I was sitting in the inevitable traffic jam at the Dartford Tunnel on Monday evening, contemplating the road sign that said (paraphrasing) “traffic jam deliberately created for your safety”.
As I had nothing else to do, I started to consider that EVERY SINGLE TIME the government interfere with roads with the pledge that they are going to improve traffic flow, it always seems to do the exact opposite.
I remember in the town where I grew up, there was never a traffic jam on the main road in 15 years.
Then one day the local council decided to install a traffic light system at the end of the road and – you guessed it – a CONSTANT traffic jam!
Where I live now in Kent, some major road alterations on the one way system have taken place to supposedly ease congestion.
Before the works began the congestion was quite acceptable for a big town and the traffic flowed pretty well.
After the works, it’s much worse!
It’s the same story with these new variable speed cameras and “smart motorways”.
As far as I can tell, they have made congestion significantly worse than it was before.
The only thing that I couldn’t work out as I sat there waiting for them to open the barrier before the tunnel to let us through was:
Why do the Highways Agency keep doing this?
I have to confess that I couldn’t really come up with an answer (other than assisting revenue collection from the variable speed cameras).
I’d love to hear Members thoughts on what’s going on here.
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All the best,
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