Bemused on comments about sothern by-pass
PUBLISHED: 17:26 07 April 2008 | UPDATED: 10:20 04 May 2010
I AM bemused by the comments made regarding the Southern by-pass. On the one-hand, the traffic jams on Angel Drove are so bad that they justify a £12m spend, but on the other hand the traffic noise from the new road will not cause a problem because the tr
I AM bemused by the comments made regarding the Southern by-pass. On the one-hand, the traffic jams on Angel Drove are so bad that they justify a £12m spend, but on the other hand the traffic noise from the new road will not cause a problem because the traffic will observe the 40 mph limit and there won't be that much traffic. It will be a miracle if people observe the speed limit - they certainly don't observe the 20 mph limits locally and there are little in the way of speed checks around the city. The answer to the problem on Angel Drove is simple. The Tesco car park is never more than about 70 per cent full. There is a huge grass verge around the perimeter that is presumably council owned. With the change of hands of the land opposite the council has the opportunity to widen the road to accommodate four lanes of traffic. Because the main problem is caused by lorries held up on the crossing, there can be three lanes. One for cars heading for the tunnel, one for lorries that can be stacked at the crossing, and one for traffic for the city centre. This would be of minimal cost to tax payers and there'd be enough in the budget for a pedestrian walk way to boot. Common sense really, but that's what appears to be lacking in many council decisions. Incidentally, you do get traffic noise that travels a considerable distance from a two lane by-pass, and this would amplify were the road to be of the height needed to fly over the overhead railway lines, and what a blot on the landscape.
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