City Council Spends £600k to Improve Traffic Flow

Posted by chdot on August 3, 2006

City of Edinburgh Council is planning to buy 62 new cameras to track cars travelling through the city using number plate recognition technology. The information will be used to alter traffic light sequences to reduce delays which cause congestion.

This may lead to slightly improved air quality with cars stuck in jams less often. However according to The Scotsman story a similar scheme in Southampton increased average traffic speed on busy routes by 3 m.p.h. during rush hour. Fast traffic is one thing that discourages cycling.

In Edinburgh most main routes have bus lanes which generally help cyclists. The Institute of Directors recently called for these to be open to cars with passengers. This would not be a good idea.

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