A country in a jam: tackling congestion in our towns and cities

This report identifies congestion as a serious problem for economic development, quality of life and public health. It also identifies the steps that innovative councils have taken to reduce congestion and its impacts. 

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The report also features steps that the Government could take to work with councils to ensure that the traffic growth is both better managed, congestion is reduced and our air quality problems are tackled, including: 

  • long term funding certainty for local authorities such as that enjoyed by Highways England and Network Rail
  • flexibility from Highways England on using its resources on the local network to improve the strategic network
  • an end to competitive bidding for local transport funds, with complete discretion given to authorities to make the best decision based on local need
  • the resources and powers necessary to improve air quality