Roads are appalling

First published in Postbag

I HAVE decided to abandon all hope of local councils being able to sort out the appalling state of services in Salisbury and surrounding areas.

To begin with the state of the road between Alderbury and the city centre - I really don't know how much more my car can take. The potholes and broken surfaces are beating my car up unmercifully, not to mention the times I have to go at a snail’s pace to negotiate them.

When I join the main road at Petersfinger, I know I will be sitting in traffic all the way in, having been allowed to join the queue by the even worse off who have queued from halfway along the dual carriageway.

Having taken 20 minutes from my home 3.1 miles away, I get to the Tesco roundabout and I am held up yet again as everyone has to come down there just to get to back up to the college roundabout.

To get to the top of Wilton Road I go through the city, as to use the ring road means more hold ups at every turn.

It has taken me 35 minutes to get from Wilton Road to the Tesco roundabout many times, and that is using the ring road.

I have to say I have driven on better farm tracks than the A or B roads in our district.

Does anyone know where all the road tax revenue goes?

As for the park and ride - who wants to queue in traffic for up to an hour to get as far as them, only to sit on the bus for another 15 minutes to get into the city?

This is only the story from my side of town; other sides are just as bad.

In the city itself, buses now have to pull in all over the place, parking charges are ridiculous, business rates astronomical and there are more than enough hairdressers and café/bistros to cater for five or more towns.

We have Andover, Amesbury, Romsey and Southampton on our doorstep and they are the ones who will benefit from Salisbury's total inability to get a grip on this dire situation.

And I haven't even mentioned putting the police out of their home or numerous other mindboggling disasters in store for the area.

Cathedral city or not, Salisbury is doomed to decline.

Maggie Black, Alderbury

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