As anyone who commutes into and around Cardiff will tell you, traffic congestion in the capital is a growing problem. Busy roads, slow traffic lights and long queues can leave motorists fuming, and I am sad to admit I have on more than one occasion been the victim of serious “road rage”.
Congestion has forced Cardiff Bus to extend the scheduled journey times of some of its services, to give buses that regularly ran late as a result of traffic jams more time to reach their destination.
Traffic was also a prevalent issue throughout the Ryder Cup – pupils in Newport and Cardiff even got the day off to ease congestion! And as Cardiff city centre becomes pedestrianised, numerous roads have been closed off to motorists, and drivers are often sat in lengthy traffic jams.
Plans to create a futuristic transport system of light rail networks in the capital are currently on hold. The plans envisaged an automated taxi service, taking people around Cardiff in driverless cars on a dedicated track with journeys paid by smart card. The ULTra (Urban Light Transport) project aimed to link Cardiff Bay with the city centre and Cathays Park, in a £45 million project to help solve growing traffic congestion.
On this map I have highlighted some of the spots most affected by traffic congestion and busy roads. It will be interesting to see the results of the road works on Castle street, which are due to be completed by the end of October. Cardiff council’s executive member for transport, Delme Bowen, has assured locals that traffic flow will improve once the road works are finished.
Check out my map: