Thursday, February 21, 2013
I WAS pleased to read the stories to do with road traffic in March town. March does seem to have one or two hotspots as regards traffic.
Parking in Cavalry Drive during the school run, the speed of the traffic along Wimblington Road and the problems caused by people parking in the Station Road/Elm Road area of the town near the railway station.
I have found another place that I think is a dangerous stretch of road. It’s the bridge in Norwood Road, part of which does not have a footpath.
It is used by pedestrians and cars and the pedestrians have no choice but to walk on the road.
There is a fence at the side of the road and it appears that there is not enough space to widen the road to include a footpath at the side of it.
WITH regard to the comments made by Councillor Steve Count in regards to parking problems in Elm Road, March.
He has made great claim of how the town council has spoken to Network Rail about the station car park charges and that Network Rail declined to do so.
This is hardly surprising as Network Rail does not run the station or the car park. It is run by Great Anglia, which is a division of Nederlandse Spoorwegen (Netherlands Railways).
It is to this company that the request should have been made. The contact details for the company are displayed by the booking hall doorway.
The cars parked on the road are not all rail commuters (the station carpark is often full), many are customers of the Station Hotel or just people parking on the road outside their house.
The reason that many commuters drive to the station is quite simple. The local bus services are next to useless, start too late and finish too early.
The first bus of the day from Wisbech does not reach the station until 8.30am, just missing the trains to Cambridge and Peterborough. The last one back to Wisbech leaves before 5pm.
MY views about the problem, as a resident and taxpayer.
1. We now live in a society, inter alia, with more cars, where there are very selfish (and arrogant) attitudes.
2. Zero Tolerance – do we use this? Is there any real alternative because of what I have outlined above?
There are laws governing use of vehicles. Police enforce them. I have no need to be “politically correct” - actually, I think I am.
3. Yellow Lines – if they are justified introduce them. Use them in neighbouring roads as well if that is justified.
I understand it is not so much a balancing act but getting the overall balance right.
I make the point, again, I do not need to be “politically correct”. Having said that, a robust approach should receive overall approval.
Frankly, if we do not start using this treatment the situation is not going to improve. It goes way beyond parking unless, of course, we accept that the majority of society, including March, are selfish and arrogant.
I don’t think that way.