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  1. New roads are, they are built in accordance with government standards and design guidance. However, many of our roads are old and were built to the standards of the day. The root cause of maintenance problems with roads is that the government don't provide local highway authorities with enough money to maintain roads to the standard that most people would like. It's a national problem and has been for decades. The industry reckons that in England and Wales it would take £11bn to fix the maintenance backlog, according to this report
  2. The contract which Amey have with SCC stipulates that the roads are brought up to an agreed standard within an agreed investment period (5 years). After that they have to maintain them to an agreed standard for the remainder of the contract (20 years). For this they receive an agreed annual fee. Amey will have worked out what they think is the most profitable way for them to fulfill the contractual requirements. That might well mean that instead of doing the traditional full depth reconstruction, they decide to do a thin resurfacing job more than once over the contract period. It's largely up to them how they do it.
  3. So on one occasion they apparently got it wrong. People do get things wrong occasionally, its in their nature. What about all the other times they got it right? These systems can be set up to automatically implement signal timing plan changes in response to real time situations, but that doesn't cover every situation or need. So, operators can override. Any time there's human input into something, there's a potential for error. The occasional error doesn't mean that a system isn't worth having .
  4. With due respect to yourself, if you are sitting in a vehicle at one location, you can't see the full extent of the network that the urban traffic control operators can (they have large numbers of cameras) and you won't know what problem they are trying to deal with. So, from your fixed location with a limited perspective, you're hardly in a position to come to a reasoned view that they aren't doing it right. Sometimes when you are dealing with a problem, you have to stack traffic in locations where it doesn't cause a problem for the wider network and allow the routes to flow where the queues are having a wider impact. Your example was probably just such a case. UTC isn't a silver bullet and I never implied it was. I said it allows you to manage traffic better. Manging queues isn't eliminating them. UTC systems allow prioritisation and better overall control of the road network. That's why most decent size towns and cities worldwide have systems like that.
  5. I'd suspect it wont. Vehicles using that route are going towards the ring road and they have an alternative in that they could go up Broad Lane and join it at Brook Hill instead. In any case the Council have traffic models which can simulate the effect of what they are doing, so they will know the likely effects. They also have a sophisticated urban traffic control system, via which they can alter traffic signal timings to cope with changes in traffic levels on the network. So, build ups can be managed. General traffic levels are currently circa a third down on normal, so there isn't as much traffic congestion. Post Covid, it seems a lot more people are likely to work from home more often, so perhaps there won't be as much traffic at all. If that's the case, reducing capacity a bit at some junctions isn't going to have the catastrophic effect that you envisage.
  6. Banned turns aren’t camera enforced anywhere in England outside London because the government haven’t given approval for it. I believe the government said recently that they are finally going to roll out the powers to camera enforce banned turns and box junctions, but as far as I know it hasn’t happened yet. On Prince of Wales Rd there are both speed and red light cameras.
  7. I saw it too, over Rivelin, being harassed by crows.
  8. Early this year I saw detailed options plans for the West Yorkshire elements of NPR and discussed them with the teams who were designing it. Looked considerably more than a "crayon doodle". Yes, because they are bigger and more vibrant than Sheffield
  9. And you really think that the Environment Agency would allow all that filth to be discharged directly into a river do you? The muck on the road will include oils and in winter de-icing salts, which could be very harmful to aquatic life. I'm no highway drainage expert either, but I can see that the point where it floods its the low point on the roads from several different directions. What happens there is that the local drainage system can't cope with the amount of water thrown at it, so the capacity of the drainage system would need to be improved, or if that is not possible, storage capacity would need to be incorporated to hold the surge in water until the local system can get it away. All of which means a lot of digging and disruption and a lot of cost. That's a lot of money and effort to deal with an occasional minor inconvenience. That probably tells you why it hasn't been dealt with already.
  10. Already happening (hopefully). See:https://transportforthenorth.com/northern-powerhouse-rail/
  11. The councillor who promoted and approved the Shalesmoor scheme doesn’t seem to have done too badly out of it. Perhaps being seen as a progressive who is prepared to try new things and make difficult and unpopular decisions is a good career move..... I wouldn’t describe it as a money grab, SCC, like pretty much every other council has policies to promote walking, cycling and public transport over private car use. That is entirely in line with central government policy and the government are throwing plenty of money at it as it addresses a lot of pressing issues like climate change, decarbonisation, air quality and public health.
  12. This is rather predicated on the enforcing authorities having the means and the will to enforce the restriction. They have neither. The general view of the police across the country is that 20 zones should be self enforcing by their layout and incorporating traffic calming features. Also it is only in the last few years that equipment has become available that can enforce 20 limits. A very high percentage of drivers ignore signing only 20 limits and there’s plenty of evidence to show that they have an extremely small effect on average speeds and the numbers of injuries from collisions.
  13. I think the major issue with this line of thinking is that the vast majority of drivers don’t want to stick to 20 limits. I see very few who do.
  14. The government money ( Transforming Cities Fund) they are using for this has been specifically awarded for these projects. It must also be spent within a 3 year timeframe. They can’t spend it on a tram extension, which in any case would take circa 10 years to plan and several years to build.
  15. SCR wouldn't be able to build tram extensions without government funding, even in the devolved funding scenario that comes with having a mayor. The control they have in London is about franchising of routes and having a unified fares structure and one brand. That is now possible outside London in regions with a mayor, but no-one has done it so far. There are good reasons for that, as have been debated in other threads.
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