Select Committee on Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Minutes of Evidence




Bus priority

    —  significant scope for development in larger towns, with traffic restraint measures;

    —  local transport plans to develop and implement coherent and comprehensive policies;

    —  Quality Partnerships and Quality Contracts to secure better bus services.

Traffic calming

    —  scope for development of new designs of traffic calming in, for example, historic cores of some towns, popular countryside destinations and rural lanes; low speed and home zones in residential areas.

Priority routes

    —  cycle route networks;

    —  pedestrian route enhancements;

    —  priority route networks as in London and Edinburgh provide a framework for application of traffic management policies, e.g., bus priority, parking restraint, urban traffic control.

Urban traffic control

    —  early progress possible in local authorities to make fuller use of the best facilities already available;

    —  over time, Government/industry collaboration on new range of modern urban traffic management systems.

Driver information

    —  good signing can help efficient use of the network. It needs to be well-maintained and updated; signing can be made less environmentally intrusive;

    —  new techniques such as automatic incident detection offer the prospect of strategic traffic management control of highway networks;

    —  use of in-vehicle information services likely to grow; route guidance will help reduce unnecessary travel, especially when live traffic information is incorporated.

Vehicle measures

    —  restriction of certain areas to "clean" or "quiet" vehicles.


    —  control of on-street parking to prevent vehicles obstructing traffic and pedestrians;

    —  new types of equipment for controlling on-street parking; electronic meters, pay and display machines operated by magnetic cards, and voucher systems;

    —  parking enforcement by local authorities, penalties used to fund enforcement, scope for more authorities to take up new powers;

    —  parking control, on and off-street, as a component of plans to reduce the amount of travel in and to congested town centres;

    —  parking restraint strategies that include packages of measures to improve access to town centres by public transport and deter through-traffic and a levy on parking at the workplace can substantially reduce the amount of traffic in central areas.

Car Sharing Lanes

    —  High Occupancy Vehicle Lane in Leeds recently opened as part of EU research project, will be monitored for progress and potential elsewhere.

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