Traffic situation hasn't changed

SOME years back your paper published a letter of mine about implementing an integrated public transport system in Salisbury.

I have signed on to an English course as part of the benefits-to-work initiative. Required to do two presentations, I opted for that letter as one framework.

So on Saturday (December 7) - possibly the busiest shopping day of the year - I combined my daily exercise with researching our traffic situation. On foot, and later on my bicycle, I visited all five park and ride sites. In the order: Wilton, Britford, Petersfinger, Bishopdown and Beehive.

I monitored the capacity of those buses as they passed in various locations. Twice I saw those buses with standing passengers. Only twice.

Furthermore, I checked the main entry routes, relevant roundabouts, and other potential bottlenecks. I observed two traffic jams on roundabouts: between Exeter Street to College and a few minutes later from College to St Mark's. I define a traffic jam to be where vehicles are stationary for one minute.

I moved quickly around the city. You can do that when you get on your bike. So I don't feel I was viewing one situation as a problem was occurring elsewhere.

So my lazy idea to dust off the letter and rework it has perhaps been made null and void. We can safely consign any thoughts of resurrecting the Salisbury bypass notion to the dustbin too. Where it always belonged.

I'll have to find other emotive subjects to make presentations about.

ANDY POULTON, Quidhampton

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