Next generation need not fume over Devizes traffic

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Employers and councils must take a share of the blame for Devizes’ problems in congestion and air pollution, environment expert Professor John Whitelegg will tell a meeting in the town next week.

Professor Whitelegg, of the Stockholm Environment Institute of the University of York, is to address a public meeting of Devizes Passengers at the Corn Exchange on February 20 from 7.30pm. Entry is free.

He told the Gazette that Devizes needs protecting to ensure the next generation inherits its charm and attractiveness.

He said: “Devizes is an attractive market town with a high quality of life and a strong sense of place identity. It is not a clone town or a boring suburban settlement that is sadly so common in 21st century England.

“We have to protect what we have, and improve those things that are not up to scratch. A really good example of this is air quality. The situation in Devizes is not good. The whole town centre is now an Air Quality Management Area.

“Another area of public policy failure is bus service provision and integration. This is a national as well as a local problem but bus services in and around Devizes fall far short of the frequency and service quality required to provide an attractive alternative to the car.

“It is normal in many other countries for a town the size of Devizes to have a comprehensive network of bus services starting at 5am going on to 11pm from Monday to Saturday at a 20-30 minute frequency and lower frequency on Sundays and public holidays.

“Walking and cycling facilities in Devizes are also in urgent need of improvement. This is not just a transport matter. So-called ‘active travel’ can make a significant contribution to improving health, reducing obesity, heart disease and diabetes.

“There needs to be a system-wide, holistic view linking shopping centres, resid- ential areas, employment areas, medical facilities, schools and bus stops protected by a default speed limit of 20mph. It is not acceptable to have 30mph speed limits when we know that 20mph reduces death, serious injury, disability and distress.

“The last 20 years have seen remarkable success stories through travel plans to increase alternatives to cars. If employers in Devizes do not have robust travel plans in place that meet British Standardisation Institution recommendations, it is the residents of Devizes who will suffer the consequences.”

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10:29am Mon 18 Feb 13

mobyduck says...

Reducing speed limits is certainly not going to improve the air quality. It means that drivers will be using lower gears at higher revs and taking longer to drive through the town thereby creating more exhaust fumes, not less. I also wonder how many drivers actually reach 20 mph let alone 30 mph. I live outside Devizes but have to travel through it to get to work. A bypass is needed. Who ever listens to drivers though.
Reducing speed limits is certainly not going to improve the air quality. It means that drivers will be using lower gears at higher revs and taking longer to drive through the town thereby creating more exhaust fumes, not less. I also wonder how many drivers actually reach 20 mph let alone 30 mph. I live outside Devizes but have to travel through it to get to work. A bypass is needed. Who ever listens to drivers though. mobyduck

2:23pm Mon 18 Feb 13

cris says...

right what a load of rubbish

i work in swindon. i cant get bus or a would be late and have to change 3 times. so that out.

i cant cycle to work the 25mile trip would be to much for me.

last i know i did manage to get up to 30mph going though town there was to much traffic so that stupid.

it take me longer in the morning get through devizes that the rest of the journey.

most of the time i just go round the villages now doing the rat run with most others.

this does reduse revenue in the town as i dont get a coffee or ciggeretts in the town anymore in the mornings. guessing around £70 a week and that just me. !!!

fix it or loose it. !!! no more stupid costley ideas
right what a load of rubbish i work in swindon. i cant get bus or a would be late and have to change 3 times. so that out. i cant cycle to work the 25mile trip would be to much for me. last i know i did manage to get up to 30mph going though town there was to much traffic so that stupid. it take me longer in the morning get through devizes that the rest of the journey. most of the time i just go round the villages now doing the rat run with most others. this does reduse revenue in the town as i dont get a coffee or ciggeretts in the town anymore in the mornings. guessing around £70 a week and that just me. !!! fix it or loose it. !!! no more stupid costley ideas cris

8:58pm Tue 19 Feb 13

wondering why says...

if you need to get to Swindon for work in the morning going through Devizes after 7.45am is a no no and can take 15 minutes. If you want to sort air quality you either educate people not to use cars or build a bypass, I think I know which one is more likely sadly.
if you need to get to Swindon for work in the morning going through Devizes after 7.45am is a no no and can take 15 minutes. If you want to sort air quality you either educate people not to use cars or build a bypass, I think I know which one is more likely sadly. wondering why

8:50am Wed 20 Feb 13

Aran Oatan says...

A bypass is a popular idea but previous studies have shown that the journeys of most cars in Devizes start or end in Devizes so a bypass wouldn't sort that out. Where would it go and where would the money come from ? Government is cutting road building and we could be in the current recession for 10 years. The blooming enquiries would take ten years before it started! So if you go for it and everyone agrees you might have your bypass in 10 to 15 years. So what to do in the meantime? Get some better buses and cycle lanes, and slow down - seems sensible to me.
A bypass is a popular idea but previous studies have shown that the journeys of most cars in Devizes start or end in Devizes so a bypass wouldn't sort that out. Where would it go and where would the money come from ? Government is cutting road building and we could be in the current recession for 10 years. The blooming enquiries would take ten years before it started! So if you go for it and everyone agrees you might have your bypass in 10 to 15 years. So what to do in the meantime? Get some better buses and cycle lanes, and slow down - seems sensible to me. Aran Oatan

11:15pm Wed 20 Feb 13

wondering why says...

Aran Oatan wrote:
A bypass is a popular idea but previous studies have shown that the journeys of most cars in Devizes start or end in Devizes so a bypass wouldn't sort that out. Where would it go and where would the money come from ? Government is cutting road building and we could be in the current recession for 10 years. The blooming enquiries would take ten years before it started! So if you go for it and everyone agrees you might have your bypass in 10 to 15 years. So what to do in the meantime? Get some better buses and cycle lanes, and slow down - seems sensible to me.
You are right it will take time, getting a bus that can get you to Swindon in 45 minutes will be a real ask hence why folks don't use them. School buses that collect all the children taking parents off the road for the school run would make a significant difference, however it's a bit of a pipe dream sadly.
[quote][p][bold]Aran Oatan[/bold] wrote: A bypass is a popular idea but previous studies have shown that the journeys of most cars in Devizes start or end in Devizes so a bypass wouldn't sort that out. Where would it go and where would the money come from ? Government is cutting road building and we could be in the current recession for 10 years. The blooming enquiries would take ten years before it started! So if you go for it and everyone agrees you might have your bypass in 10 to 15 years. So what to do in the meantime? Get some better buses and cycle lanes, and slow down - seems sensible to me.[/p][/quote]You are right it will take time, getting a bus that can get you to Swindon in 45 minutes will be a real ask hence why folks don't use them. School buses that collect all the children taking parents off the road for the school run would make a significant difference, however it's a bit of a pipe dream sadly. wondering why

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