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Old 22-01-2020, 11:11 AM   #1
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Default Rush hour traffic!!!!!!!

I drive for a living, but luckily, I very rarely drive in rush hour and definitely not in a city. Today was an eye opener.

This morning I dropped No.2 child at a training course. On the way there, I was aware of all the oncoming headlights and the sense of dread came over me. I mentally ticked off all the short cuts and back streets as not worth it. It took me fifteen minutes to drop him off and just over seventy to get back home. Seventy minutes to drive seven miles. I can run it in less than that* and not break a sweat.

Is it always that bad?

*Admittedly, I couldn't run it carrying No.2 child.
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Old 22-01-2020, 12:02 PM   #2
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I drive for a living, but luckily, I very rarely drive in rush hour and definitely not in a city. Today was an eye opener.

This morning I dropped No.2 child at a training course. On the way there, I was aware of all the oncoming headlights and the sense of dread came over me. I mentally ticked off all the short cuts and back streets as not worth it. It took me fifteen minutes to drop him off and just over seventy to get back home. Seventy minutes to drive seven miles. I can run it in less than that* and not break a sweat.

Is it always that bad?

*Admittedly, I couldn't run it carrying No.2 child.
in certain areas yes
one of the reasons we left Stockport
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Old 22-01-2020, 01:26 PM   #3
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You should live in Hebden and commute to huddersfield mate. (13 miles)
The morning drive isn’t too bad. I leave at 6am and it’s usually 30 minutes door to door.
Coming home at 4, on a good day is just over an hour, on an average day it’s about 80 minutes and on a bad day it can be 2 hours.
Flood alleviation scheme being the reason
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Yeah, I almost never drive to work and when I ‘have’ to I instantly regret it. Awful.
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You should live in Hebden and commute to huddersfield mate. (13 miles)
The morning drive isnít too bad. I leave at 6am and itís usually 30 minutes door to door.
Coming home at 4, on a good day is just over an hour, on an average day itís about 80 minutes and on a bad day it can be 2 hours.
Flood alleviation scheme being the reason
Ah, the Mytholmroyd roadworks. How I don't envy you. My parents live in Tod and my dad has to go to Halifax hospital on regular basis.
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Each morning I have to do site visits as part of my job. This morning was a bad one for me. Due to needing to be there when the staff I manage were also there meant I was on the road when lots of others were too, and it was across the opposite side of town to where I live. I got caught in works traffic and the school run. Over half an hour to do 4 miles, in amongst those who are lost or impatient and don't care about safety. I shall be using public transport for the second part of my split shift today.
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Your first post sounds like a Top Gear challenge.
The producers want us to drive 7 miles in 70 mins, I can run faster.
Today I have to face an even greater challenge. Take the wife to visit her mother. It's only about 3 miles or so away but that's not the problem it's just the Mother in Law, her partner plus the Sister in Law will be visiting as well. Oh happy days.
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Seriously? Try this.

Here in Suffolk we have the biggest container port in Europe, and all of that traffic has to use an ‘A’ class road because Suffolk doesn’t have a single mile of motorway.

When that traffic, (and there is an unbelievable volume of it) goes past IPSWICH it crosses the river Orwell as that is the only route.

Yesterday, for the 3rd time so far this year the bridge had to close because of an RTI.

People were stuck for 5 hours in a gridlock situation that totally paralysed every single road for about 10 Square miles of Suffolk.

It has to be seen to be believed.

Most folk, like myself - just take a day off work because it just isn’t worth going out onto the roads.

It beggars belief that in a so called ‘developed country’ this situation happens time and time again.

The cost of upgrading road and rail infrastructure is huge, but must be minuscule when compared to the money that is actually lost by tens of thousands of individuals throughout this region.
Combine that with the extra losses suffered by haulage companies and associated businesses and I cannot believe how this situation can continue to be ignored.

The people that are empowered to sort this out really are Wanktards of the first order.
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Tempting. Very, very tempting

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The cost of upgrading road and rail infrastructure is huge, but must be minuscule when compared to the money that is wasted on HS2
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