Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Adjust Traffic Lights to Battle Congestion

Despite the congestion charge London is still renowned as having traffic problems, problems that are only going to get worse over the coming years.

So what should be done?

The Conservatives believe that the solution lies in adjusting traffic lights as Theresa Villiers, Shadow Transport Minister, has said:

"We will have to look closely at traffic management. The Ken Livingstone way is to actively try to clog up traffic with no commensurate benefit to the pedestrian or cyclist. To tackle congestion we need to look at traffic light re-phasing and getting rid of traffic lights that actually cause congestion."

And they may have a point. Only recently research was done highlighting the benefits of removing traffic lights, suggesting that this would reduce congestion and save lives. Radical thinking but perhaps it's worth a try.