Two-way plea for Swingate traffic

Kimberley High street one way system to Green lane. John Sisson.
Kimberley High street one way system to Green lane. John Sisson.

A KIMBERLEY resident is calling for High Street to be made two-way to avoid traffic building up after the town’s Sainsbury’s supermarket is extended.

John Sisson said the road needs to be opened up to two-way traffic to take some of the pressure off Greens Lane, where Sainsbury’s is situated, and give Swingate residents another exit route out of their cul-de-sac.

Drivers coming from Swingate are currently forced to go down Greens Lane, past the supermarket, and into town because of the no entry sign at the entrance to High Street.

Now Mr Sisson believes the build-up of traffic during rush hour will only get worse once Sainsbury’s has expanded and has called for improvements to be made.

“You get stuck in traffic from Sainsbury’s as it is,” he said. “It’s going to be a heck of a lot worse. There will be extra delivery lorries soon. It’s going to be a nightmare for people.”

Mr Sisson, who lives in Swingate himself, says a ‘stop, give way’ sign could be put at the top of Greens Lane to make it safer and he said a weight restriction could be put in High Street to stop Sainsbury’s delivery trucks using the road, because it is so narrow.

But Nottinghamshire County Council said the one-way system was put in place for safety reasons and it would cost thousands of pounds to review and reverse it, which it cannot afford with the budget cuts.

Mr Sisson, 65, said: “We are paying our council tax in Swingate for nothing. Why can’t we have a decent road in and out of Swingate?”

The county council’s highways liaison officer Paula Johnson said: “The one way system was put there, with the support of residents, to address a safety problem at the junction of Greens Lane and High Street. The fact that it is a safety scheme makes it very difficult for the council to justify making changes to.

“Amending the network would require a major project to assess the impact on affected streets and expensive projects are becoming more and more difficult to justify, and more fundamentally, afford.”