12 Dec 2014

MiX Telematics gauges industry reaction to the Government's £1.5bn road building announcement

A snap survey conducted by MiX Telematics following the Government's recent £1.5bn road building announcement has found that operators within the transport industry remain unconvinced as to the benefits the programme will ultimately deliver.
"This survey was carried out immediately after the announcement to gauge instant reaction to the news," comments Steve Coffin Marketing & Operations Director for MiX Telematics.  "Although limited in its scope and reach, the findings point to an industry which feel it has heard some, if not all, of this announcement before."
 
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.

Editors note

This survey canvassed the views of more than 500 transport operators over a 48-hour period following the Government's announcement.

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