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crewmeal
16th Nov 2013, 06:57
Something I read about a lorry shedding it's load near Stansted Airport and people wheeling their luggage, walking to the airport. Now many would think they are crazy, but on reflection in a world of low cost carriers would they be frightened about having to repay for their flight due to circumstancrs beyond their control. Most carriers I know would put them on the next available flight. I can't see this being part of the 'new customer service' from FR>

BBC News - M11 trapped holidaymakers walk along carriageway with cases (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-24953654)

beeg0d
16th Nov 2013, 07:34
I can't see this being part of the 'new customer service' from FR

But it was, Both ryanair and easy were reported to have rebooked all late arivals on latter flights for free.

DType
16th Nov 2013, 09:11
Surprised tey were walking, most times I have observed this phenomenon they were running ...


With crazy luggage and crazier heels.

fenland787
16th Nov 2013, 09:42
Yeah, I drove past it going t'other way, for me the truly crazy thing was shutting the whole darn road from 06:00 to 13:00 while the load was carefully recovered, stacked (correctly this time?) on a trailer to continue on it's way.

Just bulldoze it to the side or use the JCB to chuck it over the ARMCO out of the way and get the road open. Then get it recovered overnight and charge it out to the guy that caused the issue?

UniFoxOs
16th Nov 2013, 09:47
Adam Pipe, Essex Police casualty reduction manager, said the number of people seen walking along the motorway during the closure earlier in the morning was a concern.

"Obviously motorway locations are very, very dangerous at the best of times and public safety is paramount," he said.

A deep thinker, obviously. The motorway was closed!

Perhaps he was afraid they would crash their suitcases into each other.

Tankertrashnav
16th Nov 2013, 10:01
Yeah, I drove past it going t'other way, for me the truly crazy thing was shutting the whole darn road from 06:00 to 13:00 while the load was carefully recovered, stacked (correctly this time?) on a trailer to continue on it's way.


The highways people, or whoever are responsible for the motorways seem to have absolutely no grip on these situations. My son was caught in that M25 debacle a couple of years back when a lorry collided with a bridge support and it took them something like 10 hours to get a civil engineer to confirm that the bridge wasn't about to collapse.

4mastacker
16th Nov 2013, 10:08
TTN wrote:

The highways people, or whoever are responsible for the motorways seem to have absolutely no grip on these situations…..

Highways Agency Traffic Officers:

Where incidents occur ….. we are there to help with coordinating the resources of the other emergency services, managing the traffic and re-opening routes as soon as it is safe to do so.

Yeh? Right!!

fenland787
16th Nov 2013, 11:28
….. we are there to help with coordinating the resources of the other emergency services, managing the traffic and re-opening routes as soon as it is safe to do so. which will be never according to Mr Pipe:
Adam Pipe, Essex Police casualty reduction manager........"Obviously motorway locations are very, very dangerous at the best of times and public safety is paramount," he said. Clearly no motorway will be safe to open until we have someone with a red flag walking in front of every vehicle using it.........

Cyber Bob
16th Nov 2013, 11:39
People have done a similar thing at LHR when the tunnel was closed (Due to a jumper) leading to T's 1 and 3. Bag dragging through the tunnel

Krystal n chips
16th Nov 2013, 12:49
" Clearly no motorway will be safe to open until we have someone with a red flag walking in front of every vehicle using it"

I hate to contradict your blasé comment, but, irrespective of whether you are on the hard shoulder on an active motorway, or demonstrating the capacity to be a congenital idiot by walking on a closed motorway, the minor detail of emergency and recovery vehicles presumably never occurring to your train of thought, the risk is still all too apparent....or so I would have thought.

As for the Highways Agency, if ever the term "unfit for purpose" was applicable to a Gov't Dept, this collection are prime contenders. Quite how many extended and induced delays they have been responsible for is unquantifiable, but also glaringly evident if you travel on the motorway network to any extent as most of us have and do.

Quentin Wilson has made a few programmes about, and expressed his "less than complimentary" views with regard to their incompetence and they also allowed a documentary to be aired about the organisation....which merely confirmed the level of stupidity was consistent with little or no variation throughout.

airship
16th Nov 2013, 12:49
I do understand why many holiday-makers booked on low-cost carriers might have taken the decision to make their own way along the motorway on foot, so as not to miss their flights.

In my own warped mind, whilst the stalled traffic on the M11 was not actually being strafed by German Stuka bombers etc., it reminded me of the cart being drawn by a couple of mules (or donkeys) blocking an entire military column at a bridge during WWII in the movie PATTON. Apparently those mules may well have come to an earlier than expected end during the making of the film according to Snopes (http://www.snopes.com/movies/films/pattonmules.asp)

[PATTON mode ON/]What I don't understand is why the UK Highways Agency / M-Way Police etc. don't simply have at their disposal several of those gigantic snow-ploughs (as used in the movie AIRPORT for example), pre-positioned and ready to intervene to simply and rapidly "shovel -off" any offending vehicle/s very rapidly, complete with cargo and/or driver and passengers if necessary, from the M-Way so as to reopen the road within 30 minutes or so...[PATTON mode /OFF] :}

G-CPTN
16th Nov 2013, 12:49
When the Stansted Express (train) was cancelled during the recent high winds, I wonder how many missed their flights?

angels
16th Nov 2013, 12:52
Clearly no motorway will be safe to open until we have someone with a red flag walking in front of every vehicle using it.........

In the case of the M25 this would mean a dramatic improvement in traffic flow.....:}

sitigeltfel
16th Nov 2013, 18:06
A deep thinker, obviously. The motorway was closed!

Perhaps he was afraid they would crash their suitcases into each other.

Of course, they would be totally safe..........until they walked up the next exit slip road and started trying to dodge the traffic at the top of the ramp, which would still be flowing at speed.

gingernut
16th Nov 2013, 19:05
Surreal experience on Thursday, watched a lady strolling down the central reservation on the M602.

Dialled 999, the Police already knew about it. With hindsight, the overhead gantry sign saying "Pedestrians in the Road" should have been a clue :-)

Remarkable thing was she was heading West bound ! Who'd wanna' walk to Liverpool ?

racedo
16th Nov 2013, 21:33
Remarkable thing was she was heading West bound ! Who'd wanna' walk to Liverpool ?

Gotta be a tourist, after all if she was a scouser she would just nick a car..........

timgill
16th Nov 2013, 21:55
This is not at all new. Traffic queues = fear of missing flight = fear of massive rebooking costs = get out of the car and walk. Done it myself. Not a great deal of fun...