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10/06/03
Trouble-Shooter Traffic Cops to Beef Up War on Congestion
- New squad to target London snarl-ups as they happen

A 130-strong hit-squad of specially trained police officers is being lined up by Ken Livingstone as the next step in beating traffic jams.

The London Mayor already counts the central London Congestion Charge as a success, with estimates on its effectiveness ranging from a 10% to a 40% cut in jams.

Now he wants a new Traffic Police Community Support group to sort out trouble spots as they happen and help prevent roadworks and the like escalate into gridlock.

"We should be able to get a lot out of this," said Peter Brown of Transport for London."The teams will look after all modes of transport including buses and cars. It is a way of forcing real improvements through on the network."

As well as ironing out difficulties at roadworks, the TPCS officers will be detailed to sort out serious junction hold-ups, illegal red-route parking, accident pile-ups and broken traffic-light incidents.




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