A few weeks ago, I got news that the A34 was affected by a major traffic incident and it brought back recollections of a two hour journey home early in September. Having changed my place of work over the summer, I have gained an option that wasn’t available to me before then: going home by train. It might have involved a less direct itinerary and cost more but it was worth that outlay in terms of time, confidence and convenience. There have been too many times when I was left waiting for a (very) late bus out in the cold of a dark November evening so having the rail option is a godsend for any future problems that might arise. After all, we are into winter time now and November can seem to be a mad month when it comes to traffic problems in East Cheshire. Let’s see how it is this year.