridget Fox, Sustainable Transport Campaigner, Campaign for Better Transport, said:

“The growing number of vehicles being registered reflects the worrying levels of car dependency in the UK and the congestion and pollution this causes. We cannot build our way out of congestion and more roads will only lead to more traffic with a knock on effect on our environment. Instead, we need action from Government to invest in better public transport, walking and cycling routes and get more freight traffic off our roads and onto rail. That will give people real choice in how they travel, and liberate communities from the damaging effects of ever growing traffic levels.”


For further information please contact Richard Watkins, Press Officer, at Campaign for Better Transport on 020 7566 6494 / 07984 773468  richard.watkins@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes to editors

  1. Read the DVLA statistics relating to licensed vehicles and new vehicle registrations for 2015 here - Vehicle Licensing Statistics: Quarter 4 (Oct - Dec) 2015
  1. Since the end of 2012, the number of licensed vehicles has increased by an average of 650,000 a year.
  1. Read about Campaign for Better Transport’s road campaigning work here - Evidence shows that new roads create new traffic 
  1. Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).