TOO LATE TO BE DRIVERS’ PAL

Accrington Observer - - YOUR VIEWS -

IN your re­port on Ac­cring­ton hav­ing the worst traf­fic con­ges­tion in the coun­try (Septem­ber 14) you quote Hyn­d­burn’s MP, Gra­ham Jones, and lo­cal coun­cil­lors, who all high­light the prob­lems that ev­ery driver try­ing to get into, or out of, Ac­cring­ton at peak times knows only too well.

It’s all well and good them cry­ing their croc­o­dile tears and promis­ing to do some­thing about it, but where were they when the “plan­ners” de­cided to put bus-stops on main roads op­po­site each other, so that the grid­lock was com­pounded when two buses trav­el­ling in op­po­site direc­tions ar­rived at the same time?

Where were they when the ridicu­lous white ele­phant known as “Pen­nine Reach” was carv­ing up the main high­ways to cre­ate des­ig­nated bus lanes?

Where were they when the per­son who de­signed the phas­ing of the traf­fic lights at the Sparth Road junc­tion in Clay­ton de­cided that at peak times the main road should have only three cars go­ing through be­fore they turned back to red?

Where were they when the dis­as­ter known as the Hare and Hounds junc­tion in Clay­ton was de­signed?

Jump­ing on the band­wagon of try­ing to be seen as the mo­torists’ friend is too late.

If they had spo­ken up when they should have done the prob­lem would be nowhere near as bad as it now is. Les Moore Great Har­wood

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