(We’ve temporarily taken video down as it was conflicting with the site – apologies.
Back up as soon as its fixed!)
Giant lorry attempts to turn right at very small corner in Pontcanna!
Our video of lorry following the proposed (Sainsburys?) supermarket delivery route – REAL evidence of what it’d be REALLY like – with 5 deliveries between 7am and 1pm everyday.* Video (name that tune?) featuring:
• Lorry wheels rolling over pavement, having taken several attempts to turn the corner
• Car reversing back down Severn Grove as lorry is blocking way (with no way out)
• 2 cars doing 3 point turns as traffic at stand-still using empty residents spaces to turn
• Not very happy at all Post Office van driver
• Lady in red car attempting to turn left in very small space on Kings Road
• Cyclist forced onto pavement as Kings road is blocked
• Mothers with children in strollers concerned about turning corner with Lorry nearby
• Route for emergency services?
• ‘Traffic coming the other way’ unlike in the developer’s transport report
• and… Suzi from Flowers with a Twist explaining to drivers that the lorry was demonstrating how it would be to have a supermarket delivery route here.
We would like you to write letters to the council highlighting what its really like, and could be like, if supermarkets open in Pontcanna – see great letter by our AM/MP: MD&KB_letter and all other letters in our letters/quotes tab. Deadline is today!
Suzi from Flowers with a Twist:
“Traffic test….Sincere apologies to anyone who was inconvenienced on Thurs 19/1 morning by a large articulated lorry on junction of Severn Grove & King’s Rd. This was to provide photographic evidence to the Council of what a nightmare it would be for delivery lorries taking this route. As discussed and agreed at residents’ meeting on Jan 12th, one of the flower suppliers to Flowers with a Twist kindly agreed to help us with this campaign by driving his large articulated lorry along the proposed delivery route so that we could get appropriate photographic evidence of the problem.”
John Nord, Andrew’s Special Flowers (ASF) (the driver):
“Despite 25 years experience as a driver throughout Europe, I would never (normally) use this route as it’s too narrow and traffic is too heavy. If any vehicles were parked in the left hand residents’ bays on Severn Grove, just before the King’s Rd junction it’s impossible for an articulated lorry to make the right hand turn without hitting the vehicles parked on left. Articulated lorries have a pivoting rear axle that will swing out to left, the moment the vehicles starts to turn right. For an articulated lorry to make this turn, the rear wing of the lorry has to swing out to the left (i.e. over the lines into the residents bay on left) and would hit any vehicles parked there.”
Thanks to everyone, especially John and Suzi and all the people passing by who shouted out support and “hope you’re filming this for the campaign!”
Please write letters to council to stop this becoming a reality – Deadline is Monday 23 January. You can write letters even if you sent one for the original campaign; and if you work, live, visit and like Pontcanna. Please click here for Sample restrictions letter. THANK YOU.
*NOTE: Highlight to the council that Article 243 of the Highway Code states that cars shall not ‘stop or park opposite or within 10 metres [32 feet] of a junction, except in an authorised parking space.’ The proposed 15m long loading bay/3 parking spaces outside the proposed shop start 5 metres from the junction. This provision is therefore sub-standard, particularly when used on a daily basis, and does not allow adequate space for movement at the junction where congestion can occur. This reinforces the point that large articulated delivery vehicles [16.5m] which could take up even more space than the loading bay are totally unacceptable in highway terms.