As you drive in Cardiff every
morning, it's a complete logger jam on Newport road. Everyone
seems to be coming to Cardiff from all sides and amazingly
everyone seems to be going towards the city centre. All of
them intend to park around the city centre. Try coming to
Cardiff on a sunny weekend - its horrific. Amazingly it's
predicted a 3% annual rise in traffic coming to Cardiff .
According to a survey, commuters spend half their time being
stuck in traffic than actually driving.
The council has tightened its nozzle on traffic recently
around the city centre. Many free parking has been converted
to one hour limits and several 5 hour voucher parking limits
converted to 2 hours. There has been an increase in hike
at the toll bridge surpassing the 5 pound mark.
consideration that public transport is not cheap it's not
an option for many to hop on the bus every morning. Several
sites have been acquired by the council to expand the park
and ride schemes. Llanrumney and Coryton are two such sites
were "park and rides" are being developed. Park
and rides at County Hall, Companies House and Cardiff Bay
are already serving weekend shoppers while the ones at Ocean
Park and Leckwith for special events.
This is a good system
but people have to be encouraged to park their cars outside
the city. This will not only reduce traffic and congestion
on major roads to Cardiff , it will keep heavy traffic away,
keep essential traffic flowing and reduce pollution.