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This from Roger Cheeseman. Ed
Can I make a suggestion to the powers that be on Isle of Wight for partial alleviation of the Staplers Road closure debacle.
The problem can be helped by making Staplers one way into Newport from early morning (say 6am) until 2pm. At the latter time, the traffic flow is reversed to flow out of Newport.
It requires some thought and the contractor will have to change flows (and temporary signage) at each change of flow, but it could be done quickly.
Roads brought to a standstill
There will be some extra requirements on the contractor, but that has to be better than bringing roads into a major hub to a standstill.
It’s not rocket science and regular reversal of flow into and out of cities is common. I can cite Cardiff and Sheffield with permanent (automated) examples of this and San Francisco has had lane flow changes for a very long time.
Added cost, but for who?
I am sure there will be arguments against this because the contractor (and probably the council) will say it’s impossible.
I expect the contractor to disagree because it’s an added cost.
Let’s, for once, consider the people of this Island rather than the politicians and big business.