Yesterday I drove to Newark to collect an aged relative. Virtually the whole journey was on the A1 trunk road and the majority of this was just two-lane dual carriageway. A short stretch, near Peterborough, widened to four-lane. Updating the A1 has been ignored for many years, leading to irritation and frustration…
I come to a hill and there up front,
a dual between two trucks,
both are crawling at fifty-five,
this A1 road just sucks.
The traffic builds up behind them,
in my mirror show,
There should have been another lane,
over twenty years ago.
One is hauling local grain,
the other from Timbuktu,
In the distance I see flashing lights,
an ambulance is held up too.
It’s too late to change the road,
no hope for improvement now,
and no European cash-cow!
In years to come visitors to this country will use the term ‘quaint’ to describe our roads. On holiday, holdups give them a greater view of ‘Ye Olde England’ from their coach window.The frustration of professional hauliers and drivers is unsurprising.
*The picture was taken by my dash-cam, no children or animals were used in the staging of this photo.
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