Having read last week’s column by Marietta King, I could almost hear your regular correspondents breathing a collective sigh of relief, and reaching for their pens.
I’m not a political animal, but, either Ms King is blessed with some common sense, or she reads the letters page in the Journal. In one short column she has nailed the issue. As a number of us have been saying for some time, yes, of course the town needs the bypass, but what it probably doesn’t need is 7,000 more homes, populated by people who won’t work, shop or spend their leisure time in Grantham, because of the uncertain future traffic chaos that they will face if they do.
The current local politicians should be concerned; I suspect many will be tempted to vote for MsKing, just on this one issue alone (although I do appreciate that you could put a blue rosette on a labrador in Grantham, and some people would still vote for it).
A quick line on the subject of traffic chaos – can I congratulate the combined authorities of SKDC, Lincolnshire County Council Highways (ably assisted by Network Rail) for what is a masterstroke in their now obvious plan to bring Grantham to gridlock more often in 2015 – narrowing the road width under the rail bridge in Springfield Road. Previously, vehicles heading away from the London Road lights could pass the stationary traffic queuing under the bridge in the opposite direction – but not anymore. This should ensure that the traffic will queue back and through the London Road lights quite successfully, with obvious results.
Finally, well done to the authorities for not appreciating, or making any allowance for how popular M&S was going to be; negotiating London Road at that entrance and exit is now an absolute pleasure – Happy New Year!
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