Geography Conclusion - Traffic on routes leading into Birmingham

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Omar Chaudhry 11MWE        Mr Taylor        Conclusion

                                Geography Conclusion

        My hypothesis is that “There is traffic congestion on routes leading into Birmingham” and my own perception on this is that it is correct as do many commuters of Birmingham. Although I agree that traffic congestion is an issue it is not a constant problem, as there is not congestion at all times throughout the day. My outlook to this problem is that traffic congestion is only a dilemma and reaches its peak at certain times. These times are known as “rush hour” which are the few hours that workers are intending to get into the city to travel to their occupation or when the workers are travelling out of the city at the end of their work hours. As work hours are similar in the city this can cause problems on getting in or out of the city.

An Inspectors Report from Midland Metro suggests that since 1997 – 2007 there has been an increase of traffic coming in to Birmingham from Sheepcote Street, which leads on to, Broad Street has increased between 78% and 364% depending on the time. This can give us a mental image of the increase taken place over the last decade.        

 I agree with this hypothesis due to the evidence that we assembled via the questionnaire and the traffic count. Both of these results accumulated together supported this hypothesis in some terms. For instance; through the traffic count we can see that there are an immense number of vehicles cars arriving into the city during mornings and a vast amount of vehicles leaving the city at lunch-time and in the afternoon. Both incoming and outgoing where mainly dominated by cars.

        Both of these graphs support the hypothesis as they clearly show that there is a vast amount of vehicles entering and leaving the city, hence traffic congestion is produced.

        Another one of our data collections that proves our hypothesis correctly is the PCU graph. This graph shows the amount of hours in a working day that are congested. The graph was produced by collaboration of our traffic count results and the amount we multiplied this figure by to achieve our PCU amounts.


        From this graph we can interpret that at all times between the working hours (9am-5pm), Broad Street was congested, hence the publicity it gets over the amount of traffic congestion on that particular road.

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        In terms of the questionnaire, it was fairly even in terms of whom had experienced traffic congestion whilst attempting to get into the city centre; however there was a slight advantage in the favour of those who answered “yes”.

        This graph is an interpretation of our results which we collaborated via our questionnaire. The graph shows how close it was between the two options, hence giving us a somewhat equivalent outcome.

         As our hypothesis does not state a specific time, an argument could be raised against the hypothesis as the traffic count shows that during ...

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