The Need for Action - Cardiff Car Control
Car travel has brought huge
benefits, but it has come at a cost to our quality of life,
our health, our environment and local businesses.
People find it difficult to get to work, the shops and
other facilities, particularly by public transport. There are
too many accidents on Cardiff 's roads and many people suffer
from transport-related health problems, such as asthma and
Our priorities for transport in Cardiff are:
- Tackling traffic growth
and congestion - traffic is forecast to grow by 7% - 10%
over the next 5 years. This is higher than the average for
Great Britain .
- Safer roads - there were 1,634 road casualties in Cardiff
in 2003, including 12 fatalities
- Better air quality - transport pollution is seriously
harming Cardiff's air quality and people's health
- Improving access to jobs and services - 30% of households
in Cardiff do not have access to a car
- Better heath - 60% of men and 70% of women are so physically
inactive that they risk obesity, diabetes, coronary heart
disease or stroke
If we do nothing, the problems will only
get worse. But together we can take steps to reduce congestion
and make Cardiff healthier, safer and more accessible for
everyone. There are some tough choices to be made. Encouraging
motorists to car share or to switch from their cars to using
public transport, walking or cycling for some journeys is
the key to solving Cardiff 's transport problems.
Doing nothing is not an option. Given the long-term nature
of transport planning we recognise that we must act now before
it is too late.
Congestion is Cardiff 's No 1 transport
problem. Cardiff has experienced a rapid growth in traffic
that is causing gridlock in some parts of the city, holding
up cars, buses and deliveries.
We are at a point where small changes
in traffic cause major congestion problems, at junctions
and on main roads into the city centre. Added to this, road
traffic in Cardiff is predicted to carry on increasing at
worrying levels meaning that getting around by car will only
get harder in the future.
Many factors have contributed towards traffic growth in Cardiff including rises
in travel demand, car ownership, numbers of drivers, economic activity and
Cardiff 's rising population and visitor numbers. Reduced car occupancy and
the increased spread of new development can also contribute to the problem.
Car use has also increased as disposable income has risen against a background
of a fall in the cost of motoring compared with rising costs of public transport.
The main cause of congestion is the choices people make about where and when
they use their cars to travel. Other causes include lack of spare capacity
on roads at junctions and interchanges and illegally parked vehicles blocking
Congestion is everyone's problem. Growing traffic and congestion
delays and traffic jams that will spread over longer periods each day and onto
more roads in Cardiff
slow, unreliable, late and frustrating journeys as all road users, including
buses, get stuck in traffic
delays to emergency services vehicles, as vehicles get stuck in traffic and
are unable to move freely
threats to Cardiff's businesses through the cost of lost time as people and
deliveries are caught in traffic
more pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, harming people's health and the
threats to road safety and quality of life, with more cars on the road, increasing
noise from traffic and people rat running' through residential streets.
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