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OUR roads are in many ways the arteries of our economy, and no doubt the abnormal load of a gigantic steel cylinder crawling along the A1079 on the afternoon of August 27 was contributing to it.
But at what cost to other road users? While it might be difficult to put any cost on the loss of two precious hours with my very patient grandchildren, why was the cost of the miles-long queue of slow-moving commercial and private traffic not taken into account in the traffic management of this load?
Between Bishop Burton, through Market Weighton, and all the way to York, signs could have been placed to advise drivers that the abnormal load, sometimes stopping altogether, and generally moving at about 10mph, would cause long and costly delays.
Why was the Highway Code advice for slow vehicles to pull in to allow traffic to pass – frequently observed by tractor drivers – not followed at various observed opportunities?
And why was the movement of this abnormal load not restricted to off-peak hours? “I-Spy” exhausted, we hope for better traffic management.
David Lippiatt, Southfields Road, Strensall, York.
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