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Yet another reason a sane person would be reluctant to live in, or visit Dunstable

Discussion in 'Personal' started by Duke of York, Nov 28, 2018.

  1. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-46369871

    "Traffic lights installed by Amazon outside its warehouse are causing delays of up to an hour, it has been claimed.

    The retail giant said it installed the three-way lights in Dunstable, Bedfordshire, for safety reasons.

    But other workers in the area said the lights favoured Amazon workers and made congestion worse.

    Central Bedfordshire Council said it was a "temporary measure" to benefit pedestrians.

    Amazon's 310,000 sq ft (28,799 sq m) fulfilment centre opened in autumn 2015 with 500 permanent jobs.

    'Compounding the issue'
    It said it had funded the lights for a second year to help with traffic during the Christmas period, when the company employs a "high level of extra staff".

    Pedestrians had also previously gathered at the lights on Boscombe Road during shift changeovers and there had been two collisions, it added.

    But road users said there were delays up to an hour at the lights, with reports of frustrated drivers failing to stop on red.

    Russell Robertson, who works at Houghton Hall Business Park, said: "It's just compounding the issue of the roads that are busy at that time anyway.

    "If everyone had that option I'm sure everyone would put them in place so they could get priority getting out of their own work to get home that much quicker.

    "It's very unfair on the surrounding businesses."


    Is anyone in charge in the UK anymore, or can foreign companies do whatever they want to maximise profit? If anyone wants to know what prompted the frustrated loonies to vote for Brexit, there's a lesson to be learned from this example.

    I'm at a complete loss why the good people and other businesses of Dunstable are being inconvenienced in this intolerable manner, when Amazon is allowed to get away with paying so little in tax.

    Surely the way forward is take control of the traffic lights away from Amazon, until such time as they paid the proper amount of tax.

    Actually, take control of traffic lights completely away from corporations. I can't believe anyone in their right mind would have given it to them without getting a backhander, do you?
     
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  2. sodalime

    sodalime Star commenter

    Might it be because Amazon is the biggest employer in an otherwise 'employer wasteland'?
     
  3. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    Maybe they could copy Hemel Hempstead's fine example of traffic flow management?
     
  4. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    Same when they built a big ASDA on our park. The Council's traffic guy stood up at the planning meeting to say that there would be no increase in traffic. So in went the store and a 3 way traffic light. This caused queues up to half a mile long. Then Asda opened up their petrol station (The one they had no plans to open) and the lights became 4 way and the queues are even longer.
     
  5. Photo51

    Photo51 Established commenter

    Apart from the traffic lights,, what are the other reasons that no sane person would want to live in Dunstable (pop:36,000)
     
  6. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    Dunstable Downs is a lovely place for a walk on a Sunday afternoon
     
  7. sparklepig2002

    sparklepig2002 Star commenter

    There is a lovely theatre there too.
     
  8. Shedman

    Shedman Star commenter

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