Example 1 - reducing left-turn traffic on Dixons Bank
This option has a number of advantages over the current proposal (assuming there is any benefit in providing additional left-turn capacity (which has yet to be demonstrated).•Left-turn traffic at the south end of Dixons Bank could turn at the new cross-roads and join Stainton Way west of the existing junction without queuing down Dixons Bank. The Fairway and Fulford Way would need connecting at the two roundabouts by a short length of new road to avoid using Turnberry Way.•The difficult Brass Castle lane junction would become part of the traffic light controlled cross-roads. This would improve road safety.•Construction work would have limited impact on traffic flows down Dixons Bank avoiding many months of commuter misery.
Example 2 - Ormesby Bank A171 - A174 west access slip-roads
Construction of these slip roads is just plain common-sense. How many dual carriageway roads do you know where you can only get on and off them going in one direction? It makes even more sense given that Middlesbrough Council stood by, while Redcar & Cleveland Council granted planning permission on the land at Swans Corner, Nunthorpe, blocking forever the planned access point for the Eastern By-pass (which should have been built decades ago).
Example 3 - reduction of evening queuing east on Stainton
The proposal to extend the Stainton Way carriageway east is to provide better access to the junction during the evening peak traffic as the traffic waiting to turn right (south) blocks the traffic wanting to head east or north. However, this could be simply achieved by sequencing the traffic lights to allow the waiting right-turn traffic to clear the junction first. Also, given the much lighter traffic heading west during the evening peak, smart traffic lights could also allow additional right-turn time in parallel with some of the easterly flow before then allowing combined east-west flow.
Example 4 - intelligent traffic control
The true intent of the proposal is to reduce the amount of traffic using the A172 and Marton Road in/out of Middlesbrough as this road is choked to capacity during peak times of the day. However, as most commuters use this route out of necessity, the traffic flow could be improved through the provision of intelligent traffic control; alternative transport and perhaps reducing peak traffic through the encouraging flexible start/finish times for businesses/hospital/schools.
Alternative optionsThese options are some ideas from residents and past proposals. They have not necessarily been researched in detail but show that there are alternatives to sending ever more traffic down the Marton Crawl.