MiX Telematics gauges industry reaction to the Government's £1.5bn road building announcement
The key findings of the survey are:
- No respondents believe the £1.5bn announced is entirely new money – two thirds believe it contains some funds previously committed and a third believe it is simply a re-announcement of old news.
- The majority of respondents believe that only half the money, at best, will actually end up being spent on roads
- The majority believe the programme will take up to ten years complete
- Most believe the majority of any money spent will go on improving motorways
- In a question which garnered a 50-50 response, the jury is out as to whether or not the programme will actually reduce congestion
- The M25 is voted Britain's worst road and therefore needs money spending on it most urgently
When asked, "If you controlled the road building budget, how would you spend it?", survey respondents shared a broad spectrum of views ranging from road re-surfacing to the introduction of a 'pay-as-you-go' road user tax. In order to speed up repairs while keeping traffic flowing, it was suggested that day time working restrictions in road works should be lifted whilst making construction companies accountable for delays.