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Paul, are you a qualified transport planner? Doubt it somehow...Traffic doesn’t ‘expand’, it goes along roads designed to carry it. The busiest roads are the ones that are usually the most direct for the driver to reach his/her destination. That’s why the north circular is always busier than, say, Northfield Avenue.If you had been paying attention during your no doubt expensive transport planning lessons you would know that the main reason for increased congestion is to place some form of obstacle in the way. It’s why there are tailbacks when there’s an accident.Motorways are the obvious example of traffic flow unimpeded by obstacles. They are designed to carry large volumes of traffic and, generally, they do that very well until something occurs to impede that flow.What we have seen in a London in general, and in Ealing in particular, is tinkering with the roads and junctions to deliberately create pinch points. These might be placing more pedestrian crossings on main roads or narrowing the carriageway to restrict flows. The latest example of this is to be found up by Ealing Hospital.Now what you don’t admit, and others do grudgingly, is that all this is designed to push people out of their vehicles (and it’s not just cars, despite all your silly assertions about them). The reasoning is that getting rid of all the cars in Northfields will suddenly free up miles of road space. It’s a fundamentally flawed argument, since much of the traffic on these roads is passing through the area. The council knows this, but has tried to pretend it’s not true. That traffic will still be there.Of course there are local drivers. There are lots of cars parked on my road at night which are gone in the morning and don’t return until evening. All people off to work by car, and not locally either. They no doubt pass through other residential areas on the way. But they have to pass through ours first.Perhaps they should give up their jobs to satisfy your demands for fewer car journeys All your insistence that you want Nigel to drive doesn’t ring true. It’s not for you, Julian Bell, Peter Mason or anyone else to decide who has the ‘right’ to drive a car in Ealing. Owning and driving a car is not illegal yet. Ditto for vans and lorries. Yet these policies are making out that it is.

Simon Hayes ● 153d