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October 09, 2005

Through Cambridgeshire to...enlightenment

Driving to my parents in Yorkshire is now done on a Friday night. It's a military operation, involving laundry, ironing and packing like crazy all week so everything is ready to be shoveled in the car during Daisy's bath so she can sleep all the wayto the north. The alternatives are too horrible to contemplate.

One of the grottiest bits of the journey is Cambridgeshire. It is full of four-lane-wide roads riddled with speed cameras. Everything tells you you should be going faster...it's like they've done it deliberately just for the cash. It's half an hour of concentration and needle-watching while you hang on till Linconshire and freedom from paranoia.

So it was with a certain amount of depression that the Linconshire border sign is now shortly followed by a speed camera sign.

I grit my teeth and settle down to the exact speed limit, and resign myself to another half-hour of this.

But no, I've slowed down, and then within half a mile there's a sign saying 'roundabout ahead'.

They've used the camera to get everyone down to a sensible speed in advance of the danger spot.

Four miles later, another speed camera, followed by a crossroads that has always looked a bit dicey for drives on the B-road. And so it continued. Again and again, we were encouraged out of our own excesses for our own protection.

Genius. The traffic planners of Lincolnshire - I applaud you.

Posted by Tom Dolan at October 9, 2005 01:33 PM

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