The impact of the car on the City of Portsmouth and how it affects people and place

Harrison, Alexander (2007) The impact of the car on the City of Portsmouth and how it affects people and place. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    The title of the dissertation is: The impact of the car on the City of Portsmouth and how it affects people and place. It specifically focuses on the key issues of traffic congestion and air pollution; the dependency on the car amongst residents within Portsmouth; the detrimental affect this is having on them and the wider population and what schemes the Council are instigating to tackle the problems. I have used a variety of different media sources to gain a sound working knowledge to undertake my research. This ranges from current research literature on the issue at hand, Census data, information directly from the Portsmouth City Council and also my own research in the form of a questionnaire. The research carried out determined that residents within the 5 AQMAs in Portsmouth which have higher levels of nitrogen dioxide than the Government set objective of 40 [mu]g/m3 are highly dependent upon private vehicles. High car ownership is evident with no low emission alternative fuelled cars used. The high dependency consequently adds to the traffic volume on the roads causing increased traffic congestion and air pollution. The link between poor air quality and increases in respiratory related illnesses was proven from the study. Residents were highly dissatisfied with the alternatives to the car and it was therefore necessary, to establish what proposed schemes that the City Council aims to introduce to improve traffic congestion and air quality within. The schemes that had been highlighted by Ben Burfoot an Environmental Protection Officer on the City Council along with the Local Transport Plan were strongly supported by the residents surveyed along with the online survey that was carried out by the Council.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Department of Geography
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:14
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/410

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