What's the rush?
I WOULD like to support the letter printed on September 20 by Roy Hatfield of Elburton. As a passenger in our car, I happened to be reading the Your Say page of The Herald as we were driving towards Plymstock on the above date at about 3pm. We drove very slowly along Exeter Street, in the correct lane as the traffic in the much faster Plympton lane passed us all by.
We guessed that quite a few of the cars passing us would force their way into our lane on the Cattedown Roundabout to travel towards Plymstock (we've done this before you know).
Our lane crawled along, and lo and behold, as we got to the roundabout, in the three minutes it took for us to negotiate the roundabout, one car, jumped in two cars ahead and also blocked the box junction and another changed into our lane one car behind us.
You could say neither of these cars directly affected us but in the long run they affected everyone in this never ending queue.
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I would like, for these drivers, to tell us all, through The Herald's Your Say page, why their needs were obviously more important than the rest of ours; that they would risk causing an accident through their forceful driving. If they have a genuine reason for their behaviour, I will sympathise publicly with them.
I can see the police being called to this kind of scene in the future, if it has not already happened. May I suggest the same as happened some years ago at the top of Royal Parade, the occasional placing of a policeman to direct the different lanes in the right directions, or, as Mr Hatfield suggests, the placing of cones in the correct order, or even a combination of both measures. It could be on an irregular basis but I am sure it would help speed up the Plymstock-bound lane. It shouldn't be Russian roulette on this roundabout for motorists.
We have this until November and as a former builder/developer I know, properly planned, this work should have been included in last year's main contract. My boss would have had a fit if we had to return, in such a short time, to alter things. So whoever ordered this upheaval should be responsible for making it as smooth as possible. Motorists are Plymouth's main lifeblood, both workers and shoppers.
By the way, we passed the roadworks at 1.40pm and at 3.30pm on this day and, apart from one man with a stop/go sign, –we saw no one else.
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