Short cut saves time but costs money for some
WITH the ring road works well under way, some motorists are being tempted to try and get round traffic barriers.
Nowhere is this more in evidence than at the Shell garage on the junction of Somerset Road and Canterbury Road, which has unwittingly added the provision of a convenient short cut to its usual services.
After weeks watching pedestrians taking cover as motorists try to avoid another circuit of the town, special constable Ashley Heathcote decided enough was enough.
He has become a familiar sight in his luminous jacket as he waits by the roadworks to check motorists cutting through the garage forecourt.
And for some, the prospect of 10 minutes saved rapidly becomes a £60 fine.
The officer said cutting through the forecourt is not technically illegal, as it is a public right of way.
He said: “I’ve been checking vehicles over as they come through, using the opportunity to check for insurance.
“I do sympathise with people, but that doesn’t mean you can terrify pedestrians.”
It also seems his presence has knock on benefits for business, as motorists spot him and suddenly remember they have an important item to buy in the garage shop.
Construction work on the ring road this week will see the narrowing of Station Road to two lanes during the day.
From 7pm to 6am, until Saturday, Station Road will be down to one lane at the Elwick Road junction with possible diversions around Beaver Road roundabout or through Church Road.
Special constable Ashley Heathcote stopping cars outside the Shell garage in Canterbury Road