Autocar has uncovered shock evidence that the Department for Transport is pushing local councils to adopt policies designed to lengthen journey times for motorists and reduce the amount of road space available to cars.
Urban Safety Management Guidelines — Road Safety Strategies for Urban Communities is a 30-page colour guide promoted by the DfT, the Transport Research Laboratories and the Institution of Highways and Transportation, and downloadable on the DfT website.
The guide lays out a detailed formula for what it says will be much-improved road safety, using Gloucester as an example, which includes deliberately inducing congestion.
Local councils are urged to ‘lengthen journey times on local distributor and residential access roads by reducing the speed of traffic, mainly through traffic calming on residential roads,’ but also by ‘taking space from car traffic by installing central refuges and hatching, bus and cycle lanes.’
Fitting bus-priority receivers to traffic signals and giving less time at traffic signals to traffic on local distributor and residential access roads is also on the menu.