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‘Many believe the bus lane on the A27 is utterly ridiculous’

ANGRY Christopher Wood says bus lanes just make traffic congestion worse

ANGRY Christopher Wood says bus lanes just make traffic congestion worse

  • by Christopher Wood
 

Anger and frustration. That is the best way to sum up the general feeling when sat in one of the many traffic queues we face in Gosport and Fareham.

The most annoying for me is being forced to queue next to that bus lane on the A27 towards Fareham Fire Station.

Not only did Hampshire County Council spend £20m of taxpayers’ money providing a new bus route for a private bus company to then charge us to use, but they also removed half of the A27 from the flyover to the fire station from all other traffic.

We car users have all paid our road tax and we are all perfectly entitled to expect those in the council to then allow us to use our roads.

Many believe the bus lane on the A27 is utterly ridiculous.

Drivers are forced to queue right to, and sometimes over the flyover, when there is a great stretch of open tarmac, used by one bus every 10 to 20 minutes, right next to us.

And when a bus does eventually go past it is usually half-empty. Where is the logic in making the masses queue longer but allow a minority an open road?

At a time when petrol is so expensive, when taxes are so high, when our leisure time is being squeezed, to waste our time and money sat trying to return home is something which is quite unacceptable.

For example it can take 40 minutes to get from Fareham to Stubbington, if a person works five days a week that is over three hours wasted.

Over a year that equates to more than 170 hours just sat in your car.

The council must sort out their transport network mess and stop putting in place ridiculous ideas which actually remove our roads, which we pay for, from us.

 

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