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Looking at the issues regarding transport, locally and nationally.

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Geography Coursework Introduction In this piece of coursework I am looking at the issues regarding transport, locally and nationally. These issues are: * Traffic Jams * Congestion * Pollution * Parking * Cost * Public Transport * Repairs * Accidents These problems need solutions and I have decided to make a chart on the traffic around the area of Hatch End High School. (Red Border) There are three sites I have chosen, also marked on the map. Site 1: Blue mark - Outside front gate of Hatch End High. Site 2: Red mark - The parade of shops. Site 3: Yellow mark - Outside St. Teresa's First school. I will be monitoring these areas on the type and amount of traffic that goes past. As the traffic is a problem already. I will be trying to prove that there are three sites by the school that get busy at three different times of day. The sites are located around the school. I chose those particulars sites because I will find they will give me the best varied results. Traffic growth presents us with serious problems and challenges for the future. Its cost to the community and the environment in terms of congestion, road crashes, health problems and climate change are serious. Some local authorities have set traffic reduction targets and others are keen to introduce congestion charging, but nationally the Government has shied away from taking a lead on cutting traffic. ...read more.

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* I stood there for 10 minutes. * I totaled the results and recorded them onto the computer. Analysis As you can see from my graphs of site one (outside HEHS), the type of vehicle used most is the car and the time of day when there is the most cars is between 8:30 and 8:40 when people are going to school and work. The time of day when there is least cars is between 12:30 & 12:40. The number of cars counted between 15:25 and 15:35 is more than you see at 12:30 and 12:40 but not as many as seen at 8:30 and 8:40. There were not many bicycles, motorbikes or lorries seen at site one. There were more bicycles in the mornnig period than any other period. The number of motorbikes increased in each time period. There were more vans and lorries seen between 12:30 and 12:40 than at the other times. In each ten minute period there were an average of six buses at site one. Looking at site two (parade of shops on Long Elmes), the type of vehicle used most is again cars increases with each time period so that between 15:25 and 15:35 there are the most cars. This time of day is when children are seen in the morning between 8:30 and 8:40. The type of vehicle seen the least was lorries. There were more bicycles seen here than at site one especially between 15:25 and 15:35, as there are bicycle lanes at site two. ...read more.

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Also I would put more cycle lanes to encourage more people to cycle. It would be better if there was off street parking so there wouldn't be cars blocking the roads. It might help to encourage more people to share their car for the journey to school or work. The suggestion of traffic lights at the junction of Long Elmes and Headstone Lane was felt to be a good idea when asking drivers and pedestrians. Although this may not be beneficial as it can be an expense and it may not resolve any congestion in the area. Other people's opinions are school campaigns on improving the cycling facilities and also encourage children to walk to school rather than getting a lift. Evaluation I think that my investigation could have been improved by monitoring the amount of traffic at more time periods to include quieter periods. This would give you an indication of the speed of traffic when the road is not congested. Also the time of day for the first collection of data is too early. The roads in this local area become more congested between 8:40 and 8:50. The number of buses should have been the same for site two and three but they weren't so the data is not completely accurate. If there is a lot of traffic, you have to be very quick tallying the type of vehicles passing. To improve my data collections, I would monitor traffic at a different site away from the school to compare the differences. E .g at the other end of Long Elmes. ...read more.

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