Road system at new Abbey Bridge just doesn't work

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WHOEVER is responsible for the traffic management system at the junction south of the new bridge – A4184/B4035 – should be made to use it in order to experience its dangers.

Anyone approaching town along the Cheltenham Road and wishing to turn right onto Waterside has to nudge forward and wait in the middle of the junction for a break in the seemingly never-ending stream of traffic coming out of town (see photograph).

On several occasions, I have seen cars cut across the oncoming traffic so as not to end up stranded in the middle of the junction when the lights change.

Only when the lights turn red is there any opportunity to make the right turn. Usually, at this point several queuing cars make a dash for it before the traffic from left and right begins to move.

As to the lights themselves: once on the junction, none are visible to the motorist. This makes it impossible to judge when it is safe to proceed.

I can only assume that a simple feeder light system was rejected on the grounds that it would slow the flow of traffic crossing the bridge.

However, having witnessed several near-collisions I believe that changes must be made before the current traffic management system results in a serious accident.

Many of the motorists turning onto Waterside do so in order to visit the hospital or Riverside Surgery. It would be a sad irony if one of them were to be involved in an accident, especially as the hospital no longer has an A&E department.

Paul Taylor

Ashton-under-Hill

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3:56am Thu 31 Jul 14

Rita Jelfs says...

It needs a green arrow for discrete right turn traffic
It needs a green arrow for discrete right turn traffic Rita Jelfs
  • Score: 9

10:29am Thu 31 Jul 14

hill4332 says...

i agree -we need an arrow to allow us to turn right
i agree -we need an arrow to allow us to turn right hill4332
  • Score: 8

5:43pm Thu 31 Jul 14

lu6009 says...

What baffles me is that there is one to turn right from town towards Hampton, would it not have been justified to have one from cheltenham rd to waterside operational at the same time as the one for Hampton.
What baffles me is that there is one to turn right from town towards Hampton, would it not have been justified to have one from cheltenham rd to waterside operational at the same time as the one for Hampton. lu6009
  • Score: 8

6:30pm Thu 31 Jul 14

aj_ctfc says...

Just get rid of the lights altogether and make it a roundabout. I have seen before when the lights have failed the traffic has to treat it as a roundabout and I believe the traffic would flow a lot better
Just get rid of the lights altogether and make it a roundabout. I have seen before when the lights have failed the traffic has to treat it as a roundabout and I believe the traffic would flow a lot better aj_ctfc
  • Score: 2

8:41pm Thu 31 Jul 14

asumabstainer says...

Why the bias towards Abbey Rd lights especially in the morning rush hour when far more traffic travels down Chelt Rd.
Why the bias towards Abbey Rd lights especially in the morning rush hour when far more traffic travels down Chelt Rd. asumabstainer
  • Score: 4

10:15pm Thu 31 Jul 14

GB Jones says...

I am writing in support of Paul Taylor's very articulate letter.
About ten years ago I made a similarly strong case to Councillor John Smith, including photo evidence of two near misses. I made a strong plea for a filter light for traffic turning right into Waterside having seen seen enough broken glass and debris on that very turn that I used on a daily basis. He duly passed this on to the appropiate person, a Mr Jack Hegarty. Whether or not Mr Hegarty visited the location seems doubtful, because you only have to stand there for five minutes to be convinced of the potential for disaster. Nevertheless the his response was that a further filter would increase the waiting time to an unacceptable degree and that was the end of the matter. We in Evesham are well used to waiting, but I'm sure most of us would be prepared to wait a little longer in order to proceed safely.
I am writing in support of Paul Taylor's very articulate letter. About ten years ago I made a similarly strong case to Councillor John Smith, including photo evidence of two near misses. I made a strong plea for a filter light for traffic turning right into Waterside having seen seen enough broken glass and debris on that very turn that I used on a daily basis. He duly passed this on to the appropiate person, a Mr Jack Hegarty. Whether or not Mr Hegarty visited the location seems doubtful, because you only have to stand there for five minutes to be convinced of the potential for disaster. Nevertheless the his response was that a further filter would increase the waiting time to an unacceptable degree and that was the end of the matter. We in Evesham are well used to waiting, but I'm sure most of us would be prepared to wait a little longer in order to proceed safely. GB Jones
  • Score: 5

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