Mad, scary and bad

Surviving the walk to school each morning

It’s behind you

Do you ever have the feeling that all the action is happening behind you?

The walk today seemed relatively quiet, the usual face-offs between cars where neither driver can see how to get out of the situation.  Turning to look back up the road, it became clear why they were struggling.  Behind us was one of the worst logjams I’ve seen in a while, stretching south past Mill Lane and beyond the 30 mph signs.  That’s over a quarter of a mile of stationary traffic!

Travelling south, there were just two cars in the queue, thanks to a very thoughtful and switched on driver who waited opposite the school.  Their action held back the southbound traffic behind them and stopped things getting even worse.

There’s video coming later, check back to see what it was like.

 “… there are no issues with traffic in the southern end of Nantwich”

(Colin Muller, Stapeley Parish Council meeting, 8th November 2012), reported in Nantwich News.

Maybe Mr Muller hasn’t seen this blog?  Perhaps he has never driven in the southern end of Nantwich during the morning or evening periods, or spoken with anyone that has?

To someone sitting at their desk, in an office away from this area, the technical data for Broad Lane may well look fine.  But, and this is a big but, numbers do not reflect the reality of the primary school and the traffic, parking and pedestrian journeys that it generates.  Let alone the mayhem that results when a goods vehicle tries to negotiate the road at these times.

A visitor to Broad Lane during the peak periods will see the full impact of current traffic.  The impact that has been captured in hundreds of photos, more than 20 videos and numerous incident accounts, both on this blog and in the RAGE incident log.

How much worse it will be if Muller’s figures for traffic growth from Nantwich South come to pass.  Figures that could be said to be conservative.  Based on these figures, we would see over 50% more vehicles during the peak periods (that’s around 150 more lorries, cars, buses and goods vehicles trying to squeeze down this already congested road).  All whilst parents and children are trying to get to or from school, safely.  And the picture is very similar along Peter de Stapeleigh Way, Audlem Road/Wellington Road.

At yesterday’s meeting, Cllr Peter Groves summed it up: “With so many homes and 1.7 cars per home, the reality is we would face utter gridlock. Everyone who lives here knows what it is like, it is a complete nightmare.”

Today’s scores out of 10:
Traffic volume: 8
Stupid/careless parking: 0
Manners: 5
No. of cars parking illegally:0

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