So I drive from Harrogate to a town just west of Skipton (and back) every day. Closing the A59 to work on landslip prevention for 5 weeks is fair enough (even though it’s the 3rd year running they’ve done it).
I can live with that. Essential work. Big ticket roadworks. Serious civil engineering – stand back everybody.
What I can’t live with is that they have closed the parallel (ish) Hall Lane / North Moor Road into Kexgill. What should be a +3 mile / 5 min extra route turns into a +15 mile / 40 minute, depending in traffic in Otley) HGV friendly diversion. Apparently (according to the site foreman I spoke to) this is all because a resident complained about his road being used as a rat run. Same said foreman told me that the Police had instructed them to close that road. I spoke to the police who told me they had not done that at all and they shouldn’t cite them as the responsible party – it’s the Highways Agency / Council. My guess is that there’s a Daily Mail reading Harrogate Borough Councillor who lives down that road. I could be wrong.
I pay my road taxes. I’m not a HGV. My road gets used as a rat run and there’s nothing I can do about that. Surely the inconvenience of having increased traffic could be managed (ie – cars only, no LWB / HGV) so that the A59 Blubberhouses doesn’t cost the environment and good commuting folk of Yorkshire thousands of extra man hours and pounds of petrol. All that’s actually happening is that it’s moving the problem elsewhere – the even less suitable for increased traffic Beamsley road is getting hammered.