As I passed Crown Point North while heading in the Stockport direction I was baffled as to why there was so much traffic heading in the direction from where I had just come. I was baffled as there was no roadworks or incidents which could have led to such a long queue of traffic, however I was eventually to discover the cause.
As I headed through Denton towards Stockport there was no end in sight to the queue on the opposite side of the road as it crawled down Stockport Road past the Fletcher's Arms (fantastic carvery), past the woods lay-by and all the way around the s-bends and beyond.
I was aware of the road closure at Bredbury caused by the fire but I knew that it should not have a drastic impact on my journey as I was planning to take the back route to Stockport through Brinnington, so I was a little surprised when the traffic on my side of the road started queuing just before the Reynolds factory. Even by the standards of queues on that horrendous stretch of road that is an early point for the queue to begin.
So there was I sat in stationary traffic heading in one direction facing drivers also sat in traffic heading in the opposite direction, I thought to myself; you poor individuals if only you knew you have two miles of solid bumper to bumper traffic ahead of you.
After an unbelievably slow crawl I got to within sight of the traffic lights and I could see the road close to the fire was still closed heading towards the motorway and I assumed that this is what was causing the chaos, chaos which would soon to be not my problem as I had a plan - the back route through Brinnington.
I was now only ten cars distance away from the road closure and I noticed a police car blocking the road and a large jovial traffic warden speaking to motorists as they approached the road closure. I pitied the drivers who were being forced to turn round and join the enormous grinding jam of cars forced to head back in the Denton direction from where they had just come. I assumed that they hadn't realised that the fire had closed the stretch of road leading from the BP garage to the motorway roundabout and unlike me, they were unaware of the alternate back route through Brinnington.
As I reached the front of the queue the large jovial traffic warden informed that the road ahead was closed. I said "yep, no problem, I am aware, but I am heading through Brinnington so it doesn't effect me". He smiled and then delivered bad news, bad news I seriously did not want to hear. He said the road ahead leading to the motorway is closed by the fire as you can see, but, and here's the bombshell; the road through Brinnington is also completely blocked due to an accident involving a HGV. I couldn't believe it, truly unbelievable I said as I asked him why there was no prior warning of this. Why was the road not closed near to Haughton Green as this would have avoided the queues and total chaos. He shrugged his shoulders and said I don't know and with that I performed a u-turn and joined the two miles of near stationary traffic heading back in the Denton direction.
As I sat in that long grinding queue I though to myself - only in Britain, a country which now only seems to excel in disfunctionality and when it comes to being dysfunctional we are true world leaders!