thirdcrank wrote:I've feared all along that any form of graduated road pricing would lead to the sale of satnav programs to guide drivers onto the cheapest routes ie the quietest routes.
In Southampton we've already seen how satnavs and tolls affect driving habits. The Itchen Bridge is a toll bridge into and out of the city centre from one side of the river. I know two lorry drivers now that changed their routes to the free Northam Bridge and the smaller Cobden Bridge (the latter is shared with lots of riders from the Unis, school kids etc) after realising how much the Itchen route was costing them. Many locals take the same approach too.
Satnavs too have had an affect. Many of the drivers here discuss the traffic jams and they will take the back streets now. St James View in Shirley used to be dead quiet 20 years ago. Now it has regular motor traffic attempting to bypass the jams on the main roads. You can hear it at lunchtime in our restaurant where they'll discuss routes and how busy it is.