Social attitude is the biggest hurdle to making our Strategic Road Network cleaner, greener and leaner
Matt Tooby, Client Director, Highways, Atkins
There’s a mismatch at the heart of Britain’s decarbonisation strategy. On the one hand, the UK has committed to a Net Zero target by 2050; on the other hand, traffic growth on Britain’s Strategic Road Network (SRN) is forecast to grow by as much as 59% by 2050 alongside continuing investment in new significant road projects.
Our transport network, vital to economic prosperity and social connectivity, is also a major contributor to pollution, congestion and carbon dioxide emissions. The transport sector is the largest contributor to UK greenhouse gas emissions and road-vehicles contribute the vast amount of these emissions via their tailpipes.
Given that the UK’s target of being carbon Net Zero by 2050 is legally binding, and that dependence on the SRN is likely to increase, it is essential that we drastically improve its sustainability.