Confusing diversion signs in Worcester send drivers dizzy

CHAOS: Signs in Worcester are confusing drivers

CHAOS: Signs in Worcester are confusing drivers

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CONFUSING diversion signs have been giving drivers mixed messages as they try to navigate the maze of city centre roadworks in Worcester.

A yellow diversion sign in Castle Street pointed into Love’s Grove, taking drivers in the direction of Moor Street and Britannia Square.

But a further, contradictory diversion sign at the junction of Britannia Road points in the opposite direction, back to Castle Street, leaving some drivers dizzy.

Meanwhile, permanent ‘no entry’ signs at the end of Britannia Square, near the junction of Hebb Street, prohibit people cutting through to the A38, while temporary ‘no entry’ signs at Britannia Road also prevent access to the main A38 (The Tything), creating a dead end for drivers.

However, you can drive in the opposite direction from the A38 into Britannia Road.

One motorist, who declined to be named, said the diversion signs in Castle Street seemed to point drivers towards the ‘no entry’ signs in Britannia Square near the junction of Hebb Street, where police have fined more than 100 drivers for illegally using the cut-through, imposing £90 fines and three penalty points for every motorist who breaks the rules.

PC Alex Denny, who has been enforcing the no entry in Britannia Square, said it was clear there was no access to the main A38 from the Britannia Square/Love’s Grove direction.

He said drivers should use Castle Street and The Tything, where there are now four-way temporary lights while a collapsed sewer is repaired. “I don’t believe they’re paying enough attention,” he said. “The no entry signs are clear.”

However, he acknowledged that highways signs warning drivers there was no access to the A38 had been removed and told your Worcester News he would ask for them to be reinstalled at the bottom of Severn Terrace and Love’s Grove.

Signs are also scheduled to arrive today warning drivers of the penalties of ignoring no entry signs.

Further adding to the confusion, a sign in Croft Road warns motorists that Severn Terrace is closed, although it is now open.

The driver said: “There’s nothing to say to drivers ‘don’t go into Britannia Square’. You can go along Severn Terrace, past the Swan Theatre and get into Britannia Square that way.

“I don’t feel sorry for the people who rat-run through Hebb Street (through the no entry sign) but I do feel sorry for the people who think they can get through because there is nothing saying ‘no exit’ from Britannia Square.”

Adding to the problem was the four-way control temporary traffic lights on the A38, The Tything, at the junction of Britannia Road yesterday as works continued to repair a collapsed sewer.

In a statement released last night a Worcestershire County Council spokesman said: "The management of the signs is down to Severn Trent Water as the main contractor. However, Worcestershire County Council can confirm that it has asked Severn Trent Water to arrange for their traffic management company to check all the signing and put up 'No through road to The Tything ' signs at the junction of Castle Street and Loves Grove."

 

 

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1:26pm Fri 11 Apr 14

WilkoJ says...

"Worcestershire County Council was unavailable to comment last night". Probably because they can't defend the indefensible and come up with another attempt at a plausible excuse for their failings in not checking the signs. We pay the highways staff a huge amount money for total incompetence and this is yet another example of their failings. They should be out and about checking diversion route signs, but then this issue was probably a result of their input anyway. Is is any wonder drivers get frustrated when driving in Worcester, often to the point of taking risks like driving past no entry signs for example.

If the highways dept did even a half decent job, Worcester would be a much easier place to drive through. It's a blessing that Peter Blake, the head of the highways department is leaving. Let's hope the rest of the inept crew follow suit too.
"Worcestershire County Council was unavailable to comment last night". Probably because they can't defend the indefensible and come up with another attempt at a plausible excuse for their failings in not checking the signs. We pay the highways staff a huge amount money for total incompetence and this is yet another example of their failings. They should be out and about checking diversion route signs, but then this issue was probably a result of their input anyway. Is is any wonder drivers get frustrated when driving in Worcester, often to the point of taking risks like driving past no entry signs for example. If the highways dept did even a half decent job, Worcester would be a much easier place to drive through. It's a blessing that Peter Blake, the head of the highways department is leaving. Let's hope the rest of the inept crew follow suit too. WilkoJ
  • Score: 18

2:17pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Andy_R says...

Can't the highways department do anything right?
Can't the highways department do anything right? Andy_R
  • Score: 12

2:30pm Fri 11 Apr 14

i-cycle says...

Perhaps the Leader, Cllr Hardman should sack Cllr John Smith and put someone else in charge to get things sorted out?
Perhaps the Leader, Cllr Hardman should sack Cllr John Smith and put someone else in charge to get things sorted out? i-cycle
  • Score: 2

3:00pm Fri 11 Apr 14

skychip says...

Expect the Transport Minister will have sorted it out today on her visit to the City!
Expect the Transport Minister will have sorted it out today on her visit to the City! skychip
  • Score: 4

4:22pm Fri 11 Apr 14

the-cynic says...

This confusion could be easily solved by a couple of signs in Castle Street saying that there is no access to the A38/The Tything via Loves Grove or Brittania Square.

Unfortunately that simple solution would not allow the Police to generate almost £10K by nicking motorists!

They have obviously caught all of the crack-head burglars and other miscreants in the Worcester area if they can spare someone to stand around for hours waiting for easy prey in Hebb Street.
This confusion could be easily solved by a couple of signs in Castle Street saying that there is no access to the A38/The Tything via Loves Grove or Brittania Square. Unfortunately that simple solution would not allow the Police to generate almost £10K by nicking motorists! They have obviously caught all of the crack-head burglars and other miscreants in the Worcester area if they can spare someone to stand around for hours waiting for easy prey in Hebb Street. the-cynic
  • Score: 12

4:31pm Fri 11 Apr 14

i-cycle says...

the-cynic wrote:
This confusion could be easily solved by a couple of signs in Castle Street saying that there is no access to the A38/The Tything via Loves Grove or Brittania Square.

Unfortunately that simple solution would not allow the Police to generate almost £10K by nicking motorists!

They have obviously caught all of the crack-head burglars and other miscreants in the Worcester area if they can spare someone to stand around for hours waiting for easy prey in Hebb Street.
They'd raise lots more by moving their attention to the Lowesmoor bus lane 3.30 -6pm. Probably enough to buy a new Panda every day.

Seriously though, drivers illegally using the Britannia Square One Way are putting other road users at serious risk and deserve to be fined. I'd be surprised if anyone could morally justify it.
[quote][p][bold]the-cynic[/bold] wrote: This confusion could be easily solved by a couple of signs in Castle Street saying that there is no access to the A38/The Tything via Loves Grove or Brittania Square. Unfortunately that simple solution would not allow the Police to generate almost £10K by nicking motorists! They have obviously caught all of the crack-head burglars and other miscreants in the Worcester area if they can spare someone to stand around for hours waiting for easy prey in Hebb Street.[/p][/quote]They'd raise lots more by moving their attention to the Lowesmoor bus lane 3.30 -6pm. Probably enough to buy a new Panda every day. Seriously though, drivers illegally using the Britannia Square One Way are putting other road users at serious risk and deserve to be fined. I'd be surprised if anyone could morally justify it. i-cycle
  • Score: -4

4:59pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Andy_R says...

the-cynic wrote:
This confusion could be easily solved by a couple of signs in Castle Street saying that there is no access to the A38/The Tything via Loves Grove or Brittania Square.

Unfortunately that simple solution would not allow the Police to generate almost £10K by nicking motorists!

They have obviously caught all of the crack-head burglars and other miscreants in the Worcester area if they can spare someone to stand around for hours waiting for easy prey in Hebb Street.
Exactly - there's something wrong with a system that gives a financial incentive to not put in proper, sensible diversions.
[quote][p][bold]the-cynic[/bold] wrote: This confusion could be easily solved by a couple of signs in Castle Street saying that there is no access to the A38/The Tything via Loves Grove or Brittania Square. Unfortunately that simple solution would not allow the Police to generate almost £10K by nicking motorists! They have obviously caught all of the crack-head burglars and other miscreants in the Worcester area if they can spare someone to stand around for hours waiting for easy prey in Hebb Street.[/p][/quote]Exactly - there's something wrong with a system that gives a financial incentive to not put in proper, sensible diversions. Andy_R
  • Score: 3

5:56pm Fri 11 Apr 14

denon says...

If its a collapsed sewer its Severn Trent not Worcestershire County council.

If the county Council are involved then they are spending my Council tax illegally. The costs should and probably are being met by Severn Trent.

So Mr Smith isin the right on this one.
If its a collapsed sewer its Severn Trent not Worcestershire County council. If the county Council are involved then they are spending my Council tax illegally. The costs should and probably are being met by Severn Trent. So Mr Smith isin the right on this one. denon
  • Score: 0

6:22pm Fri 11 Apr 14

CJH says...

There were a couple of diversion signs in Bath Road yesterday. Absolutely no clue at all as to where the diversion was. Do you follow it, ignore it, or what? There were no road works anywhere near them. I guess we have to be mind readers on top of everything else now.
There were a couple of diversion signs in Bath Road yesterday. Absolutely no clue at all as to where the diversion was. Do you follow it, ignore it, or what? There were no road works anywhere near them. I guess we have to be mind readers on top of everything else now. CJH
  • Score: 3

8:20am Sun 13 Apr 14

green49 says...

Worcester is a dump of a place to get around even when theres no road works, but why do all the Councils allow the utility companies to dig up the main roads in and out the city all at the same time? ITs great organisation by the Highways AGAIN ...........DUH
Worcester is a dump of a place to get around even when theres no road works, but why do all the Councils allow the utility companies to dig up the main roads in and out the city all at the same time? ITs great organisation by the Highways AGAIN ...........DUH green49
  • Score: 0

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