Nuneaton’s Friday traffic blues are with us as usual

It has long been the case that traffic through Nuneaton has been noticeably heavier on a Friday afternoon for several reasons. People shopping before the weekend throng (when there was one) and factories finishing early on a Friday (before they all closed that is) were the most common reasons for the increase. What causes it these days I have no idea though the recent large and continuing expansion of this and surrounding towns must be contributing to the effect.

It would be nice to know when Nuneaton’s ring road will ever be finished to the original specification (doubtful) or alternate remedies will be proposed. I for one shall not be holding my breath.

If the drivers of Nuneaton could find it within themselves to be more considerate to one another it would make it significantly more pleasant to drive around.

I shall keep my fingers crossed.

Roadworks in Nuneaton are the bane of my day at the moment

This is not going to change anytime soon. The pedestrian crossing on Croft Road is at least being finished off today whereas the works on Manor Court Road have at least another week to go and will be immediately followed by manor roadworks on Heath End Road. Nuneaton traffic will certainly be a jam if these schemes are allowed to overlap.

Do us all a favour please by being patient in the queues and remember that an amber light does not mean accelerate. What? No really, it doesn’t. More on this later if I have the time.

Nuneaton & District Driving Instructors Association meeting tonight

Tonight at half past eight at the Chilvers Coton Conservative Club is the monthly meeting of the Nuneaton and District Driving Instructors Association.

If you are already a member then I look forward to seeing you again and if you are a local ADI or Provisional Driving Instructor who fancies coming along then I look forward to making your acquaintance.

Don’t be shy, come and say hi!

Only you can change your mind!

How careful are you with regards to your own health and safety? Do you genuinely drive as safely as you can or do you allow other factors to distract you?

I know from driving in Nuneaton daily that there are a number od drivers who will benefit from this message.

Please watch the clip linked to below and you may find that you concentrate a little more from now on:

https://youtu.be/F1p_6xDuyFQ

Nuneaton drivers can be the best

The roads of Nuneaton are ours folks. Let’s work together to make them as safe an environment as we possibly can.

Allowing a few extra minutes for your journey reduces stress and allows time for better decision making. This leads to safer streets for cyclists to use and who knows, pedestrians may even be safer at zebra crossings.

Have a nice, and safe, day my friends.

Road Safety in Nuneaton is our personal responsibility

Whatever your status of road user be you driving or riding your chosen mode of transport the safety of road users in Nuneaton is our responsibility.

To me the sentence above is the most easily understandable piece of common sense that you will see written today. To my fellow road users however that sentiment must seem like a foreign language, or at least a million miles away from their own thoughts. I fear for the vulnerable road users and pedestrians trying to cross who seem to be taking their life into their own hands, especially at zebra crossings.

Come on Nuneaton, we are better than this!

Pedestrians of Nuneaton Please, have a little care for your own safety!

I am always hopeful that things will get better.

Thus is especially true in the realm of pedestrian safety, or to be more accurate, pedestrians taking some responsibility for their own safety.

The number of times per day that I witness pedestrians demonstrate an absolutely blase attitude while crossing a road engrossed on whatever content their phone is pumping through their headphones. Any thought for road safety? Not a jot, leave that to the drivers. After all, it is they that will be prosecuted if an incident occurs.

This may or may not be the case in all instances but what I am certain of is this:

Being hit by a car ALWAYS hurts the pedestrian more than the car driver.

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.

Pedestrians of Nuneaton please be aware when you walk along the carriageway

Temperatures in the Nuneaton area were below freezing point last night and remain in low single figures as I write this.

Having been out on lessons this morning I have seen pedestrians who have chosen to walk along the road instead of the footpath. Please understand that this is something that you undertake entirely at your own risk and not a choice that I can endorse or encourage. Walking slower on the footpath has to be safer. However, should you find yourself in a position where you have no alternative to walking along the carriageway; or should you continue to choose to, then please follow the advice in the Highway Code and walk on the side of the road that allows you to face the oncoming traffic.

I am not trying to preach here. I saw a lady on Vernons Lane this morning scared by a near miss from a driver who was in control of their car but drove very close anyway, literally as if the pedestrian had not been there.

This behaviour should not happen but we have to face the fact that we know that it does and act appropriately.

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.