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Surviving the walk to school each morning

All quiet on the Western Front?

Wednesday was a bit different.  My daughter wants to take part in the pre-school sports clubs, laid on in part to hopefully reduce morning peak period traffic.  So, instead of setting off after 8.30, we were walking along Broad Lane just before 8 o’clock.

What a difference that half hour makes.  The road was quiet, with very few vehicles about.  This continued all the way to school.  If only it could be like this every morning.

Walking to school at this earlier time, we actually saw the bin lorry coming out of Mill Lane.  That’s three weeks in a row the refuse crew have steered clear of the morning peak period.

Thank you, it is making a difference for everyone who uses this road.

I popped back to school at the normal time, to pick up some letters.  This was more like we’ve become used to, the traffic volumes and vehicles squeezing through.  It reminded me of an item on this morning’s BBC North West news.  In Oldham, because there’s so much bad driving, parking illegally and blocking of residents’ driveways, the council have just started enforcement action.  Apparently, it’s all thanks to a school pupil telling the local paper about her unsafe feelings walking to school.

A local councillor has said: “Many local schools and residents suffer from the behaviour of thoughtless drivers who use restricted zones when dropping off and collecting children. If you are breaking the law, we will take action.”

Can we have one of those cars for Nantwich please?

Wednesday’s scores out of 10:
Traffic volume: 7
Stupid/careless parking: 0
Manners: 9
No. of cars parking illegally:0
Fast Forward
Thursday’s walk was again calm, at least by Broad Lane morning peak standards anyway.  The road was still full of traffic, however people were hanging back, common sense seemed to prevail.

I really hope that this is a sign of things to come.  It would be fantastic if road users are becoming more aware of each other and pedestrians.  If that’s the case, I for one will be very happy.

Perhaps the people who own the hedges that take up much of the footpath could trim them back?  That would allow parents to walk alongside their children, instead of walking single file.

Wednesday was the final day for public comments on two planning applications for “Nantwich South”.  Judging by the activity on the council’s planning website, plenty of people have sent in objections to the proposed development.  Many of these objections cite the already clogged roads around Nantwich as a major concern.

I was struck, after the past couple of quiet days, how this improving situation would be shattered if the development were to go ahead.  What would it be like with another 150 vehicles trying to negotiate Broad Lane every drop-off?
Thursday’s scores out of 10:
Traffic volume: 6
Stupid/careless parking: 0
Manners: 9
No. of cars parking illegally:0


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