Edinburgh commuters are set to become the first in a UK wide scheme to experience no red traffic lights when driving in and around the city. The pilot scheme, called Project Amber Green will transform Edinburgh traffic by making the city centre a no stopping, congestion free zone. The aim of the project is to support the local council, businesses, and commuters.
The scheme has been inspired by major concerns regarding increased congestion and traffic waiting time in all major cities in the UK. Studies on urban transport development integration have shown that with the current system this congestion will only increase in volume and intensity, requiring a dramatic transformation of the current system.
According to Project Amber Green the solution is simple – get rid of red lights. Too good to be true? Apparently not, as the scheme is about to be rolled out in Edinburgh with organisers insisting the initiative will have a positive impact on traffic and the general wellbeing of drivers, pedestrians and the environment.
This utopian vision of a world without red lights has come under some criticism, claiming the solution is too simplistic. However, Project Amber Green has rebutted this claim by sending out detailed plans of the system infrastructure to those opposed to the scheme and have set up an online poll available to all UK residents and drivers. To gauge public opinion on a decision which will potentially affect every single driver and the entire system of traffic and driving regulation, the results of poll will be made available to Government officials. A majority vote in favour of the scheme could be a major boost towards the project getting the green light for go ahead.
In a recent statement, Project Amber Green spokesperson, Jo-Anne King said “After extensive research the evidence is overwhelming that Project Amber Green project will work; we are so close to having cities with less pollution and happier drivers getting quickly and safely to [their] destinations. There is a clear requirement to make the UK a safer, traffic friendly place and getting rid of red is the way to do it.”
For more information and to voice your opinion, visit www.projectambergreen.org
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