Re. Traffic costs Cardiff £9m a year SW Echo 6
£9 million cost of congestion is just a part – an estimate only of the excessive work-time costs to delivery vans etc. The costs of Cardiff’s traffic congestion are much wider and far larger.
Cardiff Bus managing director Alan Kreppel in 2002 put their congestion costs at £1 million a year: “Some peak hour services in Cardiff now average less than 10km/h” (ICE Wales Conference 2002).
Congestion is far worse in 2016, average peak hour speeds reduced and bus reliability worsened. The costs to Cardiff Bus alone would at a guess be 4 or 5 times higher. The value of bus passenger time, even on the standard of 25% of the value of working time, would add as much as the direct cost to Cardiff Bus, giving a total around £10 million a year.
Alan Kreppel’s castigation of “recalcitrant unitary authorities” was ignored and he was replaced by compliant managing directors. Cardiff Council denied congestion was a problem until a couple of years ago.
Now their LDP policy depends on a massive increase in bus-use plus 36% increase in traffic. It doesn’t add up. The study Prof David Begg-The Impact of Congestion on Bus Passengers Digital- (June 2016) describes how “the potential benefit of the bus is stifled by traffic congestion”. This is increasingly applies to Cardiff, where delayed services get cancelled and ridership is falling. Traffic flows are dropping, they say, with traffic near standstill.
Little hope for Phil Bale’s “livable city”!