Keep the Mountain Road open

Except during really extreme conditions, even if subject to say a 20mph speed limit (enforced!) during tricky conditions. The road is closed far too readily, creating huge travel problems if that happens at peak travel periods, costing businesses and government significant loss of worker time, which must be at a significant cost.

Why the contribution is important

To save worker time and save businesses and government the cost of that lost time.

by TinTin on April 07, 2017 at 01:05PM

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  • Posted by Hard_Pressed_Taxpayer April 07, 2017 at 13:20

    This is possbly the worst idea on the forum.

    The Mountain Road should be closed whenever there is snow. Using rock salt and snow ploughs is extremely expensive both in terms of man-hours and material cost.

    It is also better for the road surface to be left with snow on top as it insulates the foundations of the road from the destructive 'freeze-thaw' action that results in the onion skin appearance of many roads around the Island.

    People in the north of the Island have an unhealthy obsession with 'having to use' the Mountain. When the reality is that there are two perfectly viable alternative routes via Kirk Michael or Laxey.

    The reduction of speed to 20mph would be no better than the 'huge travel problems' (that's a great exaggeration by the way!) that you claim happen. At worst it adds about 10 minutes on to commutes.

    It is the workers responsibility to arrive at their place of work on time, not for the Government to molly-coddle people and make sure they get there OK. This is why we have traffic and travel news on the radio.
  • Posted by Flybynight April 07, 2017 at 13:43

    Well Hardpressed, maybe it adds only 10 min at non-peak times to go coast road instead of Mountain, but at peak times it often adds more than an hour - witness the number of staff late to work. If the road was open but with a low speed limit as a remindef for safety, that would only add 10 minutes. and often information about road closure is not available the evening before, spmewhat limiting the scope to leave early when it is.
  • Posted by HireGerry_Robinson April 07, 2017 at 13:48

    A better solution would be to deduct pay from people who don't arrive at work on time.

    As has already been said by the OP. Not the Government's job.
  • Posted by Flybynight April 07, 2017 at 13:52

    One of the government's functions is to keep highways usable! the mountain road gets closed at yhe slightest excuse, far more frequently than i did a few years ago.
  • Posted by Hard_Pressed_Taxpayer April 07, 2017 at 14:13

    The highways are clear. Where people live and work. Nobody lives or works on the Mountain so it's not an essential route.
  • Posted by Gigabyte April 07, 2017 at 14:31

    By that argument the east coast road say between Laxey and Maughold, and the west coast road between Ballaugh and Kirk Michael also don't need to be kept open.

    For the many people that live in the north and work in Douglas it is a major issue, and whether or not individuals commenting here choose to recognise it, it is a problem to both the people affected, and their employers when prior notice of closure is not given causing people to be late for work.
  • Posted by madeleine April 28, 2017 at 22:16

    Simple point- if the Mountain remains open in bad weather it will take about 5 minutes before someone blocks the road with an accident. Then the police and emergency services have to be called out and everyone is late to work anyway. Secondly, for similar reasons the Mountian road is closed if there are insufficient traffic police available to respond in case of an accident. This is why the Mountain road is closed more often. As someone who has to spend 80minutes getting to work due to the Foxdale road works since October I can say that at least we know we have to leave early everyday, whereas closure of the Mountain road is often only announced when someone gets in to work between 7-7:30am where upon every poor sod travelling down from the North is automatically late for work. A bit of preemptive planning announcing the Mountain and any other major probable road closures due to adverse conditions should be announced no later than 8pm the night before. Just means someone has to take a decision and make the announcement!
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