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How has Canterbury Managed the Traffic Going Into and out of the CBD Compared to the Outskirts of Canterbury and do the Residents / Visitors Think This is Successful?

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GCSE GEOGRAPHY COURSEWORK-CANTERBURY How has Canterbury Managed the Traffic Going Into and out of the CBD Compared to the Outskirts of Canterbury and do the Residents / Visitors Think This is Successful? INTRODUCTION: Why did I choose the title and why is Canterbury a good case study? I chose the title because I am interested in how Canterbury's traffic management differs between the CBD and the outskirts of Canterbury and to find out what the residents and visitors think of the way traffic is controlled in the CBD. Canterbury is a good case study because traffic and congestion in the area around the CBD of Canterbury is continuous. There are also lots of different examples of traffic management around the CBD of Canterbury. They use dual carriageways and large roundabouts around the CBD of Canterbury whereas on the outskirts of Canterbury they use single carriageways and much smaller roundabouts and ring roads. Where is Canterbury? Canterbury is in the South East of England in Kent and is near to the coastal towns of Whitstable, Herne Bay and Margate. There are main access and exit routes going into and out of Canterbury to the coastal towns. The main A2 road that is a direct route to London and is provides easy access for commuters. Also it feeds a direct route to the Euro Tunnel at Folkestone and the Dover to Calais ferries. History of Canterbury: Romans- Roman Canterbury was prosperous and contained many sizeable public buildings and private dwellings. Later during the Roman occupation, around AD 270, the combination of Saxon raiders and increasing conflicts within the Roman Empire itself led to the construction of a defensive wall around in the city. Anglo-Saxons- Canterbury, known then as Cantwara-burh, or 'the fortified town of the Men of Kent', became the capital of the new kingdom from the 6th century onwards. It was the main residence of King Ethelbert from around AD 590. ...read more.

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This was taking into consideration that our data collection times weren't peak rush hour times. It was important that all the groups carried out the investigations at a certain times and at the exact same times. This also ensured that the widest possible range of results was collected and resulting in more comparisons. This ensured that the investigation was a fair test. We were able to compare the geographical theories I mentioned in my introduction to what I found out. I found out that there was indeed more traffic and congestion at the times that I was collecting the data but we couldn't prove that there was a further increase during rush hours because we weren't in Canterbury during rush hours. As a result of this there was definitely an increase in pollution at the times we were collecting data because although the data collection times weren't during rush hour, there seemed to be a large number of vehicles on the roads and a large number of people walking. Hence that there were large congestion index surveys and large pedestrian counts. At my data collection point it was clear that there was a lack of public transport which means there will be an increase in pollution because of the large amount of privately owned vehicles. At each of the survey points, each group had to do a traffic count, pedestrian count, congestion index and how many cars and spaces there were in 2 car parks. Data collected How was it collected? What key questions / part of the hypothesis does it help me answer? How do I plan to present the data? Any interrelationships? Traffic Count The survey was collected between 11:30-11:35 and 1:30-1:35. We collected the data by drawing a tally of the types of vehicles that are going into and out of the CBD at certain times. The count was tallied with counting how many cars, vans, lorries, bicycles, motorbikes, buses and other. ...read more.

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This will help me to answer the key question of 'how does the traffic management strategies differ as we move further away from the CBC of Canterbury? This will also help me to answer my prediction that the congestion index will be slower around the CBD than on the outskirts of Canterbury. To collect the secondary data that I described in my introduction for this Canterbury project is the Canterbury District Transport Action Plan called "Unlocking the Gridlock". I would research there website for the relevant information for my project and write a letter to the Canterbury council asking them to tell me what they plan on doing in the future to improve the roads around the CBD of Canterbury. This will give me two different accounts to what the proposed plans are for the CBD of Canterbury's congestion and traffic problems. This will help me answer my key question of 'What are the proposed improvements to the roads around the CBD of Canterbury? My letter will be asking exactly that question. It will help me to answer my hypothesis of 'there will be much more traffic on the roads in the CBD and therefore more traffic management strategies than roads on the outskirts of Canterbury and more work is needed to improve the traffic management in the CBD of Canterbury. This will also help me to answer the section of my project title 'How has Canterbury Managed the Traffic Going Into and out of the CBD? Summary: The data collected will help me to answer my hypothesis by proving to see if my thoughts on the project are correct and to have evidence that this is the case. The data collected will help me to answer my key questions by individually answering each of the questions with evidence. Most importantly it will help me to answer my project title questions in my conclusion to this project by treating them as key questions and also having evidence of my results to prove the answers. ?? ?? ?? ?? DECLAN JEWELL 11CN ...read more.

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