Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Stagger Commuter Times to Keep Traffic Flowing

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Stagger Commuter Times to Keep Traffic Flowing

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Byline: Christopher Knox

RADICAL changes to the way staff work and commute are needed to avoid future gridlock on the roads, the CBI has said.

A "staggered" commute, car-sharing and working from home would all help ease congestion, the CBI said.

The business organisation also called for more American-style yellow school buses to cut school-run congestion.

In a report, the CBI said road investment should focus on congestion pinchpoints, while there should be greater use of private investment to help deliver road improvements.

The report also said that road pricing should be considered if new roads are built, while tolls on new lanes on motorways and A-roads might also help prevent congestion building up again.

A CBI survey shows 80% of companies see roads as being "vital"to their business, and 96% of companies want to see fresh thinking from an incoming Government and a willingness to tackle rush-hour congestion as a matter of priority. …

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