No alternatives

PUBLISHED: 16:56 22 March 2006 | UPDATED: 09:01 24 May 2010

I am in total support with Michael Parker in that, despite all the protests over the Cabstand, no-one has yet suggested a viable alternative. Indeed I do recall that one of the protesters had the idea that the whole system should be scrapped and be repla

I am in total support with Michael Parker in that, despite all the protests over the Cabstand, no-one has yet suggested a viable alternative. Indeed I do recall that one of the protesters had the idea that the whole system should be scrapped and be replaced by a very large roundabout. Perhaps we tend to forget that over the space of perhaps a year, the Cabstand has had to cope with the resiting of a school, three new complexes on Wyndham Way and a continued increase in new residents, most of whom at some time or another pass through the lights.I also believe the lack of a traffic warden contributes to the chaotic way that some motorists park and drive. Indeed, there are occasions when traffic has been halted, not because of the lights, but because motorists have attempted to park in inappropriate places, have stopped to let a passenger out of their car, and indeed to queue over the bubble at the bottom of Avon Way, thereby not allowing traffic to proceed up Avon Way.It seems to be a tendency to assume that every time motorists appear unable to move forward, it is the fault of the Cabstand.Ask the traders whose businesses are adjacent to the Cabstand whether there are now constant long queues and they will tell you that in general the traffic flows smoothly. Of course there are delays, but they are not as significant as they once were.Make no mistake, the Cabstand is here to stay, perhaps as Michael Parker stated, we should be channelling all these new-found protests into pressing the powers that be to reinstate the Portishead to Bristol rail link.Ron Hazelton - Roath Road, Portishead

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