The long road to Beijing

You might have read about the huge traffic jam along a highway leading into Beijing – at one point over 100km long and lasting for 11 days. With the growth of the middle class and the subsequent increase in demand for energy and other goods there is huge pressure on the country’s infrastructure – in 2010 China has budgeted $11.8bn for transport infrastructure. However as the Chinese economy grows and the new motoring class emerges is this a sign of the future – more massive traffic jams. The major concern here is that in recent years rising vehicle ownership has outpaced the growth of China’s express highway – see graphic below from The Economist

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