ROW has been made lorry-free at last. No longer need the old
shake as heavy transport vehicles make their way through
the town centre to other towns of areas in the vicinity.
I took a stroll along the street
shortly after the £300,000 project - which started in January and
ran for 10 weeks - was completed. I saw the re-laid
and widened footpaths and the priority give-way points. But I missed
the dropped kerbs and "tactile paving" in the side roads (mainly
because I forgot I was supposed to be looking for them).
But one thing I did see was
a new arrangement for the kerb in the area of Tudor Cottage on a
bend in Welsh Row. Gone were the posts and
chains which protected a
drop on the bend where some time in the past the camber had been
improved. In their place were two steps created from dark bricks.
All very nice, but I think
I preferred the 10 or more posts and chains (right, here are three of
them outside Tudor Cottage). It's not the end of the world, and the
steps are nice enough. But it is a piece of history that is lost to
I have an old picture of
Nantwich (which I can't show you for copyright reasons*) taken in
showing the road level is the same as the pavement.
There is no camber on the bend. All right, I mean I don't want to
pay a fee to the famous firm whose photographer took the picture!
I don't know when the road authorities
decided a camber would help drivers. The chains always seem to have
been there as far as I am concerned.
lMEASURES to keep the
road for lighter vehicles include the priority give-way points that
I mentioned earlier (see panel above). Motorists driving away from the town centre in
the Queen's Drive area of the street are confronted with give-way
road markings and a physical traffic island (as well as a further
pedestrian crossing point a couple of yards further on).
This means that vehicles
driving towards the town centre have a right-of-way priority. But
that's only fair as a similar arrangement outside Malbank School
meant they had to give way to traffic heading out of town.
There is an added bonus for
motorists as there is more parking following the introduction of the
Actually, I suppose, the parked cars are playing their
part in the traffic calming.