Holy cartography! Preparing the old Priapus for a drive up the smoke yesterday, I thought I'd check the Highways Agency traffic info website for delays on the M2.
However I was rather shocked, on closer inspection, to discover that our very own, super-duper A299 doesn't get a guernsey. After all, it can't be that long since they spent squillions on dualling the Thanet Way, in preparation for the hoards of tourists using our lovely port and marina here in the Millionaires' Playground. What's worse is the A249, which goes to the Isle of Sheppey and can therefore, I presume, only be used by people with two heads driving donkey carts full of turnips to their council estates, is there in glorious Technicolor!
I was so incensed at this outrage that I immediately emailed the Highways Agency to complain. This is their response:
Dear Mr Eastcliff.
Thank you for your email to the Highways Agency. The Highways Agency is responsible for the maintenance and stewardship of motorways and trunk roads in England. A trunk road is defined as a strategic link road between two centres of significant economic importance: such as cities, ports and airports.
It has been decided that the A299 does not meet the criteria above and for this reason the A299 does not fall into our area of responsibility.
Iain Ross, HAIL Advisor, ID External Delivery Division.
Kuh! What a diabolical liberty. It's nothing short of highway robbery!
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