Select Committee on Transport, Local Government and the Regions Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence

Memorandum by Crewe and Nantwich Local Agenda 21 Group (RTS 02)


  We welcome this inquiry, assuming positive measures will result to reduce road danger caused by inappropriate speed.

  Particular comments are:

    1.  It is not only inappropriate speed causing danger, but the rate of acceleration of vehicles, particularly large engine cars. This point should be addressed in the inquiry.

    2.  A huge effort is made by, essentially, volunteers in trying to redress the imbalance in transport by promoting alternatives to the car for short journeys. This, along with the production of Government Strategies and targets is all wasted effort until the question of inappropriate speed is tackled in a firm manner.

    3.  The main highway network is so congested now in lowland Britain that the Highway Code is largely ignored in favour of drive-as-fast-as-you-can-between-traffic-jams approach. This again will get worse until alternatives are seen as attractive.

    4.  Traffic congestion—impatience—aggressive driving all lead to selfish behaviour. We need a calmer environment on the roads with far less emphasis from car manufacturers and road builders on speed.

    5.  The car industry should pay to "calm" vehicles through new technology. The public purse cannot afford to implement all the traffic calming schemes required by the public.

Peter Foster

On behalf of LA21 Transport Group

Crew and Nantwich Borough

12 December 2001

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