What a nightmare it is becoming to venture out on our roads and face the triple whammy of heavy traffic, creaking infrastructure and lousy driving.
Being retired, I do not need to use the road network as much as in my working days and so can pick and choose my time when to make journeys – heaven help those poor souls who have to endure the rush hour into our towns in the weekday mornings and evenings, year in, year out.
Even with this advantage, a journey of any reasonable distance is still a considerable trial that I no longer look forward to. I recently had to travel from Lynn to Huntingdon, and even setting off mid-morning I found the volume of traffic on the roads daunting.
Even before I reached the Hardwick Roundabout, coming down the bypass from the Woottons, I was soon into heavy, slow-moving traffic, and after I had cleared Lynn, heading towards Wisbech, it got worse, especially once I reached the old road on the bank of the River Nene leading to Guyhirn.
This stretch of road has not improved a jot since I was a teenager, in the early 1960s, travelling over to Peterborough by motor scooter for a day release course on journalism. It was a lousy piece of road which I dreaded then and it’s still a lousy road today.
From Guyhirn, I left the A47 and took the A141 road to March, Chatteris, Warboys and on to Huntingdon. If I had thought the volume of traffic would ease heading across the wide open prairies of the black Fens, I was to be sorely mistaken.
By now the relentless strain of a never-ending stream of traffic was starting to get to me, and I was really relieved when I finally reached my destination. And that was only the half of it, as I still had to make the return journey to get home, which, even though later in the day, was no easier in terms of the volume of traffic, which just rolls on 24/7.
As for the infrastructure, judging by the number of potholes I had to dodge on the A47, some serious repair work is needed pretty soon – which in turn will lead to more delays. It’s a tough problem and one that our newly-elected MPs need to tackle urgently.
While the volume of traffic must be creating a growing strain on motorists, there is no excuse for the increasing incidences of dangerous driving I have experienced in the last year.
Most noticeable is the number of people hurtling through traffic lights long after they have turned to red. The ‘amber gamblers’ who used to dash through on the orange light seem tame compared with the current generation of lunatics.
With modern technology, surely there must be some way of the police clamping down on this selfish lunacy before innocent motorists are maimed or killed.