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 City traffic enforcement reduces congestion by more than a third

City traffic enforcement reduces congestion by more than a third

Published on 30/01/2019
A resourceful approach to traffic enforcement during the busy Christmas period helped keep Liverpool City Centre moving and saw congestion-causing incidents fall by more than a third (38 per cent) compared with the same period the previous year.
 
The joint operation by Merseytravel, Stagecoach and Arriva buses, Liverpool City Council, Merseyside Police and Halton Transport, saw illegally parked or broken down vehicles and those involved in road traffic accidents moved on or removed quickly, and it’s believed the presence of officers and staff also acted as a deterrent to those who may have otherwise parked illegally.
 
This way of working to share information and resources, first introduced in 2017, has been judged to be more effective than if each agency had worked alone.
 
Cllr Liam Robinson, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority Transport Portfolio Holder said:
“Keeping congestion to a minimum helps improve traffic flow, reduces pollution and ensures bus services remained as punctual as possible. These results are very encouraging and I would hope that we can continue this work with our partners again next December. “
 
Merseyside Police Traffic Management Constable Andy Astle said:
“It is pleasing to the see that this innovative partnership work had a significant impact on reducing congestion and deterring those who would park illegally.
 “We will continue to work with the council and all partners in the future to ensure that all visitors to Liverpool can get around without unnecessary disruptions and obstructions.”
 
A spokesperson for Arriva, said:
"As a company we constantly strive to offer our customers the best possible service, so we are proud to have worked in conjunction with Merseytravel and the other partners to reduce the amount of congestion-causing incidents. Reducing congestion to keep traffic moving in the city centre, especially during the busy festive period, helps us deliver a reliable service to our passengers."
 
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