22 Apr '13, 1pm

How good buses can cut traffic from new housing - guest blog from S Beds Friends of the Earth's Victoria Harvey

22 April 2013: Traffic from a new housing development is two thirds less than forecast thanks to getting the bus service running from the start. The new housing estate on the edge of Leighton Buzzard has had a new half hourly Dash Direct service running past the existing Sandhills estate to the town centre a mile away. According to TRICS (the national traffic forecasting model), traffic from the 275 new homes was predicted to lead to over 1,400 car trips a day. But the reality has been that only 561 new daily trips have occurred. Even when the existing estate at Sandhills is taken account of, traffic is down by a quarter on forecasts. What is extraordinary is that this modal shift has been achieved with only a fraction of what was originally planned for the Southern Leighton Buzzard housing development . To achieve this level of modal shift it was seen as vital that the Da...

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