Mad, scary and bad

Surviving the walk to school each morning

Jam packed

Welcome to our final walk to school for this year, as Christmas holidays start tomorrow.  I’m glad not to be running the gauntlet for the next couple of weeks.

2012-12-20 photo 015 smallerBut what a finish to the school term it has been!

Our local pothole is growing larger by the hour.  Being difficult to spot at night, several vehicles have had tyres damaged or ruined by this massive hole.  There was much speculation on the footpath this morning about how big it would be when school returns next month.  Take a look below at how much it’s grown today.

Chaos reigned today, a combination of negotiating a broken down car, the pothole and the sheer volume of traffic (lorries and cars).  On the way back from school, the stand-off was bad, so I suggested to some drivers that they might want to reverse back into nearby spaces – enabling oncoming traffic to get by.  Even then, vehicles were driving up along the path. The only safe option was to shelter in a handy driveway until it was all unclogged.

2012-12-20 photo 011 smallerCongratulations – the final award of 2012 for stopping on zig-zags goes to this car driver, who stopped just north of the mayhem to drop their child off for school!!!!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pothole Cam

The red line show's yesterday's approximate size

The red line show’s yesterday’s approximate size

Our local pothole has grown overnight, it’s now around 3-4 feet in length and throwing up lots of debris onto the footpath. I’ve already heard of two cars that have had tyres ruined by this pothole. Another car was so badly damaged by the pothole that it had to be left on the side of the road. Not the best place to leave it, as the car is getting damaged by passing traffic, but at that time of night, the driver had little choice.

 

I hope you have a safe, relaxing and merry Christmas and New Year holiday.
See you in January.

Today’s scores out of 10:
Traffic volume: 9
Stupid/careless parking: 0
Manners: 6
No. of cars parking illegally:1

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2 thoughts on “Jam packed

  1. Helen Hewitt on said:

    Ive phoned highways this morning and explained how dangerous it is – especially considering the size and depth of the hole and that the road is not lit. Dread to think what will happen if a motorbike hits it 😦

    Hopefully the council will listen that it is very dangerous and needs immediate attention.

    • Looks like our combined efforts have resulted in some action. I spoke with a Cheshire East Highways team on Broad Lane at about 11:30 this morning. They’d just finished a temporary repair and survey of the road surface. So, for the moment at least, the danger has been mitigated.

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