Thursday 8 September 2011 8.11am
Yes, sorry, I see what you're getting at, the situation does end up as one pressure group on one street protecting its interests at the expense of the others. I live on Grange Road
, so I appreciate your frustration!
The wider point I was making is that it's the volume of traffic itself which is the problem, I'd rather make Grange Road
less congested, but I'd also like to do that in ways which won't make other roads congested - i.e. fewer cars overall.
I do agree with you though, that the 'pain of traffic' should definitely be shared, and that by closing off one 'rat run', you're essentially funnelling traffic down another, which isn't very fair (I suspect the residents of the Grange won't agree!).
Perhaps we need more local lobbying to extend the congestion charge eastwards?