Road functions are changing in town

PUBLISHED: 11:07 02 November 2006 | UPDATED: 11:08 06 May 2010

Wisden Road in Stevenage

Wisden Road in Stevenage

SIR – Does anyone else have a problem with the way Wisden Road (south) is used as a rat run? As I write I am sitting at my window on a pleasant Sunday afternoon, and while a few of those motorists who use Wisden Road to circumvent Grace Way are travelling

SIR - Does anyone else have a problem with the way Wisden Road (south) is used as a rat run?

As I write I am sitting at my window on a pleasant Sunday afternoon, and while a few of those motorists who use Wisden Road to circumvent Grace Way are travelling at reasonable speeds, many, indeed most, do not.

This affects me in two ways; speeding motorists cause a good deal more noise pollution than those whose presence is barely audible at the regulation 30mph; also Wisden Road has no dedicated pavement by which pedestrians may access the bus stop, which means waking on the road or grass - or mud as it is known outside the summer. I hate to trot out a well worn cliché, but one day someone will die as a result.

There seems to me to be two basic solutions; either lay a pavement and hand out ear plugs or police the road, however sleepily.

Finally on our 60th birthday, it seems worth noting that the roads in Stevenage were designed to fulfil different functions; roads such as Wisden (once a crescent) were never intended to act as conduits to main roads like Martins Way.

If its function has changed, then some other changes are needed to accommodate it.

KEVIN McCLINTOCK

Wisden Road

Stevenage

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