The Ranty Highwayman)
SATURDAY, 27 AUGUST 2016
Close The Road, Open The Street
SO, YESTERDAY, WE DECAMPED TO CLACTON-ON-SEA IN ESSEX FOR THE ANNUAL CLACTON AIR SHOW AND ALTHOUGH THE MAIN INTEREST WAS BLASTING AROUND THE SKY, THERE WAS THE USUAL OPPORTUNITY FOR SOME GEEKY TRANSPORT OBSERVATION.
Closing roads to traffic is pretty common for events and festivals; indeed, we often have large roads closed for such events which also attract a great deal of people travelling by car (and the Clacton Airshow attracted a lot of vehicles). OK, there was some traffic congestion when the show finished, but in fairness, it’s no different to a stadium kicking out or a retail park on a Sunday afternoon.
We normally agonise over traffic models, we deal with objections about perceived loss of trade or an increase in congestion. But it is so often the case that the system rebalances and we have set aside space for other uses as a result. Perhaps we should undertake “before” and “after” studies on events to generate more data to show how things can cope and indeed how closing roads can open our streets.