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Urban congestion inquiry launched

20 October 2016

The Transport Committee launches an inquiry on urban congestion. Its aim is to identify cost-effective and safe strategies for managing limited road space in towns and cities, minimising disruption to local communities and businesses, and keeping urban traffic flowing.

Scope of the inquiry

The Transport Committee intends to examine appropriate combinations of measures that can come together to form integrated urban traffic management strategies, including:

  • bus priority measures
  • road-pricing
  • parking schemes
  • cycling and walking infrastructure
  • street-running trams
  • use of innovative traffic management technologies

The Committee seek to identify balanced approaches that can be adapted to local circumstances, and are fair towards all types of road user.

Send a written submission

The Committee is particularly interested in:

1. Integrated strategies for: managing competing demands for urban road space; shifting people from private vehicles to public and active transport modes in urban areas; and reducing urban road traffic congestion, including consideration of:

  • bus priority measures (including bus lanes)
  • local road pricing, including lessons from the London congestion charge and low emissions zones
  • parking schemes, including workplace parking levies
  • cycling and walking infrastructure
  • street-running tram and trolley-bus systems
  • technological innovations such as intelligent transport systems and telematics

2. Wider considerations, including:

  • managing disruption to local communities and businesses during construction and operation
  • construction and operating costs
  • approaches to cost-benefit calculations
  • implications for the sustainability of the market for provision of bus services
  • the safety of road users, particularly cyclists and pedestrians

The Committee would be grateful to receive written submissions by Friday 9 December 2016. Evidence submitted after this date will still be accepted but may not inform the oral evidence sessions.

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