This week’s award for lack of forethought, poor planning and complete dearth of common sense goes to BJ&C Carberry of Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.
These clowns decided that transporting a wide load through the morning rush hour was a smart idea. Not only that, they decided to deliver these 2 containers against the flow of traffic. The road they used is the major A road link between my county and the next. I got stuck behind this juggernaut on the way home and it took over half an hour to travel just 6 miles, even if they did have advance ‘escort’ vehicles trying (vainly it must be said) to stop oncoming traffic or move it to the curb.
We regularly have to run on blue lights down this road; it’s the main link to a rural area of the county covering about 100 square miles. Imagine if we had to attend the type of incident they had on the M4 last night; or a cardiac arrest; or a status epilepticus: lives would have been at risk – if not lost.
You can see from the above picture how much of the road the vehicle was taking up, and this was on one of the wider sections: in fact we came to a halt here for nearly 5 minutes (which is when I took the picture) while they tried to juggle oncoming trucks and buses so the vehicle could get passed.
Trying to get through the town proved a real challenge and brought everything to a grinding halt*.
What was wrong with moving this load during the night when the roads are empty? It’s not as if they needed to have a receiving yard unlocked on arrival. As you can see from the top picture they parked up on the pavement outside the factory.
Luckily no emergency vehicles needed to pass during the time I was stuck in the queue, although a perverse part of me wanted one to come along just to see what these bozos would do. I wonder, had this wide-load delayed an emergency vehicle, due to the ludicrous time of day they chose to travel, would Carberry’s have been committing an offence under the Emergency Workers (Obstruction) Bill?
Rant over; I’m off to bed.
*(Using a bit of local knowledge I’d managed to slip down some country lanes so I got ahead of them to get this picture).