Traffic and Transport

"It makes you wonder how much worse it can get before everything absolutely grinds to a halt through incompetence!"

Poor logistic management of schools and other facilities as well as over populating built up areas has contributed greatly to the congestion and pollution problems we are now facing and the fact that people cannot efficiently go about their business. However, this is not the whole story because a very large part of the problem has been caused and compounded by poor, ill-understood, badly motivated inefficient traffic scheming, lack of common sense and local authority incompetence, spending billions of pounds of taxpayers' money, but making life more impossible on the road!

"In the U.K., car travel is the single biggest contributor to our CO2 emissions!"

Disruptive Crusade: The above is a quote from an official government TV advert, but nevertheless, up and down the country, very substantial amounts of public money are used every year implementing traffic schemes that are less efficient than the ones they replace. As well as being somewhat inconvenient, such traffic schemes cause more congestion, force traffic to stop and start unnecessarily, and prevent traffic from going directly where it needs to go, they are therefore GREEN UNFRIENDLY! Why is this happening? Well, there are few theories, ranging from the conspiracy against the car driver to downright incompetence. Whatever the case, millions of pounds are wasted on schemes that make life more difficult for the people footing the bill. Inefficient traffic scheming is also costing the country millions of pounds in wasted time, vehicle wear and tear and wasted fuel. It also increases everybody's carbon footprint and therefore pollution! However, at the moment, we are waiting for the pennies to drop with our local authorities, who have been on a disruptive crusade for many years, ruining the efficiency and quality of our road systems and our motoring, leaving us frustrated, stuck in traffic and coughing out fumes!

Costing Us All: August 2015 and it has just been announced that London is officially the most congested city in Europe with the capital's drivers spending an average of 96 hours stuck in traffic the previous year. The equivalent of more than ten whole working days. Across the UK drivers lost an average of 30 hours stuck in traffic in 2014. Three and a half working days for each of us. How much does this cost us individually and how much does it cost the economy? And yet our local authorities are still wasting inordinate amounts of money putting in traffic schemes that make matters worse rather than improving them! On top of this, logistic management is poor and housing density is still being increased in already overpopulated areas at the expense of recreational grounds and other facilities. Something needs to change! You can't just keep filling up an area with people, and not provide for them or enable them to go about their business. Our local authorities must begin see the light and understand the error of these simplistic ways. But how long will this take and how much damage will be done in the meantime?

Most Congested: November 2016 and a study of more than one hundred cities has exposed Britain's roads as being the most congested in Europe with London topping the league table. The traffic data company, Inrix, reports that Britain has more than 20,000 traffic hotspots, well over double the number in Germany and more than ten times the number in France. London tops the league table with over 12,000 each year. (Info BBC Breakfast 30/11/2016)

Poorly Evaluated: It is a fact that much of the congestion we face today is caused by poorly evaluated, inefficient traffic management and logistic planning. Many of today's traffic schemes are ruining the quality of our roads and our ability to efficiently go about our business. What the authorities do not seem to take into account as they implement more and more inefficient traffic lights and green unfriendly schemes that impede traffic and interfere with the natural flow, is that people cannot get on and off the road as quickly as they should be able to. This leads to a significant, otherwise unnecessary, increase in pollution, pollution related illnesses and also increases stress levels. Conditions that are killing people. It also wastes inordinate amounts of people's time and money. Poorer health, wasted hours and a bigger bill! Things that none of us can really afford!

More Efficient! Not to mention stress from the sheer frustration of trying to operate in such a poorly managed society, air pollution is currently the biggest killer after cancer, obesity and heart disease and road traffic is currently the biggest polluter! Vehicle technology will change and get cleaner as we evolve. However, it isn't all about forcing people not to use their cars! A massive part of it is about making life, logistics, and our roads, more efficient!

Local Issues - Bexley Council
Traffic and Transport Issues relevant to the London Borough of Bexley and the surrounding area.

Local Issues - Transport for London
Traffic and Transport Issues relevant to Transport for London, including the London Congestion charge, the London low emission zone and the Dartford to Falconwood A2 remodelling scheme with revised 24/7 50mph speed limit.

Traffic Scheme Analysis Programme
A series of enquiries aimed at getting some explanation from the authorities as to why certain traffic schemes that the public find disagreeable and nonsensical have been implemented. We look at some of the reasoning behind the implementation of the various schemes and the cost involved and whether it can be seen to be justified.

Is Your Local Authority Causing Congestion?
You will often hear people say that congestion is due to the fact that there are too many cars on the road. But are the authorities making matters worse with their policies and strategies? What exactly are the facts?

Relieving Traffic Problems
Local authorities have obliviously, and sometimes even deliberately, it seems, created many of the traffic problems we see on our roads today. The reason we cannot go about our business expediently and efficiently is all too often simply due to bad traffic management and logistical planning. What can we do to reverse the trend?

Consideration For The Motorist
Is the majority taxpayer being disregarded walked all over by inconsiderate people in our local authorities? Are the local authorities giving the motorist the consideration they should? What do you think?

Current Traffic Calming Policy
Current traffic calming policy is archaic often poorly evaluated and is causing an array of serious problems of its own. What's wrong with it? Read the facts!

Traffic Scheme Efficiency
Whatever happened to driver initiative? Local authorities have cultivated a society where people are not encouraged or allowed to used their initiative or common sense thereby compounding congestion and pollution.

Pedestrian Crossing Safety and Efficiency
Many people think that pelican crossings are safer but this is not necessarily the case. People are still killed using them. They are also extremely inefficient and green unfriendly. Can we do better with a safer more efficient system?

Give Traffic Lights The Red Light - Lights Out Campaign!
Traffic flows better when the lights are out... Calling for the removal of unnecessary traffic lighting at junctions and on roundabouts and the institution of more driver initiative schemes with independent pedestrian crossing.

Local Authorities Acting Irresponsibly?
With local authorities promoting so many negative factors with their choice of traffic scheme and so many people unhappy about it, it is surely somewhat irresponsible of them when there are far less problematic, far better, solutions on offer?

Bus Lanes
Bus lanes are a bad idea and cause congestion problems. We don't like them and we don't want them! We must stop the buses hogging the road resource and get all the traffic moving. Read the analysis!

Bus Or Car?
Can buses ever outweigh the benefits of using one's own personal transport in the form of the motorcar?

London Congestion Charge - Pricing People Off The Road!
A corrupt and unfair system. Read the reasons why!

London Low Emission Zone - Forcing People Off The Road!
Many people will find the introduction of the LEZ difficult to overcome. Some will inevitably be forced off the road, unable to work with their vehicles. Another corrupt and unfair system penalizing the poorer people in society.

The Creeping Kerbstone
What is going on? Calling for the eradication and removal of appendages and obstacles that force traffic to stop unnecessarily, when the only necessary objective, if there is one, is to slow traffic down.

Road Surfacing
A call for local authorities to stop wasting money on humps and bumps, which mess up the roads, ruin the quality of motoring, and are highly unpopular with the majority of people (after all, there are less archaic, more efficient and more uniform methods of slowing traffic) and do something about potholes and general quality of road surfaces, which in many areas are appalling and sadly under-funded.

Car Park Top Up Ticketing
There have been too many instances of local councils fining people for topping up their car park tickets. People try and do the decent thing and then get penalised. What's it all about? Read the link.

Campaign Against Unscrupulous Carpark Management
Far too many carparks are not being managed for the benefit of the public. We need sensible and trusted parking facilities so that we can effectively go about our business. It should be the responsibility of those we vote into power to ensure that this happens. Unfortunately, we are being dramatically short-changed in many areas and even seriously exploited in others, as unscrupulous local authorities and private companies see the motorists’ parking problems, they themselves have created, as a means of making some easy money.

Covert Cameras And Exploitative Speed Trapping
Many perfectly safe drivers with previously unblemished histories, have been penalized in recent years, even though they have not been driving dangerously. The reason? Sneaky covert cameras, often mobile, in inappropriate and unnecessary locations. Nobody disagrees with the objective of clearly marked, and signposted, speed cameras in accident black spots, however, for the authorities to exploit the principle for the purpose of making money from motorists who are not driving dangerously is simply corrupt.

Junction Interfaces
Analysing the effects of unintelligent controlled traffic signalling systems as opposed to driver initiative schemes such as roundabouts and slow and go junctions. Emphasising the need to make traffic schemes as efficient as possible and recognising the fact that if you can shorten every half hour journey by ten minutes you will instantly have a third less traffic on the road at any one time.

Mini Roundabouts - Councils' Confusing Priorities!
Mini roundabouts work very well in certain places, but over the past few years, we have seen local authorities implementing them in places that are nonsensical and unwarranted in their attempts to implement more 'traffic calming'. The end result is that because they are in illogical locations, motorists find them confusing, giving rise to an increase in accidents and near misses. Mini roundabouts are primarily a junction management system and not a traffic calming measure. Yes, they do have a traffic calming effect, but they should not primarily be used for that alone in locations where a roundabout is not the best junction management solution. It is both dangerous and a waste of public money.

Motoring Infotainment - Necessary? Gimmick? Distraction?
Manufacturers are now incorporating social media facilities with the in car entertainment systems. Such facilities are not actually necessary people already have such facilities on their mobile phones, are they therefore just a gimmick? It is difficult enough getting young people to focus on the job in hand much of time as it is, tempting people to interact with social media when they should be interacting with the road environment is asking for trouble. We have already seen enough accidents and fatalities caused by people using their mobiles, especially when they are texting, a somewhat ridiculous thing to do when driving. However, people have and as a result, others have died. Should we therefore be building such facilities into cars which will encourage people and cause more distraction? The manufacturers, as usual, only think about making money, however, the rest of us should be considering the wider ramifications. When on the road, distraction causes death! Not a good thing!

Accident Fuel Spillage
Diesel fuel spillages cause a lot of problems on our roads today. The clear up operation often results in affected sections having to be completely resurfaced and can result in sections of busy motorway being closed for periods of eight hours or more, while the authorities try and mop up the mess. Is there more that can be done to safeguard the contents of diesel tanks, especially on lorries, who tanks are usually quite exposed on the outside of the vehicle and who carry hundreds of litres of fuel?

Accident Clearance Action Policy
We know the police have an important job to do when there is an accident on the motorway or similar. However, many other people also have important jobs to do. Many people also have appointments to meet, jobs to do, flights to catch, and children to pick up as well as homes to go to. In other words, when roads are closed off for hours on end as the result of an accident, literally thousands of people are greatly and severely inconvenienced. The amount of lost revenue involved when traffic is brought to a standstill for hours on end is also colossal. It should, therefore, be considered vital to clear the scene of an accident enough to get traffic moving again as quickly as possible and we would like to see the relevant authorities putting considerable emphasis on achieving this objective.

Looking at the problems caused by the lack of docking facilities with regard to local shops and amenities, and the lack of suitable docking facilities with schools, so allowing parents to drop off and pick up their children with ease. Campaigning for more parking, easier parking, free parking and less parking restrictions, such as yellow lines. Campaigning also for the automatic right for people to park outside their own house and for the local authorities to drop the ridiculous and annoying attitude that it is not their responsibility to provide enough parking and that if you choose to have a car you should be parking in your garden. Well, not everybody is that privileged. Oh, and by the way, who is it that paints all the yellow lines everywhere?

Pavement Parking
Looking at the problems instituted by the poorly thought out footway parking ban and campaigning for a revised and more practical formula.

Personal Transport
Campaigning for the rights of people to use personal transport efficiently and effectively. Recognising the absolutely vital need for people to be able to use personal transport to meet the demands and requirements of today's modern lifestyle and acknowledging the fact that one could not possibly manage one's affairs and requirements by relying on public transport alone.

Public Transport
One cannot currently even rely on trains for a late night out because they stop running. We would like to see more late-night trains and even trains running throughout the night between London and the suburbs, perhaps one an hour. We would also like to see the reinstatement of conductors on buses so that there is less likelihood of passengers being intimidated and more help on hand if trouble occurs. Also, with conductors taking fares on the move the bus can be on its way more quickly and will not therefore be holding the traffic up any longer than necessary. This used to be affordable. Why isn't it now?

Traffic Calming
The consensus of public opinion is in favour of clearly marked 'non-exploitative' speed cameras in places where necessary as opposed to humps, bumps and kerbstone appendages. There are many disadvantages to the types of scheme currently being implemented by the local authorities. Many people are not in favour of their methods and we are actively campaigning for a more sensible and up-to-date approach to curtailing the speed of the minority speeding motorist.

Open Up Congestion Overflow Routes
In some instances, local authorities have restricted access to and closed roads against the grain of common sense. We would like to see these changes reversed and such roads opened up again so as to allow vehicles to spread out, and when necessary, use certain back roads and short cuts that many local authorities have disabled access to, and so enable a reduction in congestion and travelling times. It makes sense to get people where they need to be as quickly and efficiently as possible and then they're are off the road. If we can shorten everyone's half hour journey by ten minutes we will instantly have a third less traffic on the road.

Pedestrian Crossing
A call to institute modernised pedestrian crossings with the emphasis on driver and pedestrian initiative, and better still, a modernised and clearly indicated form of Zebra Crossing, which again, is far more efficient for both pedestrian and the motorist. You won't see a pedestrian having to wait in the rain at a Zebra Crossing, cars will stop to let you across just like that! But, with a pelican Crossing, if the lights are green, the traffic keeps moving and the pedestrian waits even if it is raining. Also, it will rid the motorist of the problem of having to stop at a crossing when no one is waiting because the person has pressed the button and already crossed.

Abolish Traffic Wardens
A suggestion to abolish traffic wardens (too many of whom are sneaky, petty and over zealous), in favour of putting more policemen on the beat.

Bus Lane Cameras And Motorcycles
Motorcyclists are currently being penalised in the form of a £50.00 fine, if they are caught on camera using the bus lanes. This is a ludicrous situation and, along with many other aspects of today's inept traffic management policies, makes no sense at all - except to the authorities, who just love sucking the money out of people. Motorcyclists should not be being penalised for using bus lanes, they do not get in the way of the buses and do not hold anyone up. It is also safer for the motorcyclist, who, let's face it, is not very well protected compared to a car driver.

Footways For Cyclists And Pedestrians
It is much safer for cyclists to use pavements than roads and in many instances, it can be seen to make much more sense for cyclists and pedestrians to share pavements. Many pavements all over the country are completely devoid of pedestrians for the majority of the time. In instances such as these, at least, it would make sense for cyclists and pedestrians to sensibly share the allocated resource. The protocol would be (as for motor vehicles on the road), for cyclists to observe sensible speed limits, stopping distances, and give priority to pedestrians.

The Dartford Double Crossing
The Dartford Crossing is a major part of the M25, the busiest motorway in Europe. It was originally opened in 1963 as the Dartford Toll Tunnel and the people were promised that it would become a toll-free crossing when paid for. However, the politicians did not stick to their word, they double-crossed the people and the people are still being inconvenienced and charged for the crossing fifty years on. The tolls cause extreme congestion, defeating and countermanding the whole principle of motorway efficiency and of late, it's got even worse with the switchover from manned toll booths to automatic number plate recognition and online charging. A regime giving rise to its own set of problems...

Toll Roads
As with congestion charging, this kind of scheme is unfair and a corrupt system because it favours the rich and penalizes the poor. Also, people already pay massive amounts of road tax and fuel tax, we should not really be squeezed for additional money to pay for what we are already paying for, in the provision and upkeep of our roads. It makes you wonder if the local authorities have cottoned on to the idea that if they cause congestion deliberately with inefficient traffic schemes they can then make more money by charging everybody for the privilege of getting about.

HS 2 - High Speed Rail Link
HS2 has been estimated to cost around 20 billion pounds, a figure which will probably go up substantially. It will inconvenience a lot of people and some will lose their homes. Many people are unhappy about it, but as usual, the public get no say. The end result will shave just 20 minutes off the London to Birmingham rail journey time but the ordinary people who paid for it probably won't be able to afford to use it. Is it worth it? Well, in such austere times isn't it about time the people in charge stopped spending our money without asking us if it's ok and if it's what we want to spend it on?

No To Fining Drivers!
Why are the Government fining drivers for the infiltration of migrants? The drivers have enough to put up with as it is, and the migrants have plenty of tactics that can catch drivers out. It is about time the Government took some responsibility for helping to deal with the problem that they are partly responsible for causing rather than dumping the responsibility on those on the front line, having to put up with all the problems as they try and go about their business.

Abolish Road Tax
Many people feel that it is way past time that the Government abolished the road tax system and put the levy on petrol instead. This means that the more you use the roads the more you pay. The bigger the vehicle you drive the more you pay. The more gas guzzling you do and the more pollution you cause, the more you pay. Fair?

Road Protocol Awareness
A call for the government to run regular adverts on road protocol, showing people how they should indicate when negotiating a roundabout, etc., encouraging people to give way where necessary, and encouraging people to say thank you when someone gives way for them, after all it costs nothing to say thank you and all such things make motoring and negotiating our often congested roads a more pleasurable experience.