§ Mr. Robert Hughes
asked the Secretary of State for Transport what estimates he has of the costs of road congestion to the state and to the community as a whole.
§ Mr. Moore
There are no estimates of the costs of road congestion in general terms of the type requested. Estimates of the cost to road users of delays to traffic are generally made only in the context of specific proposals which will affect traffic conditions. Such proposals include road improvement schemes and arrangements during major maintenance. For proposed trunk road and motorway schemes, estimates are therefore made of the benefits from faster and safer journeys compared with conditions which would have existed had the improvement not been built.