By Thomas Hewitt
Another economical renovation has been concluded in the area, as the Clifton section of the A453 highway has been opened in all of its lanes in another encouraging development.
The new layout of the urban section within Clifton has been formed into three new roundabouts, along with two sets of traffic lights, which are designed to help regulate traffic congestion within the area.
The opening of the expansion will also be followed in the coming weeks by the opening of the road linking Mill Hill to junction 24 of the M1.
The extension, which began back in January 2013, has seen the single lanes of the A453 expanded into two parallel road lanes in each direction, in a move that is being widely anticipated to decrease traffic congestion during intense rush hours, as well as remove accident black spots and improve journey time consistency for drivers travelling on the road.
Clifton and its community have lately been on the receiving end of a number of elevating restructurings over the past couple of months, with the construction and opening of two popular American fast-food restaurants, McDonald’s and Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC).
Some residents within the Clifton estate have expressed their concerns regarding the expansion, saying that they believe the extension of the A453 will not make much difference to traffic congestion, whilst others believe that journey time will decrease and travelling will become a lot more faster for drivers in the near future.
Marie Blatherwick, a resident within the Clifton estate, believes that the expansion will have a significant effect on the staying time drivers have in waiting to get out of the roads close to the A453.
“I think it will have a positive impact,” she said. “It made a difference to me getting out of the Grove earlier this morning.
“My husband uses it daily as he works at the Power Station and after months of misery, he is hopeful as well.”
However, other residents have argued that the traffic lights installed on the extended A453 will intensify waiting intervals for drivers, as well as increase jamming and obstruction during rush hour times.
Carl Chaston said: “I can’t see it making any difference. You’ve still got to stop for all the traffic lights and crossing, so there will always be a queue.
“Crusader Island is a joke now if you are coming from the Gotham direction.”