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Were Tewkesbury High Street bollards to blame for traffic chaos?

Questions have been asked about the layout of Tewkesbury High Street after a stranded lorry held up traffic last night. Motorists faced long delays as dusk fell upon the street, which has been narrowed due to traffic calming measures introduced in the past by Gloucestershire County Council. They included, controversially, a number of bollards.

The lorry was carrying a wide and heavy load and the driver appeared to have either broken down or stopped, realising he or she would not be able to go any further due to the narrowness of the street. Read: Road closed as lorry gets stuck[1]
Police closed the A38 High Street in both directions to deal with the problem.

The incident prompted many comments on social media. Andrew Kelly, who posted a picture of the lorry after it stopped outside the town hall, said: “Avoid the High Street, there’s a wide load stuck, so much for the traffic calming.”

Beverley Duffy said: “I was stuck behind that lorry for about half an hour. Before it got there I saw it come from Barton Street, it didn’t go round The Cross as it would never have got round but it went to the inside of The Cross then up the High Street!” Some people blamed the bollards in the street, rather than the driver, for the incident.

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Uncertainty over land next to Cheltenham Town’s ground after bungalows demolished[2]

References

  1. ^ Road closed as lorry gets stuck (www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk)
  2. ^ Uncertainty over land next to Cheltenham Town’s ground after bungalows demolished (www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk)

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