How bad does Sheffield’s traffic situation need to get before we do something about it?
I’m not just talking about Sheffield City Council and the transport companies. I’m talking about all the commuters who sit in endless jams, one person to a car, while empty busses and trams are stuck in gridlock. It’s collective insanity and we’re all guilty.
The council has abrogated responsibility for public transport to the free market. Unfortunately the free market consists of profiteering bus companies and mindless drones who’d rather waste their lives sitting in traffic than do something about it.
If SCC had an ounce of gumption the solution would be simple.
Either ban commuter traffic from the city centre or impose a congestion charge.
In its place, create dedicated cycle routes and require the transport companies to provide an affordable, reliable and properly integrated service on pain of losing their franchises.
This isn’t beyond the realm of possibility – Nottingham and London can manage it, why can’t Sheffield?
But it won’t happen by accident. Commuters need to get off their backsides and pressure their MPs and councillors to take action.
Or alternatively just carry on wasting hours of your lives in traffic and poisoning the environment!