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Letter: Ban those cars

Sir: Your article on the World Squares pedestrianisation project in London (17 April) asks where all the traffic will go. While we all now accept that new roads generate new traffic, many people have not yet grasped the corollary - that taking road space away reduces traffic.

It is unfortunate that many fine schemes for removing vehicles from our town centres fail to be implemented through unfounded concerns over the impact of displaced traffic. In most cases there will be a drop in total traffic. Princes Street in Edinburgh is a notable example.


Kinver, Staffordshire