Congestion fears for London Road

Congestion fears for London Road

Congestion fears for London Road

First published in News Salisbury Journal: Photograph of the Author by

SALISBURY’S London Road is in danger of becoming just as clogged up as Southampton Road, city councillors fear.

They are becoming increasingly concerned about the cumulative impact of development along the busy road.

Now they have written to Wiltshire Council’s deputy leader and highways chief John Thomson to warn him about the danger.

“Without some prompt and firm action there is every possibility that Salisbury will have another Southampton Road on its hands,” says the letter from planning committee chairman John Lindley.

Asda and Aldi both want to build stores alongside the road.

City councillors are in favour of Asda, as long as a 30mph limit is imposed right up to the A338 roundabout, and safe access to buses is provided, along with access for cyclists and pedestrians from Green Lane.

They believe that although the store will attract traffic it will also mean fewer people driving elsewhere to shop.

On Aldi, there are “some attractive features of their application, but accessing directly from the A30 is not one of them”, they say, and it would not be possible for shoppers to use the park and ride access road from St Thomas’ roundabout without it needing to be rebuilt.

Meanwhile, parking for customers at the BP garage with its M&S shop is “grossly inadequate”. Motorists pulling out cannot see pedestrians or cyclists coming from the north and there are many incidents that end in abuse.

To make matters worse, “selfish” drivers park on the pavement to use the shop, and have sworn at shop workers when asked to move. Truckers, too, pull in at the kerb to buy snacks, bringing traffic to a standstill.

There have been several accidents and double yellow lines are needed, along with a left turn only exit from the forecourt.

On top of all that, say the councillors, there are numerous accidents on the bend by the allotments, jams at the lights by the crematorium, and 500 new homes going up at Hampton Park II, while cyclists desperately need a safe, level route into town.

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7:41pm Sat 9 Aug 14

John Wigs says...

Just over 50years ago, Salisbury put into place it's first one way system and its inner bye pass road as it is today. A lot of lovely cared for Victorian homes were lost to this. It was called for, to build an outer ring road as the inner one would not cope beyond twenty years or so! Well it did but they were still right! Swindons Growth and the M4 Corridor was the big thing at the time and the North of the County has always done better than the South for improvements! The truth, the money wasn't there and it never is for the south!
There will come a time perhaps ,when the powers that be, look far beyond what it has to cope with now! A senior Officer once told me, In Germany you could travel along the Autobahn and see a bridges in the middle of a field! When he asked what they doing there, he was told that in 15-20 years A road will join up with it!
Says it all doesn't it!
Just over 50years ago, Salisbury put into place it's first one way system and its inner bye pass road as it is today. A lot of lovely cared for Victorian homes were lost to this. It was called for, to build an outer ring road as the inner one would not cope beyond twenty years or so! Well it did but they were still right! Swindons Growth and the M4 Corridor was the big thing at the time and the North of the County has always done better than the South for improvements! The truth, the money wasn't there and it never is for the south! There will come a time perhaps ,when the powers that be, look far beyond what it has to cope with now! A senior Officer once told me, In Germany you could travel along the Autobahn and see a bridges in the middle of a field! When he asked what they doing there, he was told that in 15-20 years A road will join up with it! Says it all doesn't it! John Wigs
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8:02pm Sat 9 Aug 14

IanMcL says...

We put houses in all our fields!
We put houses in all our fields! IanMcL
  • Score: -2

11:18pm Sat 9 Aug 14

karlmarx says...

"SALISBURY’S London Road is in danger of becoming just as clogged up as Southampton Road, city councillors fear"

Do the same city councillors consider that putting yet another supermarket on the Southampton road is going to help the situation?
Even with the so called 'improvements' to the Southampton road which come with the development it is ludicrous and insane to think that a supermarket of the size proposed will not increase the volume of traffic clogging up the Southampton road. Trunk roads like the A36 Southampton road are primary routes for getting traffic from A to B with as little hindrance as possible as is the case with motorways.

"A Trunk Road is a road maintained by a national government body, as opposed to the majority of roads that are maintained by a local Highway Authority. As such, Trunk Roads are generally the most important roads nationally; as an example the majority of (though not all) motorways are Trunk Roads.

An individually numbered road may be a Trunk Road for all, none or part of its length. Equally, an individual Trunk Road may contain sections of several different numbered roads within its length.

In the United Kingdom, Trunk Roads are often confused with Primary Routes. Generally, all Trunk Roads are also Primary Routes, but not all Primary Routes are Trunk Roads."
"SALISBURY’S London Road is in danger of becoming just as clogged up as Southampton Road, city councillors fear" Do the same city councillors consider that putting yet another supermarket on the Southampton road is going to help the situation? Even with the so called 'improvements' to the Southampton road which come with the development it is ludicrous and insane to think that a supermarket of the size proposed will not increase the volume of traffic clogging up the Southampton road. Trunk roads like the A36 Southampton road are primary routes for getting traffic from A to B with as little hindrance as possible as is the case with motorways. "A Trunk Road is a road maintained by a national government body, as opposed to the majority of roads that are maintained by a local Highway Authority. As such, Trunk Roads are generally the most important roads nationally; as an example the majority of (though not all) motorways are Trunk Roads. An individually numbered road may be a Trunk Road for all, none or part of its length. Equally, an individual Trunk Road may contain sections of several different numbered roads within its length. In the United Kingdom, Trunk Roads are often confused with Primary Routes. Generally, all Trunk Roads are also Primary Routes, but not all Primary Routes are Trunk Roads." karlmarx
  • Score: -3

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