18 January 2008 | Jake Kanter
Product deliveries will be severely disrupted by the rise in traffic jams on trade routes, an industry body has warned.
The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has also urged the government to increase road capacity in the UK. It follows Liberal Democrat MP Norman Baker's attack on Labour transport policy in Parliament this week, where he revealed a 12 per cent increase in traffic over the past decade.
The FTA fears rising traffic levels will contribute to increased costs and journey times for suppliers. The association made similar concerns three years ago in its Freight Future study, which forecasted increased car use and greater congestion on trade routes.
Geoff Dossetter, external affairs director at the FTA, said in a statement: "The FTA's concern is that growth in car traffic on the key trade routes will severely inhibit supply chain efficiency, increasing costs and reducing service levels. The supply chain delivers almost everything we use or consume every day and the roads network is a fundamental ingredient in making those deliveries work, to the benefit of the whole population."
The FTA welcomed the Department for Transport's plan to review congestion and make changes, but Dossetter insisted action must be taken immediately.