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Careless drivers blamed for problems at Whittington roundabout, Worcester
CARELESS drivers are being blamed for more changes to the recently revamped Whittington roundabout on the outskirts of Worcester.
Just weeks after saying the controversial new layout of the roundabout met national traffic standards, Worcestershire County Council has begun making alterations and blamed drivers not following signs correctly.
The work, which should be complete by Monday, will see the lane which carries traffic coming from the M5 junction onto the A4440 towards Malvern altered so it joins with the road at a right angle.
There will also be earlierroad markings and give way signage at the controversial slip-lane, a sign warning of changes to the road, and an additional larger give way sign with bright yellow backing.
Your Worcester News reported earlier this month how driver Lisa Ventura, of St John’s, Worcester, raised concerns after she was hit from behind while waiting to pull out at the slip lane.
She said the junction left drivers gambling with their lives.
The following day she and her husband went to the roundabout and witnessed two more near misses in the same spot as her accident.
“I am pleased they are looking at it,” she said. “I don’t think it’s a question of drivers, it’s the signage. Even if you follow the signage correctly it’s not clear. You have to be a contortionist to turn around to check oncoming traffic.
“It’s a shame they can’t widen the road.”
Last week Coun Richard Udall also voiced concerns, saying people were avoiding the roundabout as they were scared to use it.
Speaking about the changes Coun Simon Geraghty, county council deputy leader, said they had listened to comments and monitored changes as with all new road layouts, adding they were currently unable to widen the road because of a large water main but they may consider it in the future.
“This monitoring has shown some drivers aren't following the give way signage and markings when using the left-turn filter lane on to the A4440 Crookbarrow Way from the direction of the M5,” he said.
The original work cost the council £1.3 million but they say these changes will not add to the bill.
Jon Fraser, council head of integrated transport, said: “The traffic monitoring has also shown the scheme is achieving its objective of improving traffic flow through the area, thus cutting congestion. We will continue to monitor the situation to assess what effect these changes have on driver behaviour and to ensure the junction works effectively and safely in the future.”