The idea is simple, withdraw much of the so-called road improvements which means traffic has to travel much further than it did in the past. Road planners should not be full time in the one city, as they tinker around with changes roads to keep themselves occupied. There should be a central core of road planners, shared between towns and cities, so only urgent and worthwhile improvements are made.  Worwhile means, does it make it shorter to get from A to B. This will reduce local government costs, reduce tax spent, increase journy times, and considerably reduce the fuel spent going the long way to get to ones destination.

Why is this idea important?

Edinburgh is a prime example of road manipulation which has gone to far. When the original planners put in the ‘New Town’ in the 1850’s, no-one would think of making horses go for the distances that car drivers are now expected to travel  to get from one one side of the city to another, in some cases trying to get to the next street can take half a mile by car, and this is before the tram debacle. The problem extends to other cities in the UK, you can see your destination, but you can’t reach it due to the number of one-way signs.

The government could easily do an exercise to prove the costs in fuel by looking at the delivery distances from thirty years ago within cities and today. By multiplying these costs I am convinced the cost to business, and to the environment in fuel usage will be substantial.

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