[sustran] Re: [UTSG] Transitioning countries, traffic operations and demands for expensive engineering solutions

Alan P Howes alan at ourpeagreenboat.co.uk
Sun Oct 31 19:44:28 JST 2010

Unfortunately, Rob, the problem is political, not technical. 

The location you describe could well be India - last time I was there
(planning buses in Mumbai), I found myself participating in an anti-[new]
road demo in Pune, along with Sujit Patwardhan, a name you may recognise. I
have never found it necessary to attend such a demo in the UK!

Regards, Alan

Alan P Howes
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This question (below) from the UK's UTSG list looks like a case that will be
familiar to many sustran-discussers. Robert Bain might appreciate your
insights, references or cases. I don't think he is on this list, so cc him
if you direct your answers to sustran-discuss.


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Robert Bain <info at robbain.com>
Date: 29 October 2010 17:20
Subject: [UTSG] Transitioning countries, traffic operations and demands for
expensive engineering solutions
To: UTSG at jiscmail.ac.uk


If any list member is familiar with the following situation, could you
please get in touch with me on info at robbain.com

Two congested intersections impede the flow of traffic heading towards (and
away from) a city centre.  There are local calls to grade-separate the
intersections (expensive).  But effective operations at the intersections
are hampered by friction (eg. vendor stalls), uncontrolled parking, private
minibuses stopping at random etc.  Addressing these issues would go a long
way to improving vehicle throughput - but local powers insist on their grand
engineering solutions.

There must be case-studies which have examined such situations - that could
be used to counter the arguments for big engineering solutions.  Otherwise
we're not addressing the fundamental problem - and will soon face calls for
other expensive design solutions to be developed at other pinch-points on
the network.

Any thoughts or references, any one?


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