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Traffic is other people

October 9, 2019 7:26 AM

A Bradford on Avon town councillor tells a story of how he was walking up Mason's Lane in the town when a passing person who was driving up the road leant out of his car window and shouted, 'Oi, what are you going to do about the traffic?'

And here's a quote from the This is Wiltshire website about the scheme to build a big new road around Chippenham: 'But some back the idea, saying that daily traffic already blights their morning commute.' In other words, 'Other people on the roads get in the way of me on the roads. Take away the other people and I'll have an uninterrupted journey'

Except that's not the way it works. Traffic is like water in a river - it'll take the easiest path available.

If traffic is somehow reduced on one road and journey times improve, people with a choice of routes will then choose to drive that way and congestion will return.

Wiltshire Council has spent millions removing bottlenecks on the A350, only to move the congestion further down the road. Bottles have necks for a reason.

Traffic is other people and other people will do what they want to do, however unreasonable that may be. And, unlike those other people, yours and my journeys are necessary, aren't they. So the authorities need to work harder to get them out of the way so we can drive freely without all that terrible congestion.