Soapbox Peter Dolby: Is work on cycle track necessary when money is so tight?
THERE is work going on between Borrowash and Elvaston, apparently to widen the path and add a cycle track.
This work has been in progress for about six weeks. It was started near the bridge over the Derwent and is progressing towards Elvaston.
Initially, the work was controlled by traffic lights and open after 5pm. Now the road is totally closed, Monday to Friday.
At the same time, a team of workers spent a few weeks resurfacing a path near where I live.
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I have several points which I think the council should answer:
1: Is the work really necessary, as I was in a traffic line over the bridge caused by a cyclist riding along the road rather than the cycle track?
2: Why are two teams of men not working on the project, one at each end of the work meeting in the middle, or from the middle and working to the ends? The men working on the path near me could have been used as the second team. This would greatly reduce the time taken for the project.
3: As the work appears to be of little use, could the money not have been used to fill in potholes, or more importantly, to raise the level of this road nearer to Elvaston, which is low and is prone to closure due to flooding?
4: To widen the path the hedges have been removed; this has required new fences to be installed. This work could be carried out after the completion of the path and the men used to speed up work on the path.
5: In these times of austerity, could the money for this work not have been put to better use?
6: This road is used by people as an alternative means of getting to work, or to areas to the west of Derby, and I have noticed what appears to be more congestion on the A52 into the city.
7: Finally, on a personal issue, I use the road several times a week. It is adding considerably to my petrol bill when I have to go down Raynesway instead.