An end to Rectory debate
PUBLISHED: 11:31 29 June 2006 | UPDATED: 10:23 06 May 2010
How much more do we have to take over Rectory Lane. Is this really the only road in Stevenage to have a traffic problem? My suggestion is to shut the road, but at the north road end as this is the most dangerous part of the road as traffic is trying to pu
How much more do we have to take over Rectory Lane. Is this really the only road in Stevenage to have a traffic problem?
My suggestion is to shut the road, but at the north road end as this is the most dangerous part of the road as traffic is trying to pull out into the fast flow of traffic. This will solve the dangerous situation at North Road as well as reducing the traffic which will stop all the rat run traffic, including that from the residents of Rectory Lane who obviously add to their own traffic problem. Further, close Almond Lane just before Weston Road (residential road). That will prevent rat run traffic going through the old town and reduce traffic volume there. Now everyone in that area heading towards the A1(M) or the old town will have to use the infamous dual carriageway. Shouldn't be a problem as the residents of Rectory Lane seem to think it is empty during the day. Obviously they have not ever tried to cross Great Ashby Way as the traffic speeds towards Canterbury Way and the dual carriageway, nor have they sat for 15-20 minutes in traffic queues on the same dual carriageway.
As I am sure all the residents of Rectory Lane are now fuming and claiming this is a ridiculous suggestion as they would no longer be able to dash out onto North Road. Just bear in mind that it is no more ridiculous than the suggestion of closing St Albans link. Rat run traffic does not take the shortest route, they take the quickest route, even if it is longer. Rectory Lane would see no reduction in traffic as they will use Almond Lane instead.
I think everyone is now sick of hearing about Rectory Lane and the inconvenience of a few people. If the road is so unsuitable for the residents then why live there. I did like the idea of removing enough trees, hedges, walls etc to create a dual carriageway. A typical answer for a solution that would actually work but devalue properties. If it a reasonable suggestion make it sound ridiculous. No one has ever suggested making Rectory Lane a dual carriageway.
Can Rectory Lane please be put on the scrap pile as yesterday's news.
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