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Awful traffic and road behaviour.

Reported in the Roads/highways category anonymously at 10:31, Thu 21 September 2017

Sent to Lincolnshire County Council 4 minutes later. FixMyStreet ref: 1111978.

This issue has been raised before , in view of the news headlines today about the consideration of a new law following the highlighted court case concerning the death of the pedestrian in London , I was moved to reinforce the problem along this road . A problem has been created by encouraging cycling when the facilities are inadequate . The cycle lane is used but probably more cyclists use the path . Even if they use the cycle lane they feel unsafe at the Tritton Road junction due to the speed of cars as they race to beat the lights at the left turn into Tritton Road in particular , the lights are on red for this route for around 2 minutes so people in the know resent this rather insignificant delay as a nuisance . Very often the queue along Tritton Road reaches Newark Road , I'm amazed if there has never been a rear end shunt at this spot .Obviously the flow is important into Tritton Road to prevent long tailbacks towards the next set of lights which are only a short distance away near the Forum ( then another set near Tesco express ) . Cyclists often mount the path at such spots to avoid the red lights , my husband was once nearly knocked down at tis spot by a cyclist riding through the red light . Drivers unfamiliar with the area are often seen to switch lanes at the last minute when they realise they have reached the Tritton Road turn off . Visibility of this junction is concealed by the large trees in the front garden of 3 Newark Road and the Oak tree on the verge alongside the Lights . I have recently pointed out that this tree is long overdue for trimming again . This and many other of these trees were protected by a TPO c 2004 . In my experience TPO's are given precedence over safety of the public . When an application was submitted to remove some of the trees , in particular a Corsican Pine which was directly alongside the road with a large co-dominant branch ( notoriously unstable )overhanging the busy Tritton Road / Newark Road traffic flow permission was refused . After a year awaiting the outcome of an appeal permission was granted . Luckily no person or property was damaged in the meantime . In my e-mail in April of this year I mentioned the general safety hazard on this road , suggesting that a 30 MPH limit would make pedestrians and cyclists feel safer . Due to the frustrations of repeated sets of traffic lights slowing their progress many motorists speed between the lights , sometimes in excess of the 40 MPH limit . Those unfamiliar with the Tritton Road junction are often abused as they are expecting the lights to be in sync with those controlling the traffic heading north . A further problem , and relatively new , is the constant queue to the lights at Rookery Lane which seems to have been created since the major junction work Hykeham Road / Newark Road . The blocking off of the second Lane as you approach Rookery Lane from the South , so that traffic can move more freely out of the city has simply relocated the problem . New rat runs have been created and motorists very often carry out 3 point turns as they abandon the route . Very unsafe .The queues to Rookery Lane have created what I think is a relatively new hazard . If you are trying to turn right out of Doddington Road into Newark Road your view of traffic from the city is obscured both by the queue alongside you waiting to turn into Newark Road and the queue turning along Newark Road . Then of course there is the , by now , famous queue towards Asda and the one along Lincoln Road towards Moor Lane . Whilst recently waiting to turn left into Foss Drive ( The Forum ) I was undertaken by a car wishing to take this turn by an obviously impatient driver . A previously raised issue is the experience of observing cars speed away from the lights as they drive south after the Hykeham Road junction . The road is significantly wider at this point and merges from 2 lines to one , a particularly frustrating sight here is those racing ( often each other ) as the road opens up . After the frustrations of previous hold ups they have endured through Rookery Lane , Brant Road , Newark Road and Hykeham Road they are keen to get a move on , normally to queue at the next set of lights or the pedestrian crossings that have had to be installed over the years to give the pedestrians a chance . Of course someone riding a mobility scooter died on the stretch between Tritton Road , the driver was eventually traced , not sure of the outcome , but torturous for the family who endured months of torment over this . In short the whole area needs a major rethink . Tritton Road was constructed as " Boultham Relief Road " , it was then used as a corridor for commercial development . Hence our current problems , commercial development continues , in spite of the objection of North Hykeham residents and the Town Council . Then of course there is the housing development which is part of the problem . In short massive development in all manner of ways which has not been matched by infrastructure improvements . Most recently Lidl have built a store on a site which quite frankly could have been more appropriately allocated to a Health facility , most especially if the Government goes ahead with plans to close pharmacies and centralise supplies . Inadequate provision of health facilities and parking is a major issue in this locality . When the Swallowbeck facility was open cars parked at the junction of Baildon Crescent and Hykeham Road . When this closed patients were transferred to the Newark Road / Crossroads and Moor lane sites . There is a regular problem , as the parking is inadequate , at all 3 sites . Newark Road creates parking on the cycle Lane , it's car park is any case inadequate in terms of spacings so even when it is not full people choose to Park in the cycle lane , Chancery Close or sometimes the flats across the road ( I have seen people crossing the road after doing this , another potential safety risk ) . There is already a parking issue at the NKDC / Moor Lane site and now part of the car park has been built on . The likelihood is that the car park is used for a variety of purposes not linked to its site . In short , in this area we have chaos . Long tailbacks occur at Hykeham Road ( towards Newark Road ) and Baildon Crescent towards the junction with Newark Road / The Forum . The problem is not just linked to school drop off and pick-ups , these of course are made worse by a general feeling that the roads are unsafe . Please do not ignore this as you have the previous representations on this . RIP Kim Briggs , lets hope something positive comes from your death . Representations from cyclists groups about the number of cyclists deaths are irrelevant in this argument in as much as they often contribute or are responsible for their own deaths . The most commonly recognised causes being riding on the inside of large vehicles ( at junctions in particular ) , riding without both hands on the handlebars , incorrectly loaded cycles , no HI-Vis clothing , no lights/ inadequate lights ,switching from shared lanes to exclusive use , mounting the path because the cycle lane has disappeared , as at Tritton road / Newark Road . I once witnessed a worker ride onto the path at the end of Station Road as he approached the junction with Newark Road to avoid being held up by the lights . He rode across the junction and into Moor lane onto the path , returning at some point to the road . Cyclists very rarely have bells / use them as they whizz up behind you / approach you . As a dog walker I often walk along the verge side to allow room for other pedestrians and find myself sidelined by cyclists , very unsettling when they approach from behind or whizz out of the end of Tritton Road as I leave my driveway . Of course I often have to wait until they have passed as they approach Tritton Road . In the past we have walked on the riverside route from the Pyewipe to Lincoln or the Bardney riverside walk . There is no separation for cyclists / pedestrians so the cyclists have claimed it . We grew tired of constantly looking out for / moving for cyclists so we no longer bother . Same issue arises on some stretches of the path alongside Tritton Road and indeed from what I have observed the path alongside the railway , the path alongside the Witham ... probably others I have not yet discovered . Many cyclists choose to use routes that frankly are unsuitable when there is no provision whatsoever for them . After the publicity over allowing sufficient space when overtaking them , the central issue is that the road is not wide enough for both to travel alongside each other safely . This is particularly pertinent in Lincoln and district as we have so many large vehicles on roads that were constructed many years ago for light traffic . I may decide to forward my observations if a working group is set up to investigate the issues created by the publicised death . I used to cycle to and from school in the 70's as did my brother and sister in the 80's , I would not dream of going anywhere on a bike now . I often feel unsafe as a pedestrian due to the issues I have raised . It is arguably unsafe for all of us now due to the poor air quality created by the excessive traffic . To finish , Lincoln is a lovely place to visit , tourism is extensively promoted . I recently came across some comments by those visitors , on trip advisor I think . They commented that the traffic was so bad they abandoned their visit / would not visit again / recommend it to others . Parking is another nightmare , both cost and availability , once you have endured the traffic queues . A large car park is part of the new traffic hub . Let's hope reasonable prices mean that it will encourage those who clog up our side streets to use it . I have to ask why such a large car park has been constructed as part of the new traffic hub , arguably spoiling the skyline as you approach over Pelham Bridge , competing with the Cathedral . The one way system in Lincoln in itself can make driving in Lincoln a nightmare . As I understand it from reading I have done , part of the plan was to discourage traffic from driving through Lincoln to improve air quality . It probably hasn't done this . More complicated routes evolve which simply increase journey times and driver frustration . Incidentally from my perspective this has shifted traffic and poor air quality to the suburbs and estates . Of course standing traffic is a major culprit in this . Not many have the start/stop vehicles . There is no alternative technology for the many lorries and HGV's clogging up the neighbourhoods . Please ensure that this receives attention . It is probably appropriate for an official in Highways to have sight of it . The death of Kim Briggs and the apparent attitude of the offending cyclist is the tip of the iceberg . There has been talk of employers being encouraged or compelled to provide showering facilities for those wishing to cycle to work ( or school ?) . If this happens the ( often ) lycra clad brigade will further invade roads that are inadequate for them and create nuisance for both the motorists and the pedestrians that they have to travel alongside . Safety for all is the objective and that includes air quality and protection from noise nuisance . I have no confidence that any amount of bypasses will markedly improve the situation , since I believe that a lot of the traffic is travelling relatively short distances . When the Park and Ride commenced at Whisby I only found out about it by accident whilst driving along the bypass . I understand it was abandoned due to low usage . I believe there is now a Park and Ride at Waitrose . I would have thought that these may help with congestion , particularly relating to tourism . Their existence needs to be actively promoted and of course publicised . The recent " improvements " to the bypass around Teal Park have served to create similar issues as with Newark Road . Wide / 2 lanes to 1 , creating speeding and bottlenecks . I feel very unsafe as I approach the roundabout near Damons . The large size encourages speeding by approaching traffic and creates queues and impatience amongst drivers waiting to cross from Doddington Road in both directions .

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  • Still open, via questionnaire, 10:28, Fri 20 October 2017

  • Have not had time to read the response in detail but first impression is that I have been given the " brush off " . Inadequate response that " they cannot be responsible / do anything about the behaviour of individuals . The issue relates to cyclists riding on the path , often at speed , riding on and off the road to avoid red traffic lights , riding through red lights at pedestrian crossings ( and nearly knocking down my husband ) . I shall further pursue this , useful to receive reminders . Traffic law and regulations exist for a reason , they need to be enforced . Intend to carry a camera to photograph the offenders that I see on a daily basis . About time something was done , before someone is seriously hurt or killed .

    Posted anonymously at 10:28, Fri 20 October 2017

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