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Discussion in 'Stafford Chat' started by captainpish, Oct 6, 2014.

  1. Mikinton

    Mikinton Well-Known Forumite

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    I don't know if you're still interested, but coming north from Birmingham, the M6 was closed last night from J10 (Walsall / Willenhall). It started backing up just after the turn-off for the M5 and probably took me a little under an hour and a half to get back to Baswich from there. (10:35 to midnight). I'd have been a bit quicker if I'd not been stuck in the slow lane at the time, having two lanes on both sides merging in, and if I'd come back via Walsall instead of Wolverhampton (at that time of night, I wasn't going to mess around with unfamiliar roads).
     
  2. staffordjas

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    Thanks for that. Will be aware for next time I'm coming back late from Worcester.
    Hubbys coach was stuck for ages trying to get onto the M6 from the M5 around that time on Tuesday night , but the M6 wasn't actually closed around that area then. Maybe was starting coning it off as they were approaching .
    (Last time I was diverted off and came through Walsall I thought I knew the way , as many moons ago I used to drive to Wednesbury most nights for years that way. Ended up getting lost as the straight on way I used to go down the main road to Bloxwich was a no entry. )
     
  3. stoofer34

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    Glam Mad Cat Woman

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    Gramaisc Forum O. G.

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    If you do, you need to put your name down as a patient.
     
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  6. Thehooperman

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    Massive queues trailing back as far as Halfords from the northern McDonald's entrance.

    Looked like there were similar queues from the Eccleshall Road direction as well.

    Big Mac panic buying by the looks of it.
     
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  7. littleme

    littleme 250,000th poster!

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    Oh my! Is that what that was? I thought there was a motorway problem. Why are people so stupid & uncaring?!
     
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  8. Thehooperman

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    I think it was Maccies' customers because there were other cars undertaking the queue by the McDonald's entrance.

    I wonder if it is possible to freeze a Big Mac and fries? You could make a fortune :)
     
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  9. littleme

    littleme 250,000th poster!

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    No, thanks! As I've got older I dislike maccies more & more, KFC sticky chicken is another matter all together - why won't they make it all year round!? Nom nom nom...
     
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  10. Cue

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    It'll be Greggs tomorrow.
     
  11. littleme

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    Already is as of Tomorrow. Expect everywhere apart from supermarkets and pharmacies by Wednesday - or Friday at the latest.
     
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  12. littleme

    littleme 250,000th poster!

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    Is the M6 shut?
     
  13. proactive

    proactive Behind you with a big stick!

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    It appears to be closed northbound between 13 and 14.

    ETA, that's according to Google.

    Waze seems to think the delay is southbound.
     
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  14. littleme

    littleme 250,000th poster!

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    Yeah, Google told me it's closed till 28th march but that didn't sound believable, I can hear a huge amount of traffic on the a34
     
  15. GNM67

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    There are overnight closures on the M6, but google doesn't show it properly.
     
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  16. joshua

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    Cllr Carolyn Trowbridge

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    I have been asked for an Update: Highways

    Introduction
    During these unprecedented times it is important that our road network remains safe and accessible so that other key workers, emergency services, medical supplies and goods can get to where they need to be. In line with government advice our highways teams are continuing to carry out road repairs and improvements across the county. That means fixing potholes and carrying out other maintenance tasks where they can. Crews will also be continuing to work on new construction schemes where workforce and supplies allow to help protect the economy during the pandemic.

    Status of our key operational activities at 2/4/2020 – AMBER
    Pothole repairs and other reactive maintenance activity - continues to be progressed in order of risk priority
    Gully cleansing and other routine operations - continuing as programmed
    Surface Dressing – 20/21 programme scheduled to start towards the end of April. Method statements are being reviewed to enable social distancing.
    Local Improvement Schemes – currently continuing but with expected delays due to impact on public consultation events
    Major construction sites - currently continuing as programmed e.g. Stafford Western Access Route, Lichfield Southern Bypass, i54 and the MGOV.
    Streetlighting - currently operating as usual
    Traffic Signal Systems - currently operating as usual
    School Crossing Patrols – majority stood-down from 23/3/2020 with isolated exceptions at high-risk sites and where attendant is not in high-risk group. Those remaining at home receiving ongoing welfare checks.
    Parking – Civil Parking Enforcement is suspended. Police enforcement continues.
    Bus Lanes / Safety Cameras – enforcement continues as usual.

    Resource capacity
    At this time absenteeism levels across the highway team remain low, with only a small number of people experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and/or in self-isolation. This situation is being closely monitored on a daily basis. Resources will be reallocated to priority activities as necessary.

    The government issued clarity about the vital role of the construction sector late last week. This has been distributed through our supply-chain (e.g. material suppliers and builder’s merchants) with positive effect.

    26 members of the Highways and Built County team have positively responded to the Council’s internal “I Count” campaign – volunteering to assist with critical social care activities throughout the COVID-19 crisis. Wherever possible we will support this effort, which may result in a reduced highway service for the corresponding period of time.

    Health and Safety
    Safety is our number 1 priority. In line with government advice all staff are working from home wherever possible. This includes our own staff, our first-tier providers like Amey and EoN, and their supply-chains. Operatives are travelling to site in separate vehicles and receiving regular reminders on safe working, hand hygiene and social distancing.

    Meetings with Members (including DHP) and other stakeholders will be conducted by phone / skype as necessary. All public consultation events, along with road safety education and training activities, have been cancelled and will be rescheduled or redesigned to enable social distancing.

    Hope this helps - Stay safe xx
     
  17. Thehooperman

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    So that's why I had a tarmac lorry sat outside my house for an hour with its engine running when I was trying to listen to a conference call last week?

    I would have thought that there would be far higher priority potholes to fix rather than on a small cul-de-sac on an estate.

    Surely the workers would be safer than usual if they worked on the main road potholes whilst there's less traffic at the moment.
     
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  18. c0tt0nt0p

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    I've just had a ride around the Hough retail park with the little one and was truly staggered how many flogs rocked up expecting home bargains, b&q and Argos to be open...

    It doesn't given you much hope in our current predicament....
     
  19. PeterD

    PeterD ST16 Represent.

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    I genuinely expect B&Q to be open. I am unsure what a flog is though.
     
  20. littleme

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    Flog is a slang term for “wanker”, itself meaning someone who's up themself, getting ideas above their station.
     
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