Friday, April 07, 2017


Recent comments at the Annual Town Meeting and expressed by members of the public in emails to Brigg Blog makes us wonder whether an old-fashioned solution might be tried to improve the flow of traffic along the A18.
On busy roads in towns and cities years ago, the police used to respond by posting officers wearing white gloves during the busiest periods of the day to control traffic.
"Point duty" we think they call it.
This would surely end the problem of serial red light "jumpers" mentioned during the Annual Town Meeting. 
Drivers would  think twice about this dangerous practice if one of the boys or girls in blue was standing in their path.
Ignoring an instruction given by a police officer on duty could land them in court!
As officers can now carry cameras on their tunics, they could record any offenders. Or merely note the number of the vehicle and check the registered owner on the DVLC database later.
Wardens can also be used to control traffic at junctions.
How about disconnecting the traffic lights and giving this idea a trial run for a few hours on a Thursday or on a Brigg Farmers' Market Saturday?
This is when we tend to experience maximum traffic flows.
Brigg resident Ken Harrison suggested at the Annual Town Meeting that Tesco might be approached about an additional exit from its store.
During the same meeting, the future of the old shed on the edge of Tesco's car park was also mentioned.
If the shed was demolished, would it help traffic flows if some vehicle-using Tesco shoppers were able to drive through the B&M car park and join the A18 via Cary Lane?
This could help reduce the queues of folk leaving via the single exit to the A18 near the Riverside doctors' surgery.
Brigg Blog has always had sympathy for North Lincolnshire Council - the highways authority - on this issue. 
There are so many cars and so many side roads that however the lights are adjusted to let more vehicles onto the A18 from a particular direction, it must mean longer waits for others approaching the junction.
However, a police officer or warden can react to the waiting queues by observing them "in the flesh".
Sometimes the old ways are the best ways!
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