Bryanston Park Preservation Group

Effects of Traffic Congestion

The traffic flow in the East Street, Market Place and Salisbury Street areas of Blandford is at best slow and at worst a traffic jam. This area constitutes what is technically known as a 'street canyon' because of the high buildings and it being at the bottom of a slope, which allows motor vehicle exhaust emissions to accumulate and concentrate to dangerous levels for health. The more traffic there is, the worse it gets.

Diesel fumes from the buses which park up at the bus stops on East Street, opposite the Church, and West Street, and any lorries travelling through the town centre, are known to be carcinogenic, as recognised recently by the World Health Organisation. They cause not only lung cancer but research shows they may cause bladder cancer as well.  In addition, petrol fumes exacerbate Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Asthma and other lung problems.

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