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UK traffic growth reaches 10-year high

Ten traffic growth hotspots – where traffic has grown fastest in the UK over the past 10 years – were this week listed by the Campaign for Better Transport (CfBT).
The group, formerly known as Transport 2000, listed Doncaster in Yorkshire (up 29%), South Gloucestershire (up 27%) and North Somerset (up 25%) as
the three places where traffic has risen the most.
“We can’t go on like this,” said CfBT executive director Stephen Joseph.
“Traffic is destroying
our communities, our health and our environment. The government must stop catering for all this traffic and, instead, give people and businesses good alternatives to driving.”
Joseph pledged that the CfBT would continue its long-standing role – the role pioneered at Transport 2000 – of coming up with practical solutions to transport problems.
CfBT warned that under government predictions, traffic levels would increase by a further 25% by 2025, and it urged the government to put in place its six-point plan to tackle congestion (see box).
However, AA head of roads policy Paul Watters told NCE that it was not overly concerned by the figures because, he said, the traffic increases were mainly in areas with “large rural hinterlands”, rather than in urban city centres that could not cope with further increases in traffic volume.
“These figures signify economic prosperity and growth in these areas, Watters said. “The top 10
areas have been historically poorer areas with large rural hinterlands that suffer from poor public
transport links.”

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