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Government May Limit Local M1 Motorway to 60MPH for Environmental Reasons

'Green' scheme: A 60mph speed limit will be imposed within months on a 32-mile stretch of the M1 (pictured). It will be enforced from junction 28, near Matlock, Derbyshire, to junction 35a, north of Rotherham, Yorkshire

From the Daily Mail.

In a move which will surely offend all of those who feel the need for speed, the Highways Agency are considering a 60mph limit on our local stretch of the M1 at busy times. This will reduce congestion and pollution apparently and is now out for consultation.

As a fully paid up member of the Institute of Advanced Motorists I would give my cautious support, but a simple straw poll of friends and acquaintances suggests I’m in a minority!

Have your say here.

New A57 Edges Close to Completion EXCLUSIVE VIDEO!

The next stage of the mammoth A57 improvements to link Todwick and the M1 with a new roundabout and dual carriageway move on apace with the partial opening of the new road! Motorists can now use the new route, albeit in single carriageway mode for now.

See our clip from our maiden voyage this morning, ignore the time/date on the video, my dashcam is a bit dicky!

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Anston Parish Council Meeting April 10 2013

It’s a lovely light meeting as we skip along to Anston Parish Council, the Parish Hall looks serene on this lovely spring evening. In the public gallery are myself, two muted hecklers and the Council fan club, hardly a soul to be seen.

A civilised evening indeed, no arguing or spitefulness at all and the Police didn’t even see the need to attend. The agenda was quite full as Dominic Beck kicked off from the chair dressed smart but casually.

The demise of the bowls club and modernisation of fixtures and fittings was discussed along with the Council’s relationship with the various users of the building and grounds.

An infestation of rabbits has been noted, along with semi-nude footballers who often fail to use the changing facilities provided. The footballers were also accused of going for a wee up against the wall, the rabbits I’m sure are more discreet. All present felt that this wasn’t necessary, grown men should not expose themselves in a residential neighbourhood as this would rightly outrage local residents.

As local chavs on bikes peered in at the windows we had a quick change of chair and pressed on, a debate on tree pruning had Cllrs Dalton and Thornton suggesting the nuclear option of a large axe. Cllr Saint-John wasn’t so sure, he’s obviously a closet tree hugger and more power to him for it.

RMBC were criticised for imposing charges for services that were previously rendered FOC and the siting of mobile CCTV was supported, although Clive and Stewart noted that it was no substitute for parenting and policing.

Improving the publicity around planning applications and some resurfacing on the A57 was welcomed. The Council will also be attending a meeting at RMBC on 16 April to learn what parts of Dinnington are to be tarmacced over in the next 15 years (months) and will be hosting a private presentation by Save our Greenbelt on 22 April.

The meeting closed and shocked by the civility we stumble out into the semi darkness. Stewart hasn’t been clubbed like a seal on a single occasion, a truly remarkable thing.

Will the season of goodwill continue to the usual Monday meeting next week or not? We will be there to find out!

Traffic in North Anston (UPDATED)

Update 3: Looks like the Diversion Might be here for the Duration!

We are hearing from various places that the current diversion through North Anston may have to stay in place until October or maybe even early 2014 when the road is due to be finished. More when we get it!

Update 2: Delay on re-opening Todwick Road

Speaking to Ringway today , the company carrying out the work it has become necessary to keep Todwick Road closed until 18 May. This does mean that traffic will continue to be a problem through North Anston, but was unavoidable as delays arose redirecting some of the vital services like BT cabling. I am quite impressed so far with the management of traffic, when you consider the magnitude of the work.

Anston certainly seems to have it’s fair share of road digging at the moment, it’s like living in Sheffield again!

Update: Hopefully the end will soon be in sight

Ringway Infrastructure Services, the contractor working on the A57 improvements still aims to have Todwick Road operational again by 28 April. This will alleviate the problems in North Anston at the moment as the village main road and Pennypiece Lane are taking the brunt of the diversion.

More news as we get it!

Map of the improvement scheme here.


Original Post: Traffic in North Anston

Locals in North Anston will have noticed a marked increase in traffic on the main road since new year. This is of course due to the closure of the main Dinnington to Todwick road at Todwick crossroads. The aim is to have this back up and running for the end of April, but in the meantime the impact is being felt.

As discussed at Anston Parish council lorries have started to use Pennypiece Lane for access to the industrial estate from the A57. This crafty little short cut is actually unlawful due to a weight limit on the road, but this of course depends upon effective enforcement which we don’t really tend to get I feel.

I know that a lot of the time wagon drivers are just following their sat navs, but the signs are there for a reason chaps!