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Salisbury Journal: The bus lane on Downton Road. The bus lane on Downton Road.

The Community Highways Administrative Office (Salisbury) is making good progress with its 2011 winter disruption scheme.

Following last year’s record number of potholes, and the previous year’s December shopping centre gas pipe renewals, CHAOS predicts even greater impact from its PBL – the Pointless Bus Lane now being provided on the A338 Downton Road.

Seriously, can anyone explain the thinking behind this scheme? Until now we’ve had two lanes of traffic. Most of drivers on the inside lane would turn left on to the A354 Blandford Road. Drivers in the right-hand lane would either head for Harnham, the city centre, the A36 or the A30. And it worked well. But now some genius – presumably someone wanting to encourage frustrated commuters to use the Britford Park & Ride – has decided to force car drivers into a single lane (see my photo).

This seems to be a pretty silly scheme because virtually all the buses using the inside lane will be turning right at the traffic lights to go into the city, while many of those in the outside lane must cut across them to turn left. This is going to end in tears. Bus lanes are a good idea, but not on through-routes. Still, maybe the PBL will prove an exception to the rule and succeed in cutting rush hour congestion. We shall soon find out.

Not ever having read much Jane Austen…

… I looked up the Companion to English Literature’s synopsis of Persuasion before going to see the new Playhouse production. Even so, it was pretty confusing, because most of the cast of ten had multiple roles. Thus character A would exit stage-left and reappear from stage-right moments later in a different wig or coat as character B or even C. It just didn’t work for us and eventually we lost track of who they were before and who they’d now become. It’s a shame there wasn’t a slightly bigger cast of (say) 12. Don’t get me wrong: Persuasion is still worth seeing. But it doesn’t stand comparison with other Playhouse productions we’ve seen this year, such as Guys & Dolls or Way Upstream.

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1:31pm Thu 10 Nov 11

DowntonDAN says...

At least the motorists in the photo are driving correctly.

More often than not, I have encountered drivers that wish to turn left already sat in the left hand bus lane near the top of the hill causing problems for the rest of us who also wish to go left but have stayed out of the bus lane.

Ho hum. All good fun
At least the motorists in the photo are driving correctly. More often than not, I have encountered drivers that wish to turn left already sat in the left hand bus lane near the top of the hill causing problems for the rest of us who also wish to go left but have stayed out of the bus lane. Ho hum. All good fun DowntonDAN
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4:41pm Thu 10 Nov 11

Lady Tinky Winky says...

I wish you could stop them swinging round like they are on Gran Tursimo when they get past those lights.
Pedestrians are in danger on that pavement and there is no money for a crash bar, but money for a bus lane!
Typical !I have never been so fed up with councillors and their like and word on the street is that majority of people with common sense agree.
I wish you could stop them swinging round like they are on Gran Tursimo when they get past those lights. Pedestrians are in danger on that pavement and there is no money for a crash bar, but money for a bus lane! Typical !I have never been so fed up with councillors and their like and word on the street is that majority of people with common sense agree. Lady Tinky Winky
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5:16pm Thu 10 Nov 11

rantone says...

I do take it that people with some common sense did vote last time! However, Lady T W, you do highlight in your regular contributions areas of concern that require attention and open debate.Therefore please put yourself forward as a candidate for Unitary or Parish and see from the inside that it is not always possible to remain as an independant or have the foresight to see the protest groups or problems. That is why like it not an elected body with well informed officers can offer the best solution, alas not always and that is why we have a democracy to help correct. Also 'doing nothing' just to please could cause problems later - who knows? There are often consultations arranged on projects, but with little comment or reply. Do remember not all those interested see the Journal or the internet for information. This is where petitions come into play, but they then do take in a wider public than those who will pay the bill!
I do take it that people with some common sense did vote last time! However, Lady T W, you do highlight in your regular contributions areas of concern that require attention and open debate.Therefore please put yourself forward as a candidate for Unitary or Parish and see from the inside that it is not always possible to remain as an independant or have the foresight to see the protest groups or problems. That is why like it not an elected body with well informed officers can offer the best solution, alas not always and that is why we have a democracy to help correct. Also 'doing nothing' just to please could cause problems later - who knows? There are often consultations arranged on projects, but with little comment or reply. Do remember not all those interested see the Journal or the internet for information. This is where petitions come into play, but they then do take in a wider public than those who will pay the bill! rantone
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7:35pm Thu 10 Nov 11

Lady Tinky Winky says...

Very interesting, one of my relatives did run to be councillor, but narrowly lost.
And upon talking to involved people found that it was just as well he didn't win as to get anything done is nigh on impossible.
So my question is what is the point of councillors or come to that politicians, as everyone knows it is all run by the civil service.
And popularity comes before service to the people.
And don't talk to me about petitions, the recent case of darling Dave telling everyone how they should vote!
Mind you don't get me started on the blair twins (tony and ian)
Very interesting, one of my relatives did run to be councillor, but narrowly lost. And upon talking to involved people found that it was just as well he didn't win as to get anything done is nigh on impossible. So my question is what is the point of councillors or come to that politicians, as everyone knows it is all run by the civil service. And popularity comes before service to the people. And don't talk to me about petitions, the recent case of darling Dave telling everyone how they should vote! Mind you don't get me started on the blair twins (tony and ian) Lady Tinky Winky
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