Traffic Reduction

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Council efforts to reduce traffic in the city centre are “well within” targets under national legislation, councillors will hear on Monday (April 21). 

A progress report on the Road Traffic Reduction Act 1997 will be outlined to the city development committee. 

The legislation is in place to ensure that traffic does not increase in the city centre by 25% by 2021 compared to 1996 levels during the morning and evening peak periods. 

A duty is placed on local authorities to set targets in their areas. 

Automatic traffic count sites are located around the centre to monitor levels. 

City development convener Councillor Will Dawson said; “We have promoted a number of sustainable transport options over a long period and this is having a positive impact on people’s travel behaviour. 

“Investment in the infrastructure for buses including the improvement of shelters and the provision of travel information has been a major part of this effort. 

“We will need to maintain this focus for the future to help reduce congestion and to help cut down on emissions.”
 

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