Update from Councillor Chris Gloster regarding traffic chaos in Shaw Town Centre
Shaw and Crompton Borough Councillors, Oldham Council Highways Officers, Greater Manchester Police Traffic Management and representatives from local businesses in Shaw have met with senior national, regional and local managers at Yodel to express their concerns over Tuesday night’s events which saw complete gridlock for seven hours on Tuesday night (21.11.17) due to volume of HGVs entering Shaw.
This was put down to wider road network issues caused by closure of M56, restrictions on M6, the Manchester United International game, LittleMix Concert and poor weather, as well as Tuesday being a busy day after weekend online shopping.
Yodel have agreed to and already put in place exceptional traffic management measures, including diverting trailers to other sites and ensuring empty trailers are moved off site to maximise space.
They have come up with a short term plan and will work with the Council Highways and GMP to look at longer term measures to prevent any recurrence that they described as a ‘perfect storm’ due to a simultaneous combination of factors that all occurred at once.
Hopefully these actions will prevent a recurrence but needless to say Shaw and Crompton Councillors will work hard with Yodel to ensure there is no repeat.