Traffic Reduction in Leeds City Centre Dissertation or Thesis

An analysis of the level traffic congestion in Leeds, West Yorkshire and the viability of potential solutions.
# 150459 | 7,672 words | 24 sources | APA | 2010 | GB
Published on Feb 19, 2012 in Economics (Taxation) , Public Administration (General)

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This paper examines the issue of traffic congestion in Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK. It looks at how congestion at rush hour is a real problem in the city centre and several solutions have been implemented, such as bus lanes, lanes where cars must have at least 2 passengers, and increased public transport. However, the problem is still significant and the paper therefore examines the possibility of implementing a congestion charge. The paper examines the impact which similar schemes have had in other cities and also uses primary data collected locally to build up an analysis and conclusion of the situation in Leeds.

0.1 Abstract
0.2 Acknowledgements
0.3 List of Figures
CHAPTER ONE - Introduction
1.1 Objectives
1.2 Key Questions
1.3 Limitations and Outline Methodology
1.4 Data Collection Methods
1.5 Ethical Considerations
CHAPTER TWO - Background
2.1 Introduction
2.2 Congestion and Leeds
2.3 Wider Literature Review
2.4 Conclusion
CHAPTER THREE - Lessons from London
3.1 Introduction
3.2 Background to the Congestion Charge
3.3 London's Congestion Charge - Success or Failure?
3.4 From London to Leeds - Similarities and Potential Stumbling Blocks
3.5 Conclusion
CHAPTER FOUR - what the locals say
4.1 Introduction
4.2 Public Opinion - a potential minefield
4.3 A middle ground?
4.4 Conclusion
CHAPTER FIVE - what next for Leeds?
5.1 Introduction
5.2 Alternatives to the congestion charge
5.3 Something has to change - a framework for the future
5.4 Conclusion
CHAPTER SIX - Conclusions and Suggestions
6.1 Conclusions

From the Paper:

"With almost a third of all jobs in the City Region located in the city itself, Leeds is one of the UK's fastest growing cities (Transport for Leeds 2010). Leeds traffic has then also grown at the same time and that growth has resulted in congestion becoming an increasing problem for car users, bus passengers and pedestrians (Transport for Leeds 2010). In addition to this, with about 31,000 students at the University of Leeds (The Guardian Education Supplement 2008) and even more at the Leeds Metropolitan University with around 38,500 students (LMU 2010) this adds significantly to the pressures of congestion; albeit not all year round due to term and holidays. The road traffic growth forecasts for the UK are shown in figure 1 (DETR, 1997). This graph clearly shows a steady rise in all forms of vehicles and a continuing predicted increase. Many, such as Jaensirisak have argued that this represents an ever increasing burden to the already existing infrastructure that cannot be dealt with by simply modifying roads in an attempt to further accommodate the traffic (Jaensirisak 2002). Jaensirisak argues that other solutions need to be introduced in order to deal with this problem, citing a congestion charge as a potential answer. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • BBC News (2005, February 22). Congestion charging: Your views. Edinburgh: BBC.
  • BBC News (2004, February 17). Congestion charging 'a success'. London: BBC.
  • City Car Club (2010, March 10). City Car Club: how it works. Leeds: City Car Club.
  • Department for Transport (2003). Attitudes to Roads, Congestion and Congestion Charging. London: Department for Transport.
  • Economist Intelligence Unit (2006). Driving change: How policymakers are using road charging to tackle congestion. London: The Economist.

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