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Bloody nanny state

I live in a small village off the A3 in Surrey UK which is a dual carriageway that runs from London to the South coast. About 300 yards North of the slip-road from our village is a lane in the wide central reservation (what Americans call a ramp) enabling you to slow down and wait for a gap to turn right across the opposite carriageways into a side road. That side road leads to our neighbour village and local train station. The only other way to reach that village (together with a couple of local schools, 3 doctors surgeries, post office, pubs, shops etc) is by heading several miles further North past the village, then take a slip road off the A3 up to a very busy roundabout (which cars join very fast from the right, meaning you take your chances leaping onto it), over a bridge crossing the A3 to another roundabout, down to 2 traffic lights (slow ones at that) and then back to where you would have been at least 10 minutes earlier if you'd taken the shortcut.

Some total twat on the council decided that it was dangerous for cars to cross the A3, despite the fact there's a sign 200 yards before this crossing point that says 'Caution, Pedestrians Crossing'! There was a public hearing about closing this facility and 85 locals objected. None supported the closure.... but still the idiots decided it was too dangerous and that it must be closed off. We now have massive road works - forget red cones - heavy steel barriers on both carriageways "too protect the workmen", several diggers and vast amount of public money being spent on something that a) is not dangerous, but if it is for you, STOP DRIVING - ITS YOU WHO IS DANGEROUS, NOT THE ROAD, b) makes all our journeys a lot longer with additional risks thanks to several extra roundabouts and traffic lights, not to mention extra pollution, and c) is expensive and disruptive for everyone during the rebuilding of that section of the road.

They've also put speed cameras there - on both sides!.... thought... wouldn't that have been a better solution to help us cross the opposite carriageway traffic instead of preventing us from doing it?

I've got the perfect solution. Don't spend all that money. Take dangerous and incompetent drivers off the road. Save even more money by making the nanny-state-pratt who thought this one up, redundant.

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