Traffic levels: Heavy increases in Greenwich
If you think traffic has increased in recent years then traffic counts back it up as measurements at 120 locations in Greenwich borough show sharply increasing levels of traffic in recent years.
Greenwich saw modest growth in vehicles using roads from 1993 to 2004, and then traffic started to decline. It was around this time service improvements for public transport took hold. Frequencies on rail lines increased as did many bus services.
After reductions in vehicle usage and then a plateau, traffic has increased sharply since 2016.
It was around 2016 that cuts to public transport begun to accelerate. TfL saw £700 million cut from annual budgets by then Chancellor George Osborne in 2015. Southeastern rail entered a perpetual limbo after failed franchise competitions as investment stagnated.
Of course we then enter the recent “perfect storm” with public transport use heavily restricted and roads already near capacity in many areas.
Current fierce arguments centre around do little to streets or attempt to encourage people away from car use where possible.
The latter is causing many arguments across London and beyond (a sharp increase in vehicle use has been seen in much of the country over recent years).
It’s a backdrop of sharply rising vehicle use that gives context to current policy on how people will get about in years to come, and one that will result in disruption with or without street changes. The question now is what result is desirable at the end of it all?
Click here for data on vehicle counts across the borough.