It's something that we all love to moan about. Go into any social gathering and you are almost guaranteed that within ten minutes someone will be sounding off about how roadworks are created especially to torture them particularly.
That will unleash the rest of the other horror stories about traffic delays and seemingly aimless detours.
The fascination with all things traffic is not new of course. No doubt ever since the invention of the motor car there have been conversations and outpourings about the iniquities suffered by travellers on the roads.
It is probably fair to say though that with more cars than ever on a road network that was created to serve the society of over 30 years ago there is bound to be added pressure on all aspects of transport - and not just drivers. Road junctions that were ideal for traffic volumes years ago cannot cope both with the additional vehicles and changing patterns of use. Road surfaces likewise were never chosen with the punishment they now take in mind.
There are no easy solutions other than patience and that would appear to be a preciously short commodity judging by the speed and aggression of car horn sounders.
In the absence of a magic wand to have all work done at nights, perhaps it would not be too much to ask that at least the work, where impacted by local school runs, was at least done out of term time.