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Fact of the week

There are just over 19' of road, per inhabitant in the United Kingdom. The Netherlands manages 23' and Austria 66'. (figures converted from metric and rounded).

This fact comes care of a German economist from Policy Exchange, who addressed a fringe meeting at Conference on Monday. Heaven only knows what the figure would be for England, let alone London and the South East.

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Blogger Ed said... 2:53 pm

Can't remember where I saw the figure but I think I am right in saying that trunk roads use up less than 1% of our space?  



Blogger Croydonian said... 3:01 pm

That would not suprise me. They are a lot narrower than they appear to be in road atlases.....  



Blogger Ed said... 3:45 pm

Which means that for all the Swampy protests we could double our road capacity at quite a small land cost.  



Blogger flashgordonnz said... 6:45 am

According to (my memory of) the Economist Sreensaver circa 2000, relative population densities in heads per sq km:
Australia 2
New Zealand 12
United States 24
United Kingdom 225

I don't know about you, but that makes MY eyes water.  



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