Sitting in a traffic jam on the M25 is my vision of hell. Unfortunately, I am driven to the depths of despair all to often as I have to regular use that infernal road. Why? I ask myself, why is driving in Britain such misery?
I thought some road usage statistics would be a good place to answer that question. Since 1993, the number of kilometres driven on UK roads has increased by almost 25 percent. During that period, I am fairly sure that we haven't built 25 percent more road capacity.
It would appear the answer is obvious; more driving but no extra roads; it follows that the roads are becoming more congested.
Who is doing all this extra driving. Again, according to the numbers, both private and heavy goods vehicles have increased their road usage by around 20 percent compared to 1993. Light vans are now driving 68 percent more kilometres .
Yes, it is the man in the white van who is responsible for blocking up our roads. Today, light vans drive one in eight kilometres on UK roads. However, identifying the villian was the easy part. Providing an answer to our horrendous traffic evades me.