Town needs al­ter­na­tive route

Hinckley Times - - LETTERS -

DID I read in The Hinck­ley Times cor­rectly that ex­tend­ing a cy­cle route on Dean Road will “boost the econ­omy by tack­ling and im­prov­ing ac­cess to jobs and ed­u­ca­tion”? Is this a joke or in­ef­fec­tive use of a lim­ited pot of tax pay­ers’ money?

Per­haps the county coun­cil ought to en­gi­neer plans bet­ter and get things right first time to pre­serve cash for more worth­while projects. Ashby Rd/Derby Rd junc­tion and Des­ford Cross­roads are two dan­ger­ous bot­tle­necks re­cently men­tioned in the pa­per but both have had im­prove­ments in re­cent times at great cost and in­con­ve­nience and didn’t re­ally de­liver.

When Hinck­ley and Bos­worth Bor­ough coun­cil was Lib­dem led they were happy to sup­port speed cush­ions on Sta­tion Road but in re­al­ity have prob­a­bly made the junc­tion with Lan­caster Road worse - an­other white ele­phant project?

It is about time that Cllr David Bill re­alised the way to im­prove Hinck­ley traf­fic move­ments is to steer the tran­sit routes as far from the cen­tre as pos­si­ble. Many road ve­hi­cles visit Hinck­ley to ac­cess the main east/west route (M69) or north/south (M6 & A5). If mo­torists had a vi­able al­ter­na­tive the Hinck­ley con­ges­tion would evap­o­rate mak­ing the town a bet­ter place to walk/cy­cle/ bus and live. D Grif­fiths

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