10-year road plan probably needs to be evolved

READING Andy Poulton’s letter (Journal, December 12), I have decided the routes he took, on foot and cycle, cannot have been at any time through Fisherton Street, Exeter Street, Catherine Street or New Canal.

Had he done so it would have exploded his myth that traffic in Salisbury rarely comes to a halt for more than a minute or more (his definition, in this instance, of a traffic jam).

All these streets quite frequently come to a halt for at least a minute, or move only a matter of feet in two or three minutes. Probably the worst affected is Fisherton Street where queues can stretch from the bottom of the High Street, sometimes as far as The City Hall, towards Wilton Road.

There has been a noticeable change in traffic level along in Wilton Road.

Since the lights were put in on the A303 at Countess Roundabout, Amesbury, and the work at the new visitor centre at Stonehenge started, the traffic has become heavier and I think that drivers may be using a route through Salisbury to avoid the traffic mayhem on the A303.

However, if we wish Salisbury to increase in vibrancy, the traffic and parking problems are probably a cross we residents will have to bear for the duration.

Ever since our road to nowhere the problems have only been tinkered with. If it’s not too late a 20-year (or longer) plan needs to be evolved, with all citizens able to put forward ideas to improve and make enduring our cathedral and surrounding countryside.

BRIAN FORD, Salisbury

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