The research also strengthens the case of those arguing for a reversal of the road hierarchy to one favouring public transport over private - which incorporates a public transport "carrot" (smooth flow of buses) with a private transport "stick" (reduced private road space).
A first step in the right direction is to combat the blocking of bus lanes with the use of cameras fitted to the front of buses to identify offending motorists - currently being piloted in North London.
Many urban car users will be reticent to leave their car at home if alternative transport is not seen to be quicker.
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