New Sainsbury's would cause traffic problems

First published in Postbag

MY heart sank when I saw the headline in last week’s Journal: “Supermarket plan will help flooding”.

As I read the article I knew that the planners and local politicians will probably leap at the chance to resolve the flooding issues in Southampton Road, while at the same time reducing traffic problems at the Tesco roundabout by allowing the Sainsbury’s application.

In recent weeks travelling into Salisbury on the A36 has been a lottery.

Some journeys along the dual carriageway take minutes, others take an hour or more.

A mere couple of inches of water nearly brought Salisbury to a halt, with the ring road almost becoming gridlocked.

I would really like to know whether steps at traffic management were taken, whether any attempts to remove or displace the surface water were made and whether any thought is currently being given to preventing reoccurrence.

As I understand it, the A36 is a trunk road of strategic importance.

Over the years, various planners and politicians have appeared to be in denial that the road system around Salisbury has become unfit for purpose.

All talk of a bypasses has faded into history.

Salisbury desperately needs a radical and far-reaching road improvement scheme, not a new supermarket in Southampton Road.

Come on planners – get a grip and give us some hope for the future.

Hugh Burnard, Whiteparish

I FULLY support the building of a new Sainsbury’s store on the A36 at Petersfinger.

At a meeting at Alderbury we were told that there would not be much of a traffic problem in Southampton Road.

It makes perfect sense when there are several thousand new houses being built to the north and west of Salisbury and also Amesbury to open a new store south of Salisbury.

In time the traffic gridlock will be so great as to cause the long promised Salisbury bypass (about 60 years ago) to be built.

No doubt then the two major stores on this road will cease trading and we can go back to shopping in Salisbury.

Andrew Poole, Alderbury


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