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“Drivers stuck in roadworks for more than an hour blast TFGM” (clueless people comment on stuff they don’t understand).

"Drivers stuck in roadworks for more than an hour blast TFGM" (clueless people comment on stuff they don't understand).

“Drivers stuck in roadworks for more than an hour blast TFGM” (clueless people comment on stuff they don’t understand).



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  1. For some background. These are the Manchester Salford Inner Ring Road improvement works. When completed, they will provide increased capacity to the ring road, and some minor benefits to cyclists and pedestrians also. This is a much needed project as the ring road is totally not fit for purpose, leaving people instead using residential and city centre streets, causing pollution and congestion right outside houses and schools.

    While I’d prefer these nasty junctions had better provision for cyclists and pedestrians planned (honestly, some of them like the Regent Road one just need a massive ped/cycle bridge rather than 20 pedestrian islands), improving the ring road will take cars away from streets like Deansgate and such, leaving them free for people. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if Deansgate didn’t get a bus gate and cycleways fitted like Oxford Road after these works, as the Ring Road would then be a suitable alternative.

    These works have been promoted for months, with tfgm saying there will be 40-60 min delays at times, and urging people to travel at less busy times of day, take the bus, walk, cycle etc. But for some reason, people are still electing to drive, causing these massive traffic jams, and then complaining about the very jam they are causing? Some of the comments are hilarious.

    >“Absolute joke this, local people are getting so p***ed off with this now, we can’t get anywhere in reasonable time anymore. Something needs to be done fast but what?”

    Something IS being done. They are adding more capacity on the ring road.

    >“Why don’t they do this at this night time like they do on motorways, this route is the most used route from Manchester to Salford and is worst on a normal day.”

    How do you expect them to tear up half the road at night, re-develop the layout, and then have the road open at full capacity again by morning?

    >Janet Wolstenholme said: “How are people expected to get to work/school/college? Why isn’t this being done later at night so it doesn’t cause as much disruption?”

    It’s almost as if that for at least 50% of the drivers in the traffic jams, they could be on public transport, or cycling, instead of blindly choosing driving as if it were the only option and sitting in a 60 minute traffic jam. Imagine how far you could cycle in 60 mins, even a slow person could get 10 miles.

    25% of car journeys in Manchester are under 1km. Get out of your cars and there would be no traffic issues you lazy fuckers.

  2. I either walk or get the bus into Manchester depending on the weather. Seeing stuff like this just makes me smile so much, EVERY SINGLE one of those drivers is to blame for the traffic they are causing and yet they all they can do is blame all the others and defend their own journeys.

  3. This whole road has been a nightmare for as long as I can remember. I feel sorry for some of those caught in the madness but part of me is thinking why are these improvements taking 12 months?

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    There are countries that would have this work done in 3 months and we should learn more from them about how its done. Part of me suspects its an issue of not wanting to put our hands in our pockets and pay for work to be done around the clock.

  4. OT – does anyone here commute on the A34 through Handforth? The roadworks there have lasted at least three years now with who knows how many hours wasted by all affected in the daily jams.

  5. Unpopular opinion?: Increase the road capacity and more people will drive on those roads. Whilst it needs doing, I’d be keen to see the Beelines idea come to fruition as we are a fat, lazy country who needs to start cycling. Manchester is for the most part flat, it just needs the infrastructure in place to encourage people to cycle.

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