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The Lorry had to back up

It's An Old village

It's an old Victorian village, maybe 150 years old, built when women wore long dresses, men wore top hats or flat caps to work and travel was by horse and carriage or by train. The village is actually termed a "railway village" because it was constructed at the same time as the railway and people who purchased a villa (house) received a 10-year rail travel ticket as an inducement. Of course, everyone (!) has a car these days and things are delivered by van or lorry but the streets are still the same width. Though maybe that's not entirely true. The width available for vehicles is narrower because pavements (footpaths) have been constructed for pedestrians.

Too Narrow

While the streets are wide enough for a lorry when empty, they are seldom empty. Parked cars, vans parked half on the pavement ad delivery trucks fill the streets at times. This morning a large truck wanted to make a delivery but could not get past because of a van delivering furniture. The lorry driver asked the van driver to move but he would not. So the lorry had to reverse down the narrow street past parked cars, then come up another way to get into the street from the other direction and then reverse out of that again!

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VinceSummers wrote on November 27, 2015, 7:36 AM

Sounds like some of the American driveways that have no turn around.

WordChazer wrote on November 27, 2015, 9:11 AM

England was built before the car. The US streets are enormous by comparison!

wolfgirl569 wrote on November 27, 2015, 9:47 AM

Glad he was good at backing. We have narrow roads where I am at. They were not built for heavy traffic but as more people have moved out into the country it has got busier

markgraham wrote on November 27, 2015, 12:36 PM

This sounds like my old neighborhood up North the streets are wider but there were alleys that were between houses and highways that were very narrow.

CoralLevang wrote on November 27, 2015, 2:39 PM

There are places in the New England states that are the same way.

DWDavisRSL wrote on November 27, 2015, 7:29 PM

Parking in some of the older parts of our towns here on the east coast of the US can be a challenge, but I cannot imagine it comes close to some of the narrow streets you folks have in your villages.

Rufuszen wrote on November 28, 2015, 5:42 PM

The problem of many a village and town, not to mention city. Too many cars, not enough space

ViperGirl85 wrote on November 29, 2015, 11:13 PM

Why wouldn't the driver back up so he could get past? :-/

MegL wrote on December 1, 2015, 5:22 PM

He was delivering furniture and belongings to a house. I don't know, maybe he thought it would waste his time! emoticon :sad: