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GUEST,harvey andrews BS: UK Traffic problems - Solutions? (62* d) RE: BS: UK Traffic problems - Solutions? 16 Nov 01

It's getting a serious problem, particularly Fridays and Sundays. I think a lot of it is contract workers driving home for the weekend and then back to wherever they work on the Sunday. Recently I took four hours to drive 115 miles from Stafford to Leeds. An accident ON THE OTHER CARRIAGEWAY caused a 15 mile tailback on the M6 and took one hour to clear..rubbernecks! Then a breakdown in the outside lane on the M56 caused another hours delay.I love my work, but I can see the day coming when I'm going to say I can't do this anymore..purely because of traffic stress. When I started there was one motorway in Britain and it's only the opening up of the motorway network that allowed the one night stand life of the troubadour to flourish, now the traffic is seriously threatening it's viability as a lifestyle. My answer...well. it has to be draconian..a permit for one car per household. It will cause chaos as people re-sort their lives but the benefits will eventually outweigh the disadvantages. Neighbours who just a few years ago had one car now have four, one for the husband, one for the wife, and one each for the kids. To make it work will require top class public transport, but as I remember when I was a boy no one had a car and we all got around perfectly well. Homeworking should also be encouraged. If nothing is done but short term measures the country will grind to a halt in just a few years time. We have to find an alternative..there is no choice!!

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