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UK News Support for low traffic neighbourhoods, less traffic and fixing potholes – poll

14:30  22 october  2020
14:30  22 october  2020 Source:   msn.com

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In fact, if a car were to be damaged by the pothole and the township sued, the township could say in court that they didn’t have the resources to fix it, and would win. Probably the best thing you could do would be to fill the pothole with dirt or roadside debris, as at least that could be considered “natural” fill.

A YouGov poll of 2,000 British adults has revealed that close passes, potholes and large vehicles are the top reasons why more people don’t cycle. Those who do cycle put up with the potholes and dangerous traffic conditions daily and still continue.

People do not want to see new roads in their local areas, instead favouring less traffic, cheaper public transport – and the potholes fixed, a survey suggests.

a car parked on the side of a road: Fewer potholes was the priority backed by nearly half of those in a poll (PA) © Joe Giddens Fewer potholes was the priority backed by nearly half of those in a poll (PA)

And despite sometimes vocal complaints about “low traffic neighbourhoods” which restrict through-traffic in residential streets to make them quieter and safer, the poll found support heavily outweighed opposition to such schemes.

Polling by YouGov for Greenpeace UK quizzed 2,027 British adults over the views on transport in their local area.

It found the majority of people (57%) supported low traffic neighbourhoods, while just 16% opposed them.

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Support Low Traffic Neighbourhoods in Lewisham. We support the creation of Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs), and the use of modal filters to In the long term, these measures will lead to fewer car journeys, reduced traffic congestion and less pollution on Lewisham's residential streets.

Many low traffic neighbourhoods (LTNs) have met with resistance from a vocal minority and some have even been vandalised. Now things are getting really ugly. Hackney councillor Jon Burke today revealed that he had received death threats because of his support for such schemes.

The survey also asked people to choose two options for possible improvements to transport in their local area, out of a list of possible seven.

The improvement that topped the poll was for fewer potholes, backed by nearly half of those quizzed (48%), followed by cheaper bus and train tickets (37%) and less road traffic (34%).

New roads being built came bottom of the menu of options with just 8% support, well below other choices such as more cycle paths (21%) and more buses, at 18% support.

Fiona Nicholls, transport campaigner for Greenpeace UK, said: “Fixing potholes seems to be the policy priority that unites Britain, from Cornish cycle couriers to Caledonian cabbies.

“New roads, on the other hand, are the least popular option polled and have a fraction of the support given to greener alternatives like new cycle paths, buses or trains.

“If you’re a politician in charge of the transport budget, we urge you to invest in clean transport and maintaining existing infrastructure before wasting public money on new roads that hardly anyone wants.”

And she said: “The enthusiasm for traffic reduction is mirrored in the widespread support for low traffic neighbourhoods.

“Together with the growth of cycling, electric vehicles and even the clearer skies under lockdown, low traffic neighbourhoods have contributed to a growing realisation that poor air quality and the life-shortening health impacts it brings are not unavoidable, and if we can avoid them, we should.”

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