LIFE IN MY NORTHERN TOWN
I MUST have missed the article in the Observer.
Maybe it was buried on page 6 or 7 – just after the report of a serious chip pan fire at Mrs Giddin’s house.
Which article, I hear you ask?
Well, the one that said that buried treasure had been found on Whitworth Road. Or was it King Arthur’s skeleton? Or they may have struck oil.
Anyway, whatever it was, I missed it; which was annoying as I was hoping for some explanation why they are digging up Whitworth Road again.
Yes, I do understand that there are services running underneath the road and, yes, they do need repairing now and again but this is just getting ridiculous.
In fact, I don’t think there has been a single day this year where there has not been some temporary traffic lights set up somewhere along the road.
And even as I thump away at my keyboard like a demented chimp, there are the dreaded three-way lights at Healey Corner. Again. What on earth is going on? The place will end up with more scars than Jon Snow off Game of Thrones – and, yes, I do watch it.
Maybe it has been caused by waiting traffic, as most days it is at a standstill thanks to the new traffic lights at Townhead junction. Let’s not get started on that one.
Perhaps the combined effect of two miles of motorists banging their heads against their steering wheels was too much for the road to take.
We thought we had seen the last of it when they laid the cables all the way down to Rochdale from the new wind generators up Whitworth – you know, the ones that are now used to power the kettle in the council offices at Riverside. That seemed to last for months.
And it’s not so much the roadworks themselves which are annoying as the lack of anybody doing any work around them.
Honestly, I have seen more activity at the sloth enclosure at the zoo.
So I am sending a plea to United Utilities or British Gas or Channel 4 Time Team or whoever is digging up the road this week please, please just fix it properly so that you don’t have to dig it all up again at the first sign of frost and I don’t have to add an extra day on my journey into town.
Not much to ask, is it?