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Recession lowers traffic-levels. Hope for those who despair when sitting in rush-hour. You may not believe it, but less money in people’s pockets leads to less traffic on the road. Whether it’s because people have to sell their cars, can’t afford to buy new ones, or would rather share the cost of the petrol, the Norwegian Road Authority’s figures for the first two months of this year have been published. National phenomenon Although there was a 4.3 percent decrease in the amount of traffic in the east of the country, the highest of the figures, Trøndelag came a close second with 3.5 percent. Both the west and the north of the country had the lowest decrease, at 0.6 percent and 0.2 percent respectively. Local public transport

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Recession lowers traffic-levels

Published on Thursday, 16th April, 2009 at 23:43 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Hope for those who despair when sitting in rush-hour.

Car speedometer
Car speedometer
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You may not believe it, but less money in people’s pockets leads to less traffic on the road. Whether it’s because people have to sell their cars, can’t afford to buy new ones, or would rather share the cost of the petrol, the Norwegian Road Authority’s figures for the first two months of this year have been published.

National phenomenon

Although there was a 4.3 percent decrease in the amount of traffic in the east of the country, the highest of the figures, Trøndelag came a close second with 3.5 percent. Both the west and the north of the country had the lowest decrease, at 0.6 percent and 0.2 percent respectively.

Local public transport

According to Stavanger Aftenblad, Rogaland had a decrease of 1.8 percent in January, and 1.6 percent in February compared with the same period last year. Gunnar Eiterjord, head of Rogaland’s transport section, doesn’t believe that public transport is the reason for this decline.

“In the last ten years, we have seen a large increase in car-traffic. At the moment, public transport accounts for 10 percent of the traffic. If we wish to see a high increase in the amount of journeys using either the bus or train, the best we can hope for is a leveling-off in the growth of car-traffic”, he tells the paper.

Largest decrease

And Kjell Johansen from the Authority says that although the year is yet young

“if the trend of the first two months of this year continues, this will mean the largest decrease in the amount of car-related traffic since records began in 1960.”



Published on Thursday, 16th April, 2009 at 23:43 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: car, traffic, rogaland, decrease, public, transport.





  
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