Problems in Developed Cities

Problems in Developed Cities

The existing problems of traffic and pedestrian congestion in Chester

are many and varied. The main ones are vehicles in the main shopping

streets and tourism to the historic areas of the cities, traffic

delays on the restricted approach to the city, delays to the bus

services, queuing for parking spaces and dangerous conditions for

pedestrians and cyclists.

There are numerous solutions to the congestion problems in Chester,

each of which brings its own advantages, but also disadvantages to the

City and its council. In selecting solutions to this problem, I will

need to assess the advantages and disadvantages of each to the

congestion problems. I will also have to take into account the

financial constraints and public inconveniences, such as road closures

that may result and put unacceptable strain on the functioning of the


A common suggestion to relieve city centre was to simply build more

car parks. Although this seems a simple solution, it does not

completely solve the problem. One of the main advantages to doing this

is that commuters and visiting tourists and shoppers are able to park

their car somewhere safe. In addition, it would probably relieve

congestion in the city centre considerably. This suggestion is likely

to please both the public and government as from building more car

parks, government also gain as they can collect revenue from ticket

prices and also, more car parks means that shoppers have easier access

to parking, which means that shops will have more customers. However,

building all of these car parks would be, perhaps, too expensive for

the government. Firstly, t...

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...em into the City, I feel that this is

an effective but costly solution to the congestion problem.

To conclude, I feel that increasing pedestrianised areas supported by

park and ride systems is possibly the best solution to the congestion

problem in Chester. This is because it will definitely reduce the

congestion in the areas where cars are banned and in consequence,

reduce pollution as well. Additionally, constructing access roads at

the rear of future business parks would reduce congestion and mean

that lorries would be taken off City centre Roads. If I were to choose

one of the two solutions, I would propose that increasing the

pedestrianised areas linked with park and ride access would prove most

cost-effective, manageable and above all, would relieve most

congestion without causing too much public inconvenience.
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