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    keith moss wrote:
    The overall numbers of cars in the UK now stands at 39 995 000 vehicles on the roads
    Worldwide this figure is now over one billion vehicles.
    The number of these machines is escalating beyond control.
    Except by not having one, i did regain control.
    Vehicles "drive" the current economic system,and have enabled the economic enslavement by consumerism of whole generations of human beings and their children.Damning future generations to consumption of a different kind.
    Vehicles stand alongside TV as humanities damnation,they enable greed of a scale never before seen in history,and have in their effect on the minds of men created a sub species of creatures who all need to be somewhere else.In every scene of misery worldwide that I see, there is a vehicle parked in the background.Every traffic jam is full of them.
    Furthermore cars have created an economic model in which all those humans lifted from poverty everywhere aspire to vehicle ownership,and not a less materialistic goal.This "fuels" the poverty of mankind,as the vehicle enables those inside to take more than they can carry or need themselves.Greed in a nutshell.
    The changes to society this "phenomena" has caused are massive and has led to an increasing abandonment and devaluing of our older people,the collapse of the traditional retail system,alterations to diet and perhaps most shockingly the apparent physical alteration to the overall "look"and "outlook" of the species.
    So yes i hope Town Bridge shuts the global road network for a thousand years.
    I now recognise driving as an addiction,and that individual perspectives differ, dependant on a persons current state of enlightenment and that each "step" changes an individuals perspective when one realises that in life the only necessary journey will be the next one.x
    The reason ther are too many cars trying to get thro' the town centre is because there is no public transport network"
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Town Bridge in Northwich to be closed for roadworks

Town Bridge to be closed for roadworks

Town Bridge to be closed for roadworks

First published in News
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Northwich Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

YEARS of planning will be put to the test at the weekend when Northwich’s one-way system faces a bridge closure.

Town Bridge, a Grade Two listed structure, will be closed for maintenance from 6pm on Saturday, June 7, to 4pm on Sunday, June 8.

During this time the gyratory system will be suspended to allow traffic to travel in both directions.

The Canal and River Trust will work overnight on Saturday to replace the oak threshold beams on the historic bridge then Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWAC) will resurface the road on Sunday.

Dave Clarkson, senior principal engineer with the Canal and River Trust, said: “I’m hoping it will all go smoothly – unlike the current road surface.

“The big challenge here, that both the Canal and River Trust and the council have been working closely in partnership on, is to work in the traffic management system that enables us to reverse the one-way system and ensure it’s easy to implement.

“There was a long consultation between ourselves and the council when they first brought in the one-way system because it included two bridges.

“You can’t take one bridge out and carry on working through with the one-way, so it makes it more interesting.

“We had a look at it from the point of view of something unforeseen occurring that caused one of the bridges to be locked off and us having to implement something quite quickly.

“We’ve done some fine tuning as we’ve approached these works.

“The proof will be in the pudding but I think the system we’re going to implement will give us two-way running and avoid any significant diversion route.”

The bridge, built in 1899, is a Grade Two listed structure so engineers also have to work closely with English Heritage and use original materials in any replacement work.

The hard wearing timber threshold beams last an average of 14 years, although with changes to the traffic flow caused by the gyratory this will be closely monitored in future.

Clr Lynn Riley, CWAC’s executive member for localities, said: “We have worked closely with the trust to schedule this closure at a time when it will cause least disruption and we hope that implementing a temporary two-way system will help to keep traffic flowing.”

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