SWIFTER ROAD IMPROVEMENTS TO BENEFIT FLEETS
An announcement from the Department for Transport, that several major road improvement projects are to be completed twice as quickly as had been planned, has been greeted with cautious enthusiasm by drivers and fleet owners.
In a statement delivered by the transport secretary, Patrick McLoughlin, it was revealed that all of the schemes in question will now be completed ahead of schedule, creating improved vehicle capacity on the UK's roads from the spring of 2015 that should allow for vital commercial journeys in new Ford vans and other models to be undertaken in much less time.
The somewhat surprising announcement that vital lane adding work on the M3, M6 and M1 roads will now be completed within the current spending review period, rather than the subsequent one, as had been planned, is being seen as an indication of the Department's ambition to reduce the levels of congestion which it believes is hampering the economy.
The speeding up of this works programme is a result of recent research carried out by both the DfT and the Highways Agency, and has led to a commitment of investing £75 million for this purpose sooner than had been anticipated. The research found that capacity increasing measures such as introducing more variable speed limits and converting hard shoulders into additional lanes can now be done in just a fortnight each, rather than the four weeks that was previously the benchmark.
Light commercial vehicles, such as the Ford Transit van , have a hugely important role to play when it comes to keeping Britain on the move, in terms of the transport they provide and the professional services of their drivers, and any shortcomings in road capacity has the potential to limit the efficiency and profitability of these services; it is hoped, therefore, that the DfT will make good on their word and do all they can to ensure their new improvement targets are met within the timeframe that has now been laid out.