Campaign for Better Transport)
Motor vehicle traffic has just reached a record high. Cars in Britain travelled 250 billion miles last year, lorries 17 billion. So are we on a one-way street to ever more tarmac, traffic and air pollution?
We are positive that (while some journeys will always need to be made by car) ever-increasing traffic is NOT inevitable. For instance…
- We have a CHOICE about whether to let longer lorries drive through our towns and cities. The Government is determined to trial these lorries, which are two metres longer than standard HGVs, but do we want them sharing narrow streets with cyclists and pedestrians? If not, let’s ask local authorities which roads are safe for them to use and ban them from the rest with the help of GPS tracking.
So what about the alternative choice? The great news is that – thanks to lobbying from people like you – bold and brilliant choices are being made every day, from last week’s decision to build a rail freight interchange in South East London (who says we need longer lorries?!) to measures in York that have led to a 7% increase in bus usage.
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