Finally, the A444 Coton Arches Roundabout is finished!

To be fair to the contractors they have done a good job and finished in good time. As a regular road user it does seem that major schemes take for ever.

The traffic lights have been turned on for a few days and the complete system is now available to use. I have heard many opinions, many of which confirm that people do not seem to accept change readily.

I am in the minority that is very pleased with the new traffic scheme having approached it from every conceivable direction. With some minor advice in relation to the more logical scheme of the layout my pupils have shown no problems adapting.

There is more to transport in the community than motor vehicles and I have been very pleased to see the facilities incorporated for pedestrians and cyclists as well.

As usual I would urge caution whilst drivers become accustomed to the changes. There are too many on the roads who seem to think that a sudden burst of acceleration is all that is required when they notice that they are in the wrong lane. While this causes much consternation to other road users it is not the fault of the contractors.

All in all a big thumbs up from me.

A444 Coton Road Roundabout, Nuneaton

Alongside a great number of Nuneaton residents I am delighted to see that the improvements to the roundabout on the A444 on Coton Road in Nuneaton are nearing completion.

Until the traffic light system is switched on sometime later this month I would advise extra caution when approaching this roundabout from any direction. Many drivers are entering the junction in a haphazard manner which increases the danger for every other road user. I would certainly advise cyclists to avoid this junction completely until the traffic control system is fully operational, or if that is not a possibility at least exercise extreme caution before changing direction.

While the scheme is being completed I would urge all road users to pay considerable attention to the signage and road markings on approach to the roundabout. They are now quite considerably different and it is clear that drivers at the moment are all over the place.

Take your time on the new junction and drive accurately please – this is in your own best interests!

There is some debate locally as to whether the improvements will actually deliver benefits to safety or the flow of traffic in the area. It is my belief that they will deliver both. I am looking forward to the latest improvement to our traffic system becoming fully functional to experience it for myself.

Learner drivers on motorways from 4th June 2018

That’s next week!

I will say, as I have been saying for years, that the motorways would be far safer than they already are if learner drivers could access motorway training from qualified driving instructors.

As you can see in this piece from the government website: Gov.uk the announcement has been made and we can begin the process of making what are already regarded as being statistically the safest roads; even safer.

Anyone who has driven regularly on the UK’s motorway network will be only too well aware that the standard of driving exhibited around you can change from minute to minute.  We are all painfully made aware that the vast majority of drivers have had no extra training what-so-ever in preparation for motorway journeys and this manifests itself in some of the displays of driving that make us cringe.

This change is welcome and in my opinion will improve the safety standards on our motorway network on a drip feed basis.  Practically speaking this is the only way.  It is hardly practical to close the motorways to those without suitable training, nor desirable for that matter.

I extend my sympathies to anyone who is learning to drive far enough away from the motorway network that it is not reasonably practical for them to take advantage of this legislative change.  For the majority of the population though this is an opportunity that I believe the majority of pupils will welcome to gain their first experience on a motorway with their professional driving instructor.