Traffic congestion on UK roads is costing businesses about £20bn a year in lost productivity by staff arriving late for work or meetings.
The number of cars on UK roads has risen by 70% between 1982 and 2003, according to the Institution of Civil Engineers.
This has put more pressure on an already creaking transport infrastructure, the survey said.
The institution is calling on the government to increase funding for transport.
The report calls for greater investment in quality bus stations, taxi ranks and railway stations to create a “totally integrated transport system that people will want to use”.