Why Build?

WHY BUILD THE ROAD WHEN TRAFFIC LEVELS ARE DECREASING?

There is also overwhelming evidence that car usage in this country has been falling steadily since 2007, yet Stockport Council makes the contradictory and unfounded claim that traffic will get significantly worse in the future.

In actual fact, traffic levels are decreasing, and not just because of a downturn in economic activity. Even the Greater Manchester Local Transport Plan admits that ‘the number of morning peak car journeys into Manchester city centre has reduced by 15% over the last ten years.’ (Evidence).

Increased use of public transport, more home working, video conferencing, the evolution of the smart phone and the ability to communicate from anywhere to anywhere has led to years of falling traffic volumes, suggesting that car use has passed its peak and may have entered a long era of decline, a growing body of officials from the Department for Transport and London’s City Hall believe.

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/public/cyclesafety/article3591103.ece

http://www.bettertransport.org.uk/blogs/roads/170412-phil-goodwin-ltt

http://www.economist.com/node/21563280

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