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Problems in Developed Cities Iain Bennett Case study - Congestion in Chester The existing problems of traffic and pedestrian congestion in Chester are many and varied. The main ones are vehicles in the main shopping streets and tourism to the historic areas of the cities, traffic delays on the restricted approach to the city, delays to the bus services, queuing for parking spaces and dangerous conditions for pedestrians and cyclists. There are numerous solutions to the congestion problems in Chester, each of which brings its own advantages, but also disadvantages to the City and its council. In selecting solutions to this problem, I will need to assess the advantages and disadvantages of each to the congestion problems. I will also have to take into account the financial constraints and public inconveniences, such as road closures that may result and put unacceptable strain on the functioning of the city. A common suggestion to relieve city centre was to simply build more car parks. Although this seems a simple solution, it does not completely solve the problem. One of the main advantages to doing this is that commuters and visiting tourists and shoppers are able to park their car somewhere safe. In addition, it would probably relieve congestion in the city centre considerably. ...read more.


A total ban on cars entering Chester and increasing petestrianised areas is another solution that also needs to be considered. The advantages to this solution is that it would definitely reduce congestion and as a consequence, pollution. In addition, this solution would make shopping a great deal safer as busy shoppers would not have to worry about traffic. On the other hand, it may cause severe public unrest because they lose the convenience of driving their own car into the Centre of Chester. This resolution would by coincidence cause problems over deliveries and shops would have to be designated specific times when the pedestrian barriers would be lowered. I feel that this solution is possibly one of the best that has been suggested so far, however the advantage and public inconvenience would have to be considered. Another proposed solution is to introduce Trams into the City. Introducing this system into Chester would be a very extensive job. This is a widely debated choice and is yet undecided. The advantages to this solution are that over a long period, government would begin to gain money as well as reduce traffic and provide an effective alternative for shoppers. In addition, it would reduce congestion greatly. ...read more.


This could be a good method but the results of imposing this could work either way so this is an unreliable method. One final solution that has been planned is to computerise the traffic lights in the approach to Chester and in the City Centre. The advantages to doing this are that you would maximise the traffic flow in and around Chester, therefore reducing congestion. In addition, you would be able to manage the flow at peak times, such as rush hours. However, a large disadvantage to using such a method is the cost of introducing such an advance system into the City, I feel that this is an effective but costly solution to the congestion problem. To conclude, I feel that increasing pedestrianised areas supported by park and ride systems is possibly the best solution to the congestion problem in Chester. This is because it will definitely reduce the congestion in the areas where cars are banned and in consequence, reduce pollution as well. Additionally, constructing access roads at the rear of future business parks would reduce congestion and mean that lorries would be taken off City centre Roads. If I were to choose one of the two solutions, I would propose that increasing the pedestrianised areas linked with park and ride access would prove most cost-effective, manageable and above all, would relieve most congestion without causing too much public inconvenience. ...read more.

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