For my general amusement, and hopefully help to the masses, I drove 45 or so miles this morning (at Bridge Club expense, see if Committee agree ??), to determine timings etc for the impending closure of Baswich Lane.
These are my findings, which you may care to put on the web site possibly :😈 You might like to pass this to Eleanor Lochee-Bain, for her comments.45
Closure in Baswich Lane : 23rd. July till September 2nd. Then September 10th. till December 14th.
This will mean effectively, that the route from Weeping Cross/Baswich will be fully closed along Baswich lane just under 5 months.
I tested timings on the 4 main routes.
Distance time taken Route Comment
1) 3.3 miles 8 minutes from the middle of Weeping Cross Obviously impractical during closure
down Baswich Lane.
2) 5.3 / 5.4miles 17 minutes Weeping Cross down A34, Riverside Furthest, but easily followed; slowest by far
then direct on Weston Road,
past the Hospital.
3) 5.6/5.7 miles 11 or so mins. via Holdicroft Road (on the left opposite The longest, but the quickest; may not suit everyone !
Milford Common), then Tixall Road, and
right at the Crem
4) 4.4 miles 12 minutes via Fairway. down the A34 towards
Stafford, Turn Right St.Leonards Avenue; My preferred way to get to the Showground from Weeping Cross.
Turn right onto Portsmouth Street; turn
right onto Tixall Road, left onto Cull Avenue;
Turn right onto to Weston Road.
Obviously, for say Eleanor, and anyone else that lives around us, option 4 is preferable. The nearer you get to Milford Common, then certainly
option 3 would be preferable - obviously with care.
I took 17 minutes on early Saturday morning, so I would discount Option 2 for all those, who normally use Baswich Lane.
I trust you might find this suitable for publication. Obviously I cannot guarantee timings, only mileages.