Drive through Dunbar on the 3rd August 2018

Dunbar has a reputation as a Drive-thru town. Cheap take-aways and officially a “tea and pee stop” (so says Visit East Lothian, though sometimes I wonder whether its main objective is to encourage driving, that and the creation of more car parks). Obviously, those in the know, know there is much more to the town of Dunbar and that it would take days and weeks to discover the richness and diversity of its history and natural heritage fully (philosophically we are talking about unknown knowns, to paraphrase Donald Rumsfeld).

Anyway, to cut a long story short, on the night of the 3rd August 2018 we can all enjoy a new  spectacle, a show of extreme public laziness and laissez faire consultation, when all the A1 southbound traffic will be routed through the the historic town and Conservation Area. Last time there was a major diversion fragile ceilings were reported to have come down in listed buildings and visitors took their business elsewhere.

A couple of days ago, I noticed a piece of scrumpled-up letter on the floor of the vestibule, which instead of going straight into the recycling actually got read. Yes, the Southbound carriageway of the A1 is going to be closed to traffic from 8pm til 6am, the following day, seemingly to fill in a few microscopic holes (I took a look and the holes were very small).

The show will be brought to you by a PFI duo of Tarmac and Amey.

For fun and games phone the control room on 0800 0420188 and ask why a few cones or a temporary traffic control system could not have served the purpose just as well, importantly without disturbing residents.

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