A quiz for you.
In the two weeks working at HMP Askern Grange how many apprentices
picked up a speeding ticket on the A64?
How many got two tickets over the two week period?
How many got two tickets in one day?
How many would not have got a ticket at all if they were in a car not a
van doing that speed?
How many would not have got a ticket if they were using Google maps and
looked for the speed camera notifications?
How many tickets did I get?
BTW there is no prize.
I was returning from a country show last year and on the long downhill dual
carriageway section of the A64 when I noticed a parasite van in a layby. F
ortunately I was being overtaken by someone who hadn't noticed it. That mus
t have taken the parasites attention which gave me time to brake.
If HARMs were legal I'd have one fitted.
That sounds like Whitwell Hill, between Malton and York. We used to live
very near there (just on the Malton side of the hill) and we were very
cautious about starting at the top of the hill at 70 and finding the car had
crept up to 80 by the bottom. It is a well-known (to locals) spot for the
police speed camera vans to wait for their prey. The police aren't being
completely vindictive. The cross roads at the bottom of the hill, before the
road rises slightly to go over the railway bridge, was notorious for
accidents because there is *supposedly* not much sighting time for cars
waiting to join the A64 to see cars coming from York, and cars coming from
Malton may have got up to 80 (and the rest!) after the hill. The junction
was redesigned about 2 years ago, moving the junction with the road from
Castle Howard closer to Malton and further from the brow of the railway
bridge. I'm not sure how that has affected the accident rate, because we
moved away just before the revised junction opened.
The biggest problem that I found was that long vehicles (eg long HGV,
car/van/tractor towing a trailer) did not pull far enough forward when they
were sat in the middle of the road at right angles to the A64, having
crossed one carriageway and waiting to cross the other. There were several
near-misses when cars nearly hit the overhanging trailer. Sometimes as a
variant, long vehicles would pull too far forward and it would be their
front end that was at risk of being hit. If they are static in the middle of
the road, you see them from a long way off and know that you might need to
change to Lane 1 to avoid them; the problem is when they have been
stationary and then edge forward a few feet in anticipation of being able to
set off after you've passed - jumping the gun.
The junction ideally should be grade-separated with slip roads, but that
would cost a lot of money and there probably isn't space for slip roads.
The worse junction is at the *top* of Whitwell Hill, where the road from
Kirkham joins the A64. There is a very short slip road for cars to get up to
speed, and some people woefully overestimate how quickly their car will get
up to the speed of the car that is approaching from behind on the A64. I saw
a guy waiting (apparently) patiently, and then suddenly the unthinkable
happened: after not pulling out when he had plenty of space to do so before
I got close, he set off at the last moment. Luckily I'd checked Lane 2 in my
mirror as I approached (just in case) so I *knew* that it was safe to swerve
into Lane 2 to avoid him. Otherwise I couldn't have risked it (and it would
have taken too long to look away to check and then look back) so I'd have
had to rely entirely on braking. There was a nasty accident a few years
before we moved away: the first I knew was when our road became gridlocked
with traffic that was being diverted off through Welburn and then back on at
Barton Hill, so I went for a bike ride, partly for exercise and partly to
see what had happened.
Most of the A64 needs upgrading to dual carriageway.
Unless it is a quiet day I can get to Filey faster using the A166 and
turning off at Fridaythorpe. Same for the return journey.
Or at least dual it from Whitworth Hill to Hopgrove Roundabout
The single-carriageway A64 between Hopgrove and the Jinnah (the Indian
restaurant at the start of the dual carriageway that leads to Whitwell Hill)
suffers badly from two things: slow drivers (eg tractors) and cars pulling
out from side roads in a very leisurely manner which leads to cars on the
A64 having to panic-brake to avoid rear-ending them. It desperately needs
dualling to mitigate those hazards, and ideally it needs motorway-style
grade-separated junctions to allow traffic to cross the A64 (eg at the
Stockton-on-the-Forest crossroads near the fish-and-chip restaurant.
Ideally, the single-carriageway section from Welburn Lodge crossroads to
Malton needs to be dualled as well.
A lot of traffic seems to turn off at Malton (at one of the three junctions)
and I've not noticed *such* heavy traffic between Brambling Fields junction
People argue that the A64 should be dualled all the way to Scarborough, but
as you've pointed out the traffic splits in two at Malton. A satisfactory
solution would be to finish dualling between York and Malton, filling the
Barton Gap and the Hutton Gap, and improve the Malton-Scarborough section
to High Quality Single Carriageway.
It's one of the perennial topics in a Roads Forum I chat in. See
http://mdfs.net/maps/Pickering for general concensus of proposals.
Who owns the land? Crown estates cannot be subject to compulsory
purchase orders. Prevented an obvious dual carriageway expansion near us
for years until finally a deal has been done - involving house building
A lot of it is already land banked as Highways land, particularly
eastwards of Hopgrave and westwards from Barton Hill and near
Crambeck Bridge. The biggest land take is going to be whatever
option is used at Golden Hill, and I think at that point just
building a new alignment over farm land is the best solution.
But the lad caught twice at 70 and 71 MPH cannot do two speed awareness
courses he will have to take a fixed penalty for one of them. I wonder
if the courses are available on line?
Not sure if I got caught. I was doing below 70MPH and Thursday is the
last day allowed for the NIP.
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