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South Tyneside drivers A1 with no grit

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Caution and safety become the norm

Now that South Tyneside Council has ran out of grit and rock salt for all but the highest priority roads, it has become apparent in a very short space of time that drivers can manage without it. During yesterday evening’s fresh snowfall I witnessed drivers negotiating a roundabout on a major road in South Shields driving at speeds of around 10 mph and leaving gaps of about 60 yards between each other, it was fascinating to see how careful, thoughtful, cautious, and safety conscious the drivers were.  All road markings were thoroughly covered by the heavy snow, leaving drivers with no option but to fend, very carefully for themselves, and they nearly all managed to give an A1 driving performance.

It was a pretty instructive few minutes of behaviour watching, just shows what people can manage to do when left to make their own decisions.

It would be nice to think that we could manage without any new supplies of road grit during the rest of the winter, it might stop shopkeepers complaining about the mess being dragged onto their floors every day too!

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Written by curly

January 9, 2010 at 10:37 am

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  1. Various Dutch and Belgian towns have completely dropped road markings in various areas. Even pavements in places. Cars and people find their own way around, thinking about what they are doing and not relying on white lines or little green men. The problem with, for example, Sunderland’s Park Lane is no one is sure whether it is a street or a pedestrian area so the interaction of car and pedestrian is not so smooth.


    January 9, 2010 at 11:25 am

  2. We have a couple of such areas in South Shields including Westoe Crown Village and they do seem to be enjoying success. It really is quite amazing to see what can be achieved when you empower people to make their own responsible decisions.


    January 9, 2010 at 6:08 pm

  3. Having worked overseas in a captal city where there were no road markings, no traffic lights at all and just the odd roundabout (where it was optional which way you went round) one way streets where nobody minded which way up you drove, no street lights, cars without any light all (yes even at night), and certainly no grit or salt at all in the winter (snow and temps down to -20C’s common), in fact, all the norms of western roads systems rules and laws were absent. Here, the traffic just seemed to work with very little problem. It is heartening to know that South Shields can also respond the right way to les ordered conditions!


    January 10, 2010 at 9:01 pm

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