Analysis: Congestion costs society 30 billion annually

Commuters, travelers and business waste, according to the DI more and more time stuck in traffic. In 2017, the cost of congestion on the roads and in public t

Analysis: Congestion costs society 30 billion annually

Commuters, travelers and business waste, according to the DI more and more time stuck in traffic.

In 2017, the cost of congestion on the roads and in public transport society of almost 25 billion dollars. Today, the loss has grown to over 30 billion dollars, shows an analysis from the Danish Industry, DI.

It writes Jyllands-Posten.

- the Analysis shows that we are lagging behind with investment in infrastructure, believes the director Michael Swan from DI Transport.

He points out that roads sander, and that both commuters, business and leisure travellers are wasting more and more time - and money - in traffic.

Michael Swan recognises that not only can fix all the problems in the traffic by building more roads and highways.

- However, the analysis calls on an investment plan, and this is a cry for help and a call for politicians to put themselves to the negotiating table and get made an investment plan for the infrastructure. The current plan expires in 2020, and the congestion is no longer just a phenomenon in the Copenhagen and the capital city, said Michael Svane of the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten.

He points to problems in the Tricity, on the E45 up through Jutland, just as there are problems in parts of the funen motorway - even if one has developed the E45 motorway from Aarhus to Skanderborg and a bit of motorway across Funen.

It is two years ago, to DI eventually made an analysis of the costs of congestion.

Then it turned a societal loss of 20 billion kroner for the congestion on the roads. Ago, there has been calculated the societal loss as a result of delays in the buses and trains to at least $ 4.5 billion per year. A total of almost 25 billion dollars.

Transport minister Benny Engelbrecht (S) welcomes the analysis welcome.

- It is useful that they are doing this kind of analysis, because it provides a good picture of things. And because it is a good starting point, when next year we have started to make a green investment plan, which must include both roads, public transport and cyclists, says Benny Engelbrecht to the newspaper.

/ritzau/

Updated Date: 22 December 2019, 13:00

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