CBI calls for change to working patterns to counter gridlock
In a new report called "Tackling congestion, driving growth – A new approach to roads policy", the organisation argues that time and money wasted on Britain's congested roads can be saved, and makes a series of suggestions about how government and business can address the issue.
The CBI says that simply building more roads will not solve the problem. Instead, an overhaul of the way we work is needed. More companies should adopt more flexible patterns of work to break out of the usual "9 to 5" routine.
It also says that firms should look at encouraging commuters making similar journeys to take turns driving and share lifts or even provide a commuter coach service, while the Government should introduce shared occupancy motorway lanes.
The Government should also deliver on its promise of giving all homes and businesses access to broadband by 2012, enabiing people to work from home.
Finally, the CBI report makes various recommendations on infrastructure and investment, including that road investment should focus on congestion pinchpoints, that geater use of private investment would help deliver road improvements, and that road pricing should be considered for building new roads or extra lanes.
John Cridland, the CBI's deputy director-general, said: 'Now is the time for fresh thinking on the roads. We need a radical overhaul of how we travel and manage our road system if we are to do more than simply tinker at the edges. Merely slowing the endless rise in congestion is not enough. The CBI would like to see policymakers put the same amount of energy and vision into roads as they are doing on high-speed rail.'