Claim that Worcester roundabout plan is 'destroying the landscape'

Evesham Journal: Trees have been removed from around the Ketch roundabout in Worcester Trees have been removed from around the Ketch roundabout in Worcester

THE diggers are about to move in to revamp Worcester’s Ketch roundabout, as a local councillor claimed the landscape “has been destroyed”.

Councillor Roger Knight has secured assurances from Worcester City Council that the authority is prepared to get its hands dirty and help ensure the £8 million project is acceptable to residents.

The county council is due to start work on transforming the island, located off the A38 in St Peter’s, in a year-long project which will see it double in size.

In recent weeks, trees have been felled as part of a plan to turn the route heading down Broomhall Way, towards Norton island, into a dual-carriageway.

And Councillor Matthew Lamb, cabinet member for cleaner and greener in Worcester, says the city council will get involved in the project.

The city handed over a grassed bank of land to County Hall last year to create a slip road in front of Begonia Close, a residential street.

Some kind of acoustic fence and shrub planting will be placed in front of the houses to minimise the noise, but the details are yet to be finalised.

Cllr Knight, who represents St Peter’s, said: “I’m sure Cllr Lamb is aware I’ve been working with officers to mitigate the impact of the changes to the Ketch roundabout and Broomhall Way on the environment and lives of the residents of St Peter’s.

“Will he give an absolute assurance that his department will support and facilitate the best outcome?”

Cllr Lamb said the city council will insist the changes are “as environmentally and aesthetically appropriate” as possible.

Cllr Knight then said he was concerned the tree felling has already “destroyed” the landscape, and called for more help in a fresh planting scheme to build an attractive bank between Begonia Close and the road.

“The county council has proposed some changes to lessen the impact,” said Cllr Lamb.

“It could include an acoustic fence, lengthening of the bank and the planting of trees, but with all of these things the devil is in the detail.

“We need to look at whatever they propose to ensure it serves the community and city in the best light. ”

The redevelopment is part of a wider £38 million plan to part-dual the A4440 Southern Link Road from Whittington island to the Ketch roundabout.

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12:05pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Andy_R says...

This is a really stupid scheme. It can't possibly make any difference to the delays at the roundabout, because the problem is the bridge, not the roundabout. Worse, it's been designed without even thinking about where a second bridge would go, meaning the whole scheme will have to be dug up and started again when the council finally realise it's the bridge that's the problem.
This is a really stupid scheme. It can't possibly make any difference to the delays at the roundabout, because the problem is the bridge, not the roundabout. Worse, it's been designed without even thinking about where a second bridge would go, meaning the whole scheme will have to be dug up and started again when the council finally realise it's the bridge that's the problem. Andy_R
  • Score: 35

1:08pm Mon 31 Mar 14

wr5resident2 says...

Also there will still be a bottleneck at the Norton end of St.Peters Drive where the dual carriageway is forced to narrow due to the nearby houses. I would very much like to know details of the tree planting scheme that the developers have to make up for the ones they have cut down.
Also there will still be a bottleneck at the Norton end of St.Peters Drive where the dual carriageway is forced to narrow due to the nearby houses. I would very much like to know details of the tree planting scheme that the developers have to make up for the ones they have cut down. wr5resident2
  • Score: 9

1:41pm Mon 31 Mar 14

saucerer says...

Andy_R wrote:
This is a really stupid scheme. It can't possibly make any difference to the delays at the roundabout, because the problem is the bridge, not the roundabout. Worse, it's been designed without even thinking about where a second bridge would go, meaning the whole scheme will have to be dug up and started again when the council finally realise it's the bridge that's the problem.
We all know what problems will be caused by this scheme and we all know and what actually needs to be done to the road network to solve Worcester's woeful traffic problems, but for whatever reason the highways department can't. They are so arrogant, stupid and clueless. This department needs a massive shake-up or hived off to the private sector where we'd see a massive change in fortunes, and for the better.
[quote][p][bold]Andy_R[/bold] wrote: This is a really stupid scheme. It can't possibly make any difference to the delays at the roundabout, because the problem is the bridge, not the roundabout. Worse, it's been designed without even thinking about where a second bridge would go, meaning the whole scheme will have to be dug up and started again when the council finally realise it's the bridge that's the problem.[/p][/quote]We all know what problems will be caused by this scheme and we all know and what actually needs to be done to the road network to solve Worcester's woeful traffic problems, but for whatever reason the highways department can't. They are so arrogant, stupid and clueless. This department needs a massive shake-up or hived off to the private sector where we'd see a massive change in fortunes, and for the better. saucerer
  • Score: 13

2:14pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Twisty says...

saucerer wrote:
Andy_R wrote:
This is a really stupid scheme. It can't possibly make any difference to the delays at the roundabout, because the problem is the bridge, not the roundabout. Worse, it's been designed without even thinking about where a second bridge would go, meaning the whole scheme will have to be dug up and started again when the council finally realise it's the bridge that's the problem.
We all know what problems will be caused by this scheme and we all know and what actually needs to be done to the road network to solve Worcester's woeful traffic problems, but for whatever reason the highways department can't. They are so arrogant, stupid and clueless. This department needs a massive shake-up or hived off to the private sector where we'd see a massive change in fortunes, and for the better.
"They are so arrogant, stupid and clueless. "

Possibly. But I think it's more likely that they haven't got any money.
Remember this project is being paid for by a developer.
[quote][p][bold]saucerer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Andy_R[/bold] wrote: This is a really stupid scheme. It can't possibly make any difference to the delays at the roundabout, because the problem is the bridge, not the roundabout. Worse, it's been designed without even thinking about where a second bridge would go, meaning the whole scheme will have to be dug up and started again when the council finally realise it's the bridge that's the problem.[/p][/quote]We all know what problems will be caused by this scheme and we all know and what actually needs to be done to the road network to solve Worcester's woeful traffic problems, but for whatever reason the highways department can't. They are so arrogant, stupid and clueless. This department needs a massive shake-up or hived off to the private sector where we'd see a massive change in fortunes, and for the better.[/p][/quote]"They are so arrogant, stupid and clueless. " Possibly. But I think it's more likely that they haven't got any money. Remember this project is being paid for by a developer. Twisty
  • Score: 11

3:29pm Mon 31 Mar 14

uptonX says...

No, arrogant, stupid and clueless is right.
They said during the "consultation" that this scheme was NOT being funded by the developers and that it is our taxpayers money being wasted.
No, arrogant, stupid and clueless is right. They said during the "consultation" that this scheme was NOT being funded by the developers and that it is our taxpayers money being wasted. uptonX
  • Score: 3

4:24pm Mon 31 Mar 14

broadwas says...

It is going to make driving in Worcester a nightmare as if it isn't bad enough already. Dualling the carriageway will only lead to greater bottlenecks. More than half the traffic now forced to use the southern ring road wants to go north and should be on the northern ring road. It really is the elephant in the room and could be built if all the housing developers had to pay a special levy in return for the bonanza they currently enjoy.
It is going to make driving in Worcester a nightmare as if it isn't bad enough already. Dualling the carriageway will only lead to greater bottlenecks. More than half the traffic now forced to use the southern ring road wants to go north and should be on the northern ring road. It really is the elephant in the room and could be built if all the housing developers had to pay a special levy in return for the bonanza they currently enjoy. broadwas
  • Score: 11

9:18pm Mon 31 Mar 14

man16 says...

Since this project is going ahead will the County Council be communicating in a meaningful way what measures are being taken during the various stages of the project to mitigate the impact on the prevailing traffic flows on this side of Worcester? Or will it be the usual pattern of the Council responding to criticism through and by the local press?
Since this project is going ahead will the County Council be communicating in a meaningful way what measures are being taken during the various stages of the project to mitigate the impact on the prevailing traffic flows on this side of Worcester? Or will it be the usual pattern of the Council responding to criticism through and by the local press? man16
  • Score: 3

2:02pm Tue 1 Apr 14

uptonX says...

man16 wrote:
Since this project is going ahead will the County Council be communicating in a meaningful way what measures are being taken during the various stages of the project to mitigate the impact on the prevailing traffic flows on this side of Worcester? Or will it be the usual pattern of the Council responding to criticism through and by the local press?
Oh don't get me started on that. You're right it would be very easy for them to set up an automated traffic monitoring system, even just cameras each end, but a system that alerts via email or text when there are delays would be better so those from Malvern who have a choice can decide if it is worth using that route or better to travel via Tewkesbury or Droitwich. If they had even half a braincell they would insist the contractors do that which is something I know other councils do.
I asked this specific question at the consultation evening and all I got was a blank expression and then the incredible comment "we try and keep local radio informed".
[quote][p][bold]man16[/bold] wrote: Since this project is going ahead will the County Council be communicating in a meaningful way what measures are being taken during the various stages of the project to mitigate the impact on the prevailing traffic flows on this side of Worcester? Or will it be the usual pattern of the Council responding to criticism through and by the local press?[/p][/quote]Oh don't get me started on that. You're right it would be very easy for them to set up an automated traffic monitoring system, even just cameras each end, but a system that alerts via email or text when there are delays would be better so those from Malvern who have a choice can decide if it is worth using that route or better to travel via Tewkesbury or Droitwich. If they had even half a braincell they would insist the contractors do that which is something I know other councils do. I asked this specific question at the consultation evening and all I got was a blank expression and then the incredible comment "we try and keep local radio informed". uptonX
  • Score: 6

3:08pm Tue 1 Apr 14

chrism says...

I have a lot of sympathy for the other comments on this and agree with the general sentiment - that the worst thing about this scheme is that it will make no fundamental difference to the congestion (I still believe it's actually likely to make it worse by increasing the flow from uncongested directions).

However to get back to the actual article, the shocking part is that "the details are yet to be finalised." Surely these measures should be part of the planning proposal and fundamental to planning permission being granted. It has got planning permission hasn't it?

Not being a local resident I'm not directly impacted by this issue, though they have my every sympathy, and this is something which needs to be done properly. I have however taken my children to the Power Park which is right next to the ring road, which did used to be screened a bit from it by some trees. It appears most of those have been chopped down - are they going to be replaced with something better, or is a children's play area deemed a worthy sacrifice to a half-arsed road scheme?
I have a lot of sympathy for the other comments on this and agree with the general sentiment - that the worst thing about this scheme is that it will make no fundamental difference to the congestion (I still believe it's actually likely to make it worse by increasing the flow from uncongested directions). However to get back to the actual article, the shocking part is that "the details are yet to be finalised." Surely these measures should be part of the planning proposal and fundamental to planning permission being granted. It has got planning permission hasn't it? Not being a local resident I'm not directly impacted by this issue, though they have my every sympathy, and this is something which needs to be done properly. I have however taken my children to the Power Park which is right next to the ring road, which did used to be screened a bit from it by some trees. It appears most of those have been chopped down - are they going to be replaced with something better, or is a children's play area deemed a worthy sacrifice to a half-arsed road scheme? chrism
  • Score: 4

8:40pm Wed 2 Apr 14

markskoda says...

I hope that the scheme is not designed by the same planning professionals who are responsible for the dangerous roundabout design further north on the ring road at Whittington. I nearly came to grief there last night when I was turning left to drive towards Malvern. Another car decided to head in the same direction by driving in the lane for the city centre and turning into me as I left the give way area after checking that the road was clear. The lane layout is totally illogical. Dangerous in fact.
I hope that the scheme is not designed by the same planning professionals who are responsible for the dangerous roundabout design further north on the ring road at Whittington. I nearly came to grief there last night when I was turning left to drive towards Malvern. Another car decided to head in the same direction by driving in the lane for the city centre and turning into me as I left the give way area after checking that the road was clear. The lane layout is totally illogical. Dangerous in fact. markskoda
  • Score: 1

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