Over 700,000 march to Demand Better than Brexit

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Last Saturday 4 coaches from Shropshire made the journey down to London for the People’s Vote march to demand better than Brewit and a final say on the deal with an option to remain. At the previous march in June, there was only 1 coach from Shropshire. 220 went by coach with significant numbers travelling down independently by train/car. A large contingent of these was from North Shropshire.
Many Lib Dems from across Shropshire and North Shropshire in particular joined the 700,000 demanding a final say
Many Lib Dems from across Shropshire and North Shropshire, in particular, joined the 700,000 demanding a final say. Constituency chairman, David Walker, seen here on the left
Like the movement as a whole, the group represented the whole political spectrum, including Lib Dems, Greens, Labour and Conservative supporters and many with no political affiliation at all, coordinated by Open Britain Shrewsbury.
Shropshire demanding a final say on the Brexit deal, with an option to Exit from Brexit
Over 250 Shropshire residents demanded a final say on the Brexit deal, with an option to Exit from Brexit and remain
The official tally was 700,000 people but 840,000 has been suggested by the Metropolitan Police. It is clear that the march was 4 times larger than the last time. As more details of the deal or no deal emerge every day, these numbers reflect the growing demand for a People’s Vote with a final say on the deal and an option to remain.
Over 700,000 people marched for over 2 hours, with a 2 hour delay from the front to the back of the march
Over 700,000 people marched for over 2 hours, with a 2-hour delay from the front to the back of the march
The contingent from Shropshire formed up outside the Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane, at 11:30 pm – The march started at 12 pm but it was another 2 hours before they actually started their march.  By that time the rally in Parliament square had started at 2 pm. The Shropshire group only arrived at Trafalgar Square at 4 pm, missing all of the speeches in Parliament Square. Shropshire marchers completed the 2 1/2 mile route at 4:30 pm.
The former Lib Dem MP for Ludlow, Matthew Green was marching with Shropshire residents to demand a final say
The former Lib Dem MP for Ludlow, Matthew Green was marching with Shropshire residents to demand a final say
700,000 is equivalent to:
* Over 1% of the UK population
* The 2nd biggest protest EVER in the UK
* The biggest since the Iraq War protests
* Enough to be the UK’s 5th largest city
David Walker, Chair of North Shropshire Liberal Democrats, said:
“Every day it is becoming clearer that more and more people are demanding better than Brexit. People have been sold a pup. Regardless of whether a deal can be struck or not, or whether you voted Leave or remain, it is clear nobody will be getting what they were promised during the referendum. Nobody voted for this Brexit shambles, to be poorer or to put jobs and the economy at risk. It is time to give the people the final say on the deal with an option to remain.”
European Movement - Oswestry and North Shropshire branch supporters and Open Britain supporters joined in the march from Shropshire
European Movement – Oswestry and North Shropshire branch supporters and Open Britain Shrewsbury supporters joined in the march from Shropshire
Shropshire residents on the People's Vote march on the 20th October in London, marching under the Open Britain banner
Shropshire residents on the People’s Vote march on the 20th October in London, marching under the Open Britain Shropshire banner

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Maesbury Road junction is dangerous | Clive Geary

Clive Geary, a Driving Instructor from Weston Rhyn, says: "New Maesbury road junction is dangerous"

My name is Clive Geary. I am a Driving Instructor from Weston Rhyn. I believe the new Maesbury Road junction is dangerous and needs urgent action to remedy the problem. There have already been accidents, including an accident on the day the junction opened, after months of safety work. It simply isn’t good enough to hope people get used to the junction. Problems can and should have been designed out of the junction. Locals may get used to it but what about the 1,000s of vehicles that aren’t local. We should all demand better from Highways England.

Maesbury Road junction is dangerous- the lines are confusing drivers

The dividing line for the lanes has been extended out onto the A483.

New Maesbury Road Junction still an accident risk

Clive Geary, a Driving Instructor from Western Rhyn and Liberal Democrat campaigner explains some of the issues with the new Maesbury Road Junction which whilst sorting some issues has created other issues that have and could lead to further accidents 1 of 2

Posted by North Shropshire Liberal Democrats on Tuesday, 9 October 2018

On several occasions now, I have witnessed vehicles passing the red traffic light, going beyond the stop line and actually stopping out on the A483, in the path of oncoming traffic from the Mile End direction.

Drivers are seeing the traffic light on the far side of the A483, which repeats the traffic light that they should have stopped at. The line dividing the lanes has been extended out onto the A483 making is less clear where you need to stop. Removing those unnecessary lines would make it easier for drivers to see where they should stop when they see a red light.

Traffic Lights are badly sited causing confusion

On approaching the traffic lights from the Welshpool direction, the first set of lights are poorly sited. The first traffic light on the left-hand side of the road is obscured by traffic signs, this means that if a high sided vehicle is in the right-hand land a vehicle in the left lane can completely miss the first set of lights and think the next set, protecting the turn for the industrial estate are for them and therefore pass a red signal.

Clive Geary Maesbury Road unsighted traffic lights

Clive Geary, a Driving Instructor from Western Rhyn and Liberal Democrat campaigner explains some of the issues with the new Maesbury Road Junction which whilst sorting some issues has created other issues that have and could lead to further accidents 2 of 2 (Unsighted traffic lights)

Posted by North Shropshire Liberal Democrats on Tuesday, 9 October 2018

In addition, the set of lights protecting the right turn onto the industrial can be confused with the very first set of light protecting the traffic entering the A483 from the Maesbury entry.

I have already witnessed several occasions where different vehicles have passed the first red traffic lights, thinking that the next set of lights, being at green are from them and nearly hitting traffic entering the A483 coming from Maesbury.

There is also a slip road on the A483 to allow traffic coming from the Welshpool direction direct access onto the industrial estate. This slip road is not traffic light controlled. But due to the location of the 2nd set of traffic lights, vehicles are confusing a red stop signal which is not for them and stopping when they do not need to, leading to the risk of rear-end collisions. Or when they are entering the slip road, as it is not clear, they are failing to give way to traffic making a right turn onto the industrial estate from the Mile End direction.

Good design ‘designs out’ these problems

 

Any traffic junction should be readily and quickly understandable by motorists.

This junction was modified as the previous layout was deemed to be unsafe. The new layout is confusing and therefore is also unsafe.

The council has stated that drivers will get used to the new layout in time!

So, will the council be writing to every motorist in the UK, should they pass through or visit the Oswestry area, with a map of the new junction and instructions of what they need to do?

Surely a cheaper and safer option requiring less maintenance would have been a roundabout.

We should all demand better from Highways England. Maesbury Road junction is dangerous… fix it!


If, like Clive, you want to Demand Better from Highways England then please contact us a let us know what you think