I don’t think I have enough time to define all those other factors as they are too numerous, it is just a way to see what people think about how important clean air is.
It is a good point about heavy traffic and congestion on the same road but the causes can be different. The council has two working groups about roads regarding Devonshire Road and Thorpewood Avenue.
I would say the cause in Devonshire’s case, is more about heavy traffic whereas Thorpewood suffers more from congestion due to the road being an unregulated car park. Both are not designed for the purpose they are currently being used for.
Thorpewood is a good example of congestion, it narrows at the lower end and can only easily take one way traffic which works fine as long as people don’t park over driveways as these are the passing points. Once the passing points go, cars can’t pass or do very slowly and you have gridlock and congestion higher up and on neighbouring streets. Ambulances on emergency calls have to reverse out and turn around. There is a lot more pollution then as cars have to brake more releasing toxic brake dust and cars are idling generating more pollution.
I don’t need to tell you about Devonshire Road and the heavy traffic and congestion.
The top of Kirkdale has now got the cleanest air. It is really pleasant now to walk or cycle up it.
Perhaps we should have the equivalent of respite care for roads where we close them for a week every year so residents can remember how invigorating it is to breathe clean air.