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Congestion charge best way forward.

A BYPASS, if it ever came to fruition, would not ease the congestion problem - in fact it would add to it.

Longlands roundabout is the proposed junction of this. Can I put forward the problems already at this junction - ie every weekday morning from 8.15am onwards traffic on the Trunk Road is built up back to the Buccaneer pub. Traffic lights are the cause of this, with traffic coming from the A66 sliproad blocking the roundabout turning right.

This happens because further down the road, heading towards Marton, is a school crossing patrol which halts traffic causing even further congestion.

The rate of house building on the outskirts of Middlesbrough is going to increase the amount of traffic on the road, which will quickly negate the value of a bypass. The majority of cars coming into Middlesbrough have only one person in them.

If we can get these people onto public transport, mainly the train, this will reduce the problem.

I believe people like Mr Hayes (Feedback, 30.09.16) seem to be very blinkered on the subject and are failing to look at the bigger picture.

I am quite serious about the introduction of a congestion charge, it would clear the way for public transport.

HARRY WILLIAMS, Middlesbrough

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Oct 3, 2016
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