As a road user in Calderdale I never cease to be amazed by the lack of intelligence employed in its traffic management.
I and many others regularly held in in Sowerby Bridge, the reason almost always is nothing. No broken down vehicle, no crash; just the mind-numbing stupidity of the traffic lights. In other European countries it has long been custom to adjust traffic lights giving precedence to the needs of the majority, ie to let commuters flow into town in the morning and away in the evening and letting those on more minor roads and pedestrians wait a little longer at these times, but making things better for everyone via reduced congestion.
Why do we Brits, who have come up with so many good ideas and brought civilisation to the world have to lag behind and operate with the logic of a banana republic?
With increased traffic on our roads why is Calderdale Council taking every opportunity to narrow them? In this economic crisis it seems to have more money that my old croquet partner, the Sultan of Brunei, to spend on schemes unnecessary schemes such as the one at King Cross, which has made a massive turning lane for a cul-de-sac. Now anyone turning there has as much road space as anyone commuting in or out of Halifax. Isn’t that silly? I think they are under the misapprehension that bumper to bumper traffic is safer - I very much doubt it. Pedestrians are more likely to try and cross inappropriately against slow cars and more likely to rear-end each other if they constantly having to brake.
It seems some council department is on a mission and over funded. Maybe they should do some reassessing and stop trying to be the nanny state. Pedestrians are not idiots, they don’t need a crossing every 10 metres with massive ramps protruding into the road capable of accommodating a herd of wilderbeast. Further, I’m sure Calderdale Council would claim to be environmentally friendly but roads that run freely produce a lot less pollution than log jams.
Leaving aside the issue of a town bypass, with a little thought Sowerby Bridge could be freed up from the grimy bottleneck it is known as - an enlightened thinker would do something to facilitate the increased traffic from all the new homes, superstore and new leisure centre.
Congestion could be eased, pollution reduced. The public does prefer not to be choked by car fumes, so may more people would choose to stop and shop there too. Everyone could be a winner. So why is Calderdale Council not doing any of this? I think they should all sit down and have a nice chat, drop some cliquets and come up with some sensible ideas. Wouldn’t that be lovely.
I do hope you all enjoyed reading my letter. If you do agree please do let Calderdale Council know. They are more likely to listen to several sensible people than just one like me.
Thank you all. Do have a good day.
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