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Stuck by ‘Stack’ !

Posted by Big John on July 30, 2015

Yesterday I had to drive my wife to the William Harvey Hospital at Ashford for a pre-operation assessment appointment. The journey usually takes about fifty minutes and is mainly via ‘country’ roads which are fairly narrow in places. On a normal day this is not a problem; but yesterday was not a normal day …

It was an OPERATION STACK day ! … and the entrance to the hospital is just a few hundred yards from Junction 10 on the M20 motorway which was closed for several miles.

We were lucky and managed to make it to the hospital on time, but it was obvious from the near empty waiting areas that many people had not. We were not so lucky on the return journey, as during the time that we were at the hospital, the police shut down more of the motorway, which meant that those ‘country roads’ were choked with traffic, which included some bloody great trucks which were trying to negotiate some very tight corners and squeeze through some tiny village streets. I felt sorry for the bloke who was rebuilding part of the stone wall in front of his cottage and doubted that it would survive the day.The police were nowhere to be seen in all this chaos, not even one traffic cop to keep the traffic moving outside the hospital entrance. I dread to think what it must have been like in the back of an ambulance.

So, is anyone doing anything to solve this problem ? … Our Dave is on a ‘Jolly’ to the Far East, most of our MPs and ministers are sunning themselves on foreign beaches, or pissing it up on their rich mates’ yachts, and the few ‘muppet’ ministers who are still around have  gone into “crisis management mode“, which means that no one …

… has got a bloody clue what to do !


4 Responses to “Stuck by ‘Stack’ !”

  1. rummuser said

    We have a few of those days on our city roads every year. They are inevitably connected to religious processions, celebrations etc and one has to be very sensitive about criticising the inconvenience caused to the general public on those days. The savvier ones schedule their activities to avoid the crowded routes. The newspapers go ballistic a few days before the events warning people of the impending chaos and to plan.

  2. lin heinz said

    I was sorry to hear your wife is so ill.
    Our thoughts are with her, and with you at this time.
    About the stack-
    the city where we are has decided to build a “Mainzelbahn”- with cartoon characters on it- to take people to the new second German television cartoon figures park the voters have voted down six times. They apparently think if they build a rail system, then they can build the park. And since it has to be extended three times the length to get state aid to roads, the one mile drive to work each morning is now fifteen round trip, through midievally narrow town walls and back out, takes over forty minutes each way, and will continue to do so till about xmas. All hail burocracy.

  3. Grannymar said

    It must be the season for pre-operation assessment appointments, I attended for one on Wednesday and have a surgery date for later in the month

    We in Northern Ireland are in red conwe and diversion mode and have been for over a year. One section that will not open until September is a park and ride enclosed space. It meant altering the motorway on and off slips and well as a new roundabout.

  4. Ginnie said

    Ah, yes…”crisis management mode” always cover it for the inept in power! On another note I hope that the surgery for your wife is not too serious … although any surgery is not pleasant.

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