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Bitterne Traffic Scheme

On the buses in Southampton, as this traffic scheme tried to end commuter misery by prioritising public transport

Documentary 1974 15 mins


Convinced that every traffic scheme is designed to turn the lights red just as you approach? This breakdown of a new traffic scheme on a bottleneck route into Southampton reveals just how complex these systems can be. Aimed at town planners rather than longsuffering commuters, the "bigger picture" of 90,000 man hours saved annually means more than the somewhat underwhelming 3 minute improvement to daily journey times for the average punter.

This government film is a public record, preserved and presented by the BFI National Archive on behalf of The National Archives, home to more than 1,000 years of British history.