Having just read the article on the possible pedestrianisation of Wimbledon Town Centre, I was caught between two reactions. The first was 'great - how lovely'. But then I wondered what would happen to the traffic? Not all of it is through traffic - as a local resident I need to travel by car and need to pass through or around the town centre. Like many others, I've found a route avoiding the very centre, but closing it off would force even more vehicles down already crowded residential roads. The project might benefit some residents, but at the expense of others. Also, if every local town decided to ban traffic, everything would grind to a halt. Such proposals need to be considered carefully as part of a wider plan. Ideally, more people will use public transport, but there will remain a certain number of people for whom the schedules or connection make travelling to work or other regular appointments by car a necessity.I worry that this is an overly idealistic dream, and without a proper evaluation of the wider impact it could be very destructive to the lives of the very residents its proposing to better.
Julia Coleman ● 3000d0 Comments