B1345 - Pedestrianised Urban Zones Bill Watch
A bill having no impact because the HGVs in the city centres are making deliveries to shops; these would be exempt under this bill. HGVs do not pass through cities because the traffic, longer journey times, and stop-start driving style increases fuel use and time spent making journeys. To avoid the cities HGVs use ring roads around a city to prevent traffic, for example, the M25 circling London. The proportion of HGVs taken off the roads by this bill will be minimal making the bill a waste, if pedestrianised areas in cities are to be expanded the bill should extend to all cars to make cities big areas where visitors can walk freely in a safe environment. Pedestrianised cities works well in other European cities and in cities in Britain where it has taken place.
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At the other extreme we have street that may have several lanes each way for traffic and a wide footpath such that there is ample room for both road and foot traffic, somewhere like Milton Keynes. Further in the case of Milton Keynes you'll find that the city centre shopping is not on a street but in a large shopping centres with dedicated parking and as such pedestrianising the area would be of no tangible benefit which is to be expected given the design specifically had the car in mind with most of the city being serviced by dual carriageways until you get into the housing estates. In fact in the case of Milton Keynes pedestrianising it would be detrimental because it makes access less convenient and as such would more than likely drive people away.
I don't think it will increase traffic as cars don't tend to use narrow streets as throughfares. I actually think that this bill would reduce traffic, as it could discourage people from driving and encourage the use of public transport instead.
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