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The whole thing depends on other traffic and vehicle regulations/restrictions along each road
Although the one way system would be a good idea, have great reservations about traffic going down Hardy Street without vehicle parking restrictions. Large vehicles will still have to get down Hardy Street even at school start and finish times when it becomes totally blocked with cars parked on both sides of the road. You can’t restrict the size of vehicles using the road because of delivery vehicles to the future co op store on Golden Guinea site plus many residents own touring caravans that require exit from the estates.
In principle I am in favour of the one-way system.
However the whole highway needs rethinking at the bottom of Hardy Street with safety in mind for drivers and pedestrians. My suggestions are:
1. A mini-roundabout at the bottom of Hardy Street/Main Street to keep the traffic
flowing especially at busy times.
2. Pedestrian crossings to allow people to cross Main Street and
Hardy Street safely.
3. Extending pavement up Hardy Street from Swiss Cottage (1 Main St.)
4. Possible purchase of land from the Brewery site to make safe passing places
on Hardy Street before new housing is built.
5. Possible re-routing traffic down Newdigate Street, Larkfields or Main Road Watnall at school times? (Kimberley School finishes 20 mins. before Hollywell)
This is the most ridiculous and ill thought out suggestion. It will increase traffic not reduce congestion. Everyone living on hardy street who wants to get to Watnall will be driving round in circles increasing conjestion at the bottom of both hardy street and maws lane.
I suggest get rid of the traffic caliming measures, i.e. the speed bumps and chicane. If you slow traffic down you cause congestion. The slow speed that some people drive over the bumps is ridiculous. They cause a queue behind them which then makes it a nightmare to navigate all the paked cars, as a line of 5 to 10 cars is harder to get through than one. You can’t go over thirty on these roads anyway due to the amount of hazards. Putting more in makes it worse.
Also look into making cliff boulevard slightly wider between norman street and high spannia, so you can have a line of parked cars and two way traffic marked with white lines.
The bumps on maws lane and directional give way signs do help with cutting speed. If you did one way changes then I’d recommend that people drive up Hardy Street as there is a school on there so there is less speed and issues along with the fact that people park their cars on the road. Practically you have to consider the cost of proposed changes as these have an impact on when they can take effect. Maws Lane and Hardy Strert are definitely a link routes to Watnall road so there is constant traffic but local residents should have their say especially those who live on there.
Broadly in favour of the one way system but think it would need to implemented alongside speed restriction to 20 mph and speed bumps on both Hardy and Maws Lane to help drivers respect the essentially residential and school aspects of the district. If the one way system is introduced without speed restrictions the drivers who already use Hardy Street as a rat run would be encouraged to go even faster than they do already.
Like the idea of a roundabout at the junction of Hardy Main Street and would like to see residents with drives use them to ease parking rather than restrictions. Think Hollywell School’s community minded generosity in permitting residents nearby to use their car park outside school hours is commendable – a shame some of the parents don’t follow their example and stop creating mayhem twice a day with totally selfish parking (which is hardly the right word for stopping dead in the middle of the road with complete disregard).
At the end of the day I think it all comes down to a bit more patience and respect for other road users – we’re all in it together, it’s a great place to live and there’s enough trouble in the world without creating more.
Totally agree currently vehicles use 2 points to access Eastwood road reducing this to 1 will only cause more traffic.
I support a one way system. As well as sorting out congestion on the two roads, it would also benefit people living on Station Road which is currently used as a rat run from the Main Road to Hardy Street with vehicles travelling much too fast.
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