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Summary

  • M5 northbound exit slip road closed at junction 25 after accident.
  • Traffic building up and problems also reported elsewhere in Taunton
  • Earlier accident on M5 between Taunton and Wellington

11:06am

JOHN Rudge from Wellington writes: "The traffic between Wellington and Taunton on the A38 is absolutely dreadful today.

"It has taken me 1hr 20mins to travel from my home in Wellington to my office in Taunton (9 miles).

"The Crescent in Taunton has been closed to through traffic today but that fact is not adequately signed so traffic is going along towards the A38 and then having to turn round.

"Traffic is using the right hand lane along the A38 in to Taunton only to find it closed at Parkfield Road and then having to change to the left lane.

"Why could the right hand lane not be closed at Galmington Road?

"As a matter of principle, whilst appreciating that repair works have to be carried, it is a recipe for disaster to funnel all eastbound through traffic through the centre of town with all its obstacles such as other joining roads and traffic lights. 

"Could not the repair works be carried out without such massive road closures for such a long period by perhaps partial closures?

"This experience is akin to the traffic jams which occurred before the construction of the M5 and will deter people from coming to Taunton for years to come."
 

9:48am

THE County Gazette has also received reports of heavier than normal traffic on some of the main routes into the town, possibly due to drivers seeking an alternative to the M5. 

9:48am

THAT accident has now been cleared but traffic is building up at junction 25 for Taunton, due to an accident which has led to the closure of the northbound exit slip road. 

9:45am

FIRE crews were sent to deal with a three-car pile-up on the M5 between Wellington and Taunton shortly before 8am. 

The collision happened between junctions 26 and 25 northbound shortly.

A fire service spokesman said: "No casualties were trapped in the cars. Crews dealt with a fuel leak using Environment Agency packs and made the vehicles safe."

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10:32am Tue 29 Apr 14

Slow down! says...

Can anyone please explain why you can no longer go straight on into the town centre at the top of East Reach yet you can still turn left travelling from Sainsbury’s direction?
Can anyone please explain why you can no longer go straight on into the town centre at the top of East Reach yet you can still turn left travelling from Sainsbury’s direction? Slow down!
  • Score: 27

2:17pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Thos1973 says...

Cos the road by the police station is closed in one direction meaning the traffic is diverted through town. If the road from East Reach to town was open the traffice lights would have three phases and the traffic through town would mount up. By closing the East Reach bit then the lights only need two phases and should keep the traffic flowing. Sadly the genius behind this thinking didn't care that everyone would use Tancred Street/Hammet Street to get to town rather than the official diversion hence the traffic on those roads are overloaded at peak times!
Cos the road by the police station is closed in one direction meaning the traffic is diverted through town. If the road from East Reach to town was open the traffice lights would have three phases and the traffic through town would mount up. By closing the East Reach bit then the lights only need two phases and should keep the traffic flowing. Sadly the genius behind this thinking didn't care that everyone would use Tancred Street/Hammet Street to get to town rather than the official diversion hence the traffic on those roads are overloaded at peak times! Thos1973
  • Score: 16

2:28pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Slow down! says...

But the lights are on the same sequence as usual, it’s just that the lights are covered over so you can't see the normal 10 seconds of green light.

Its chaos on the Streets of Taunton when will this madness end, no wonder the town is going backwards!
But the lights are on the same sequence as usual, it’s just that the lights are covered over so you can't see the normal 10 seconds of green light. Its chaos on the Streets of Taunton when will this madness end, no wonder the town is going backwards! Slow down!
  • Score: 15

4:35pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Mi_Coc says...

SCC long term plan I think is to close the town centre to cars and get everyone using park and rides so they like causing these delays to justify their agenda.

I took my kids to school this morning and was amazed at the tailbacks back up towards sheppys on the a38.
SCC long term plan I think is to close the town centre to cars and get everyone using park and rides so they like causing these delays to justify their agenda. I took my kids to school this morning and was amazed at the tailbacks back up towards sheppys on the a38. Mi_Coc
  • Score: 3

12:20am Wed 30 Apr 14

Blue Owl says...

Perhaps you in the County Town of Taunton, where resideded are the SCC Highways Agency HQ, will now understand the Daily Frustration felt by us in Bridgwater, who have had to endure the Total Lack of Joined Up Traffic Management from the Highways Administration.
Despite, our Towns Expansion over the last 10-12 years, with Vast sums collected by 106 Agreements forced onto every Development, from Small individual Properties to the Large Developments of J24 Agricultural Centre, Morrisons Distribution Centre, Bristol Rd Express Park, the New Police HQ
Stockmoor Park Housing Site, the 2000 homes off Kingsdown off the Bath Rd
Gerber Site, the Handbag Factory Burberry. Along with our Hospital Site on Bower.
These we fought hard to get into Bridgwater, to replace existing businesses that were depleted over the years, or like British Cellophane our largest employer ceased to exist.
So, here we are with all these fantastic companies, relocated to Bridgwater, only to be let down by consistent back peddling by Somerset C C Highways, to impliment the required infrastructure, in order for our Town to Cope.
Now, we are going shortly to receive the Construction Traffic, associated with the EDF Hinkley C New Generation Nuclear Generation, with upto 800 HGV
Vehicle Movements a Day, 24/7 Transportation Workers Buses, from 2 Park and Ride Hubs, as no private Cars or Works Contractors vehicles, will be allowed between Bridgwater and The Site, this also will include the Existing B Site, during its operating life, which has now been extended. Then of course there will be the De-Commissioning of the B Station.
This EDF Comstruction is to be the largest European Construction Site in Europe, with a build lasting in the region of 10-12 years.
Our existing traffic. Into the Town from Taunton Daily Stretches back into N Petherton, in the Summer ' God ' only knows the extent of the delays when Holiday traffic to the Services @ j24 mix into the Equasion !!
Our Town was promised 8 years ago, when I was a Former District Councillor & Town Councillor, Syncronised Traffic Lights, as you have in Tauntons East Reach. We are to have in the Words Of the SCC Highways Department,
" Tweaking of Our Junctions " Traffic Flows to Prioritise the Hinkley C Construction Traffic. As, I have already submitted, this to the Detriment of every other Business and Private Commutor within our Town and Residential
Estates.
Whilst, I do not really wish you in Taunton any direct animosity, It does make my Blood Boil, to witness all the New Highway Infrastructure, Bridges, New Roads, that are and have been constructed in your Town.
Whilst, we can not even get a Bridge built into Colley Lane, now 3-4 years behind Scheduele, paid for by the Stockmoor Developer on Taunton Rd.
106 Monies Paid to SCC, Work awaiting Start Date, Completion ?!!!!! Who Knows, not even SCC themselves, I fear.
We asked for a By- Pass for Bridgwater, for the EDF Hinkley 'c' Construction, as it was to have 20+ years ago when First Muted, from Dunball- Combwich,
Again, SCC Highways told EDF they did not have to provide a Relief Rd.
The only one's who were relieved were EDF, by some £20-50 Million, certainly not the residents of Bridgwater.
When J24 Agricultural Centre was Built, again 106 Monies, were levied on Derek Mead the Developer, this was supposed to have been spent on the Motorway Services Junction Round about, reducing the Inner area, creating a third lane around and improving the Services Access and Egress. Again, no work done, money TAKEN under False Pretention.
I was as I said earlier a former District Councillor, one of my Roles was to be on the SDC Planning Commitee, so I am Posting from a Knowledge based position.
The latest, scrimping has occurred for the Access to our Hospital, off Bath Rd
They, SCC Highways, ( Just So U Do Not Forget) were to have put a 4 way Traffic Controlled Junction, instead they have put a roundabout, which is far too small for it to be Negoitiated without difficulty by HGV's, with a further roundabout, @ the Hospital Entrance it's sell leading onto Bower Lane, where there are 3 Businesses, using daily access with HGV Transportation, and one of these is one of our largest Strawberry Producers, in the Region. With the other a Sheep and Cattle Haulier, whose Lorries have an extended Trailer Attatched. You need little imagination to see as to what they think of these constructed round-a-bouts, to access and Negoitiate.
All, I got from SCC Highways over a to long a period, is we do not want to do the Work Twice,!!!' Well, it would be Very nice, if we could have it done once, properly, after all you have had the MONIES Twice if Not THRICE Over !,
David L Preece
Blue - Owl
Perhaps you in the County Town of Taunton, where resideded are the SCC Highways Agency HQ, will now understand the Daily Frustration felt by us in Bridgwater, who have had to endure the Total Lack of Joined Up Traffic Management from the Highways Administration. Despite, our Towns Expansion over the last 10-12 years, with Vast sums collected by 106 Agreements forced onto every Development, from Small individual Properties to the Large Developments of J24 Agricultural Centre, Morrisons Distribution Centre, Bristol Rd Express Park, the New Police HQ Stockmoor Park Housing Site, the 2000 homes off Kingsdown off the Bath Rd Gerber Site, the Handbag Factory Burberry. Along with our Hospital Site on Bower. These we fought hard to get into Bridgwater, to replace existing businesses that were depleted over the years, or like British Cellophane our largest employer ceased to exist. So, here we are with all these fantastic companies, relocated to Bridgwater, only to be let down by consistent back peddling by Somerset C C Highways, to impliment the required infrastructure, in order for our Town to Cope. Now, we are going shortly to receive the Construction Traffic, associated with the EDF Hinkley C New Generation Nuclear Generation, with upto 800 HGV Vehicle Movements a Day, 24/7 Transportation Workers Buses, from 2 Park and Ride Hubs, as no private Cars or Works Contractors vehicles, will be allowed between Bridgwater and The Site, this also will include the Existing B Site, during its operating life, which has now been extended. Then of course there will be the De-Commissioning of the B Station. This EDF Comstruction is to be the largest European Construction Site in Europe, with a build lasting in the region of 10-12 years. Our existing traffic. Into the Town from Taunton Daily Stretches back into N Petherton, in the Summer ' God ' only knows the extent of the delays when Holiday traffic to the Services @ j24 mix into the Equasion !! Our Town was promised 8 years ago, when I was a Former District Councillor & Town Councillor, Syncronised Traffic Lights, as you have in Tauntons East Reach. We are to have in the Words Of the SCC Highways Department, " Tweaking of Our Junctions " Traffic Flows to Prioritise the Hinkley C Construction Traffic. As, I have already submitted, this to the Detriment of every other Business and Private Commutor within our Town and Residential Estates. Whilst, I do not really wish you in Taunton any direct animosity, It does make my Blood Boil, to witness all the New Highway Infrastructure, Bridges, New Roads, that are and have been constructed in your Town. Whilst, we can not even get a Bridge built into Colley Lane, now 3-4 years behind Scheduele, paid for by the Stockmoor Developer on Taunton Rd. 106 Monies Paid to SCC, Work awaiting Start Date, Completion ?!!!!! Who Knows, not even SCC themselves, I fear. We asked for a By- Pass for Bridgwater, for the EDF Hinkley 'c' Construction, as it was to have 20+ years ago when First Muted, from Dunball- Combwich, Again, SCC Highways told EDF they did not have to provide a Relief Rd. The only one's who were relieved were EDF, by some £20-50 Million, certainly not the residents of Bridgwater. When J24 Agricultural Centre was Built, again 106 Monies, were levied on Derek Mead the Developer, this was supposed to have been spent on the Motorway Services Junction Round about, reducing the Inner area, creating a third lane around and improving the Services Access and Egress. Again, no work done, money TAKEN under False Pretention. I was as I said earlier a former District Councillor, one of my Roles was to be on the SDC Planning Commitee, so I am Posting from a Knowledge based position. The latest, scrimping has occurred for the Access to our Hospital, off Bath Rd They, SCC Highways, ( Just So U Do Not Forget) were to have put a 4 way Traffic Controlled Junction, instead they have put a roundabout, which is far too small for it to be Negoitiated without difficulty by HGV's, with a further roundabout, @ the Hospital Entrance it's sell leading onto Bower Lane, where there are 3 Businesses, using daily access with HGV Transportation, and one of these is one of our largest Strawberry Producers, in the Region. With the other a Sheep and Cattle Haulier, whose Lorries have an extended Trailer Attatched. You need little imagination to see as to what they think of these constructed round-a-bouts, to access and Negoitiate. All, I got from SCC Highways over a to long a period, is we do not want to do the Work Twice,!!!' Well, it would be Very nice, if we could have it done once, properly, after all you have had the MONIES Twice if Not THRICE Over !, David L Preece Blue - Owl Blue Owl
  • Score: -1

10:26am Wed 30 Apr 14

Slow down! says...

I don't understand why this work isn't being done round the clock to minimise the disruption to the Town, business are suffering enough already without disruptive work like this adding to their worries.
I don't understand why this work isn't being done round the clock to minimise the disruption to the Town, business are suffering enough already without disruptive work like this adding to their worries. Slow down!
  • Score: 8

11:31am Wed 30 Apr 14

somersetvoyager says...

Just as an aside, the traffic mounting up on the A38 from Bradford on Tone through Rumwell and Stonegallows is **entirely** the result of the traffic roads at the crossroads on Silk Mill Road in Bishops Hull.
Just as an aside, the traffic mounting up on the A38 from Bradford on Tone through Rumwell and Stonegallows is **entirely** the result of the traffic roads at the crossroads on Silk Mill Road in Bishops Hull. somersetvoyager
  • Score: -1

5:02pm Wed 30 Apr 14

topcataj says...

Slow down! wrote:
I don't understand why this work isn't being done round the clock to minimise the disruption to the Town, business are suffering enough already without disruptive work like this adding to their worries.
Not sure the people who live in the vicinity of the works would appreciate that.

A38 in from Wellington was a lot better today aswell, so clearly the traffic problems weren't just because of road works...
[quote][p][bold]Slow down![/bold] wrote: I don't understand why this work isn't being done round the clock to minimise the disruption to the Town, business are suffering enough already without disruptive work like this adding to their worries.[/p][/quote]Not sure the people who live in the vicinity of the works would appreciate that. A38 in from Wellington was a lot better today aswell, so clearly the traffic problems weren't just because of road works... topcataj
  • Score: 0

6:12pm Wed 30 Apr 14

watsonr10 says...

It took a genius with a diploma to close off East Street, partial close the Crescent, Upper High Street, Compass Hill etc.,. Probably having a good laugh watching the resultant chaos, this week has seen one of the quietest weeks for shoppers in the town centre, who wants to endure this madness.
What have either of Councils done about this sheer bad planning? Probably the usual nothing.
Couple this with the lack of public transport at night shows both Councils have lost touch with needs of the people.
Why couldn't Wessex Water have concentrated on one site and put all its efforts and resources into, say, East Street and get the job done quickly without strangling the town?
It took a genius with a diploma to close off East Street, partial close the Crescent, Upper High Street, Compass Hill etc.,. Probably having a good laugh watching the resultant chaos, this week has seen one of the quietest weeks for shoppers in the town centre, who wants to endure this madness. What have either of Councils done about this sheer bad planning? Probably the usual nothing. Couple this with the lack of public transport at night shows both Councils have lost touch with needs of the people. Why couldn't Wessex Water have concentrated on one site and put all its efforts and resources into, say, East Street and get the job done quickly without strangling the town? watsonr10
  • Score: 12

11:29pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Blue Owl says...

Typical, not one of you from Taunton have even acknowledged my post, as to just how bad Bridgwater, has had to suffer with No Highways improvements to 95% of our roads! all we get a a bit of Tar and top dressing grit to cover up the Cracks..........
Well, all I can say is, may your road works Be with you all Summer. !!!
As you only think of your selves, typical......
David L Preece
Blue- Owl
Fighting for Bridgwater, now we know why. complete Apathy from Taunton, if these Comments are anything to go by .
Typical, not one of you from Taunton have even acknowledged my post, as to just how bad Bridgwater, has had to suffer with No Highways improvements to 95% of our roads! all we get a a bit of Tar and top dressing grit to cover up the Cracks.......... Well, all I can say is, may your road works Be with you all Summer. !!! As you only think of your selves, typical...... David L Preece Blue- Owl Fighting for Bridgwater, now we know why. complete Apathy from Taunton, if these Comments are anything to go by . Blue Owl
  • Score: -27

8:33am Thu 1 May 14

GoingGreen says...

Of course, if the people I have heard complain about their 5-10 minute commute taking 45 mins weren't being so lazy in the first place.....
Of course, if the people I have heard complain about their 5-10 minute commute taking 45 mins weren't being so lazy in the first place..... GoingGreen
  • Score: -3

10:05am Thu 1 May 14

Blue Owl says...

GoingGreen wrote:
Of course, if the people I have heard complain about their 5-10 minute commute taking 45 mins weren't being so lazy in the first place.....
I have read your Post, the point you make, is exactly the problem, for some reason, you and others like yourself have been brainwashed by the Green Eco, make the World- a fluffy More Likeable place !!!!
The reality is, you nor I will change the way in which the Planet, is in the process of cleansing itself, by way of Fire Floods Plague, etc.
The Green Agenda, is only a way of Companies to surcharge us into Buying In to their Programmes.
I , like many others Work, Pay my Taxes, and therefore, it is my personal Choice, as to how I spend the Balance left. I really object to others telling me I should not Drive, Should Not Drink, Should Not Smoke and all the rest of the Do Gooders Agenda's. When I jump in my vehicle, I am not going only from A - B, but maybe 3-4 locations, On when the Local Buses, become available @ a Fixed realistic Hop on Hop off scale of Zone Charges will I Consider using them, I walk rather than Pay £1.80 for a Single into Town Fare, £3.60 return. crazy.........Zones 1 @0.50p Zone2 @ £1.00 Within Town. £1.50 inter-Town, or District, Result !!! Full Buses, economically Viable for the Operating Companies, more revenues collected. Or continue as @ present, unviable, underused Services.
The Cyclist, think they are being Good, those who ride the Local buses, must have Bus Passes, as no ordinary Person can afford the Outrageous Charges, that are Levied, these Buses, normally are less than 1/4 full, with them Poluting the Air with the Diesel Fumes belching out !!!
' It is My Choice, do not Force me to comply !!!"
When The E Agency spend £30 Million on a Bloody Wetland Sactuary @ the River Parrett estuary, instead of Dredging the Parrett to stop people's homes and businesses flooding. Under, now we hear, that the EU would have imposed Severe Penalties on them, had they not Complied.
Do what the Bloody French do, which is Only To Comp,y when it is Suitable to them.!!!!
We, have been, on this Planet for 10.000 yrs Approx, the Planet, has been in Existance for Millions of Years, the Inca's, the Ancient Civilisations, lasted for a number of years b4 Extinction, and so will we as a race. !!!! Like with King Canute and the Tides, it is unstoppable.
The Do Gooders, will and never Control, as to what happens all over the Global Surface, therefore the Indian, Chinese will continue to build Coal fired Power Stations, so whatever we do here in the So Called West, the Eastearn and other Countries will continue to Pollute..........It'
s a No Brainer !!!!!
But, how much are these So called ' Green Companies Being Paid ' to tell us all as to what and how we must Comply..........
Blue-Owl
David LPreece
[quote][p][bold]GoingGreen[/bold] wrote: Of course, if the people I have heard complain about their 5-10 minute commute taking 45 mins weren't being so lazy in the first place.....[/p][/quote]I have read your Post, the point you make, is exactly the problem, for some reason, you and others like yourself have been brainwashed by the Green Eco, make the World- a fluffy More Likeable place !!!! The reality is, you nor I will change the way in which the Planet, is in the process of cleansing itself, by way of Fire Floods Plague, etc. The Green Agenda, is only a way of Companies to surcharge us into Buying In to their Programmes. I , like many others Work, Pay my Taxes, and therefore, it is my personal Choice, as to how I spend the Balance left. I really object to others telling me I should not Drive, Should Not Drink, Should Not Smoke and all the rest of the Do Gooders Agenda's. When I jump in my vehicle, I am not going only from A - B, but maybe 3-4 locations, On when the Local Buses, become available @ a Fixed realistic Hop on Hop off scale of Zone Charges will I Consider using them, I walk rather than Pay £1.80 for a Single into Town Fare, £3.60 return. crazy.........Zones 1 @0.50p Zone2 @ £1.00 Within Town. £1.50 inter-Town, or District, Result !!! Full Buses, economically Viable for the Operating Companies, more revenues collected. Or continue as @ present, unviable, underused Services. The Cyclist, think they are being Good, those who ride the Local buses, must have Bus Passes, as no ordinary Person can afford the Outrageous Charges, that are Levied, these Buses, normally are less than 1/4 full, with them Poluting the Air with the Diesel Fumes belching out !!! ' It is My Choice, do not Force me to comply !!!" When The E Agency spend £30 Million on a Bloody Wetland Sactuary @ the River Parrett estuary, instead of Dredging the Parrett to stop people's homes and businesses flooding. Under, now we hear, that the EU would have imposed Severe Penalties on them, had they not Complied. Do what the Bloody French do, which is Only To Comp,y when it is Suitable to them.!!!! We, have been, on this Planet for 10.000 yrs Approx, the Planet, has been in Existance for Millions of Years, the Inca's, the Ancient Civilisations, lasted for a number of years b4 Extinction, and so will we as a race. !!!! Like with King Canute and the Tides, it is unstoppable. The Do Gooders, will and never Control, as to what happens all over the Global Surface, therefore the Indian, Chinese will continue to build Coal fired Power Stations, so whatever we do here in the So Called West, the Eastearn and other Countries will continue to Pollute..........It' s a No Brainer !!!!! But, how much are these So called ' Green Companies Being Paid ' to tell us all as to what and how we must Comply.......... Blue-Owl David LPreece Blue Owl
  • Score: -11

12:39pm Thu 1 May 14

GoingGreen says...

Blue Owl wrote:
GoingGreen wrote:
Of course, if the people I have heard complain about their 5-10 minute commute taking 45 mins weren't being so lazy in the first place.....
I have read your Post, the point you make, is exactly the problem, for some reason, you and others like yourself have been brainwashed by the Green Eco, make the World- a fluffy More Likeable place !!!!
The reality is, you nor I will change the way in which the Planet, is in the process of cleansing itself, by way of Fire Floods Plague, etc.
The Green Agenda, is only a way of Companies to surcharge us into Buying In to their Programmes.
I , like many others Work, Pay my Taxes, and therefore, it is my personal Choice, as to how I spend the Balance left. I really object to others telling me I should not Drive, Should Not Drink, Should Not Smoke and all the rest of the Do Gooders Agenda's. When I jump in my vehicle, I am not going only from A - B, but maybe 3-4 locations, On when the Local Buses, become available @ a Fixed realistic Hop on Hop off scale of Zone Charges will I Consider using them, I walk rather than Pay £1.80 for a Single into Town Fare, £3.60 return. crazy.........Zones 1 @0.50p Zone2 @ £1.00 Within Town. £1.50 inter-Town, or District, Result !!! Full Buses, economically Viable for the Operating Companies, more revenues collected. Or continue as @ present, unviable, underused Services.
The Cyclist, think they are being Good, those who ride the Local buses, must have Bus Passes, as no ordinary Person can afford the Outrageous Charges, that are Levied, these Buses, normally are less than 1/4 full, with them Poluting the Air with the Diesel Fumes belching out !!!
' It is My Choice, do not Force me to comply !!!"
When The E Agency spend £30 Million on a Bloody Wetland Sactuary @ the River Parrett estuary, instead of Dredging the Parrett to stop people's homes and businesses flooding. Under, now we hear, that the EU would have imposed Severe Penalties on them, had they not Complied.
Do what the Bloody French do, which is Only To Comp,y when it is Suitable to them.!!!!
We, have been, on this Planet for 10.000 yrs Approx, the Planet, has been in Existance for Millions of Years, the Inca's, the Ancient Civilisations, lasted for a number of years b4 Extinction, and so will we as a race. !!!! Like with King Canute and the Tides, it is unstoppable.
The Do Gooders, will and never Control, as to what happens all over the Global Surface, therefore the Indian, Chinese will continue to build Coal fired Power Stations, so whatever we do here in the So Called West, the Eastearn and other Countries will continue to Pollute..........It'

s a No Brainer !!!!!
But, how much are these So called ' Green Companies Being Paid ' to tell us all as to what and how we must Comply..........
Blue-Owl
David LPreece
No you didn't read my post you fool. My post suggested reducing the cars to stop congestion you fool. No mention of the environment at all. Green just happens to be my favourite colour. Deary me, you have some issues!
[quote][p][bold]Blue Owl[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GoingGreen[/bold] wrote: Of course, if the people I have heard complain about their 5-10 minute commute taking 45 mins weren't being so lazy in the first place.....[/p][/quote]I have read your Post, the point you make, is exactly the problem, for some reason, you and others like yourself have been brainwashed by the Green Eco, make the World- a fluffy More Likeable place !!!! The reality is, you nor I will change the way in which the Planet, is in the process of cleansing itself, by way of Fire Floods Plague, etc. The Green Agenda, is only a way of Companies to surcharge us into Buying In to their Programmes. I , like many others Work, Pay my Taxes, and therefore, it is my personal Choice, as to how I spend the Balance left. I really object to others telling me I should not Drive, Should Not Drink, Should Not Smoke and all the rest of the Do Gooders Agenda's. When I jump in my vehicle, I am not going only from A - B, but maybe 3-4 locations, On when the Local Buses, become available @ a Fixed realistic Hop on Hop off scale of Zone Charges will I Consider using them, I walk rather than Pay £1.80 for a Single into Town Fare, £3.60 return. crazy.........Zones 1 @0.50p Zone2 @ £1.00 Within Town. £1.50 inter-Town, or District, Result !!! Full Buses, economically Viable for the Operating Companies, more revenues collected. Or continue as @ present, unviable, underused Services. The Cyclist, think they are being Good, those who ride the Local buses, must have Bus Passes, as no ordinary Person can afford the Outrageous Charges, that are Levied, these Buses, normally are less than 1/4 full, with them Poluting the Air with the Diesel Fumes belching out !!! ' It is My Choice, do not Force me to comply !!!" When The E Agency spend £30 Million on a Bloody Wetland Sactuary @ the River Parrett estuary, instead of Dredging the Parrett to stop people's homes and businesses flooding. Under, now we hear, that the EU would have imposed Severe Penalties on them, had they not Complied. Do what the Bloody French do, which is Only To Comp,y when it is Suitable to them.!!!! We, have been, on this Planet for 10.000 yrs Approx, the Planet, has been in Existance for Millions of Years, the Inca's, the Ancient Civilisations, lasted for a number of years b4 Extinction, and so will we as a race. !!!! Like with King Canute and the Tides, it is unstoppable. The Do Gooders, will and never Control, as to what happens all over the Global Surface, therefore the Indian, Chinese will continue to build Coal fired Power Stations, so whatever we do here in the So Called West, the Eastearn and other Countries will continue to Pollute..........It' s a No Brainer !!!!! But, how much are these So called ' Green Companies Being Paid ' to tell us all as to what and how we must Comply.......... Blue-Owl David LPreece[/p][/quote]No you didn't read my post you fool. My post suggested reducing the cars to stop congestion you fool. No mention of the environment at all. Green just happens to be my favourite colour. Deary me, you have some issues! GoingGreen
  • Score: 1

1:37pm Thu 1 May 14

topcataj says...

Blue Owl wrote:
Typical, not one of you from Taunton have even acknowledged my post, as to just how bad Bridgwater, has had to suffer with No Highways improvements to 95% of our roads! all we get a a bit of Tar and top dressing grit to cover up the Cracks..........
Well, all I can say is, may your road works Be with you all Summer. !!!
As you only think of your selves, typical......
David L Preece
Blue- Owl
Fighting for Bridgwater, now we know why. complete Apathy from Taunton, if these Comments are anything to go by .
I believe Wessex Water did the rounds in Bridgwater before Taunton?
[quote][p][bold]Blue Owl[/bold] wrote: Typical, not one of you from Taunton have even acknowledged my post, as to just how bad Bridgwater, has had to suffer with No Highways improvements to 95% of our roads! all we get a a bit of Tar and top dressing grit to cover up the Cracks.......... Well, all I can say is, may your road works Be with you all Summer. !!! As you only think of your selves, typical...... David L Preece Blue- Owl Fighting for Bridgwater, now we know why. complete Apathy from Taunton, if these Comments are anything to go by .[/p][/quote]I believe Wessex Water did the rounds in Bridgwater before Taunton? topcataj
  • Score: 4

1:57pm Thu 1 May 14

Slow down! says...

topcataj wrote:
Slow down! wrote: I don't understand why this work isn't being done round the clock to minimise the disruption to the Town, business are suffering enough already without disruptive work like this adding to their worries.
Not sure the people who live in the vicinity of the works would appreciate that. A38 in from Wellington was a lot better today aswell, so clearly the traffic problems weren't just because of road works...
When new traffic lights and other major works were carried out at the bottom of East Reach a few years ago the works were carried out in the night for two months or so, no one cared about the disruption and sleepless nights to local people then!
These works are going on for too long, and how long does it take to remove and rebuild a roundabout, Priory bridge road works are a joke, if this was China or Japan the bridge, road and infrastructure would have been finished weeks ago.
[quote][p][bold]topcataj[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Slow down![/bold] wrote: I don't understand why this work isn't being done round the clock to minimise the disruption to the Town, business are suffering enough already without disruptive work like this adding to their worries.[/p][/quote]Not sure the people who live in the vicinity of the works would appreciate that. A38 in from Wellington was a lot better today aswell, so clearly the traffic problems weren't just because of road works...[/p][/quote]When new traffic lights and other major works were carried out at the bottom of East Reach a few years ago the works were carried out in the night for two months or so, no one cared about the disruption and sleepless nights to local people then! These works are going on for too long, and how long does it take to remove and rebuild a roundabout, Priory bridge road works are a joke, if this was China or Japan the bridge, road and infrastructure would have been finished weeks ago. Slow down!
  • Score: 10

5:41pm Thu 1 May 14

twigimala says...

simple solution-turn the lights out @ TKMAXX and let the traffic flow -simples
simple solution-turn the lights out @ TKMAXX and let the traffic flow -simples twigimala
  • Score: 9

9:59pm Thu 1 May 14

Blue Owl says...

topcataj wrote:
Blue Owl wrote:
Typical, not one of you from Taunton have even acknowledged my post, as to just how bad Bridgwater, has had to suffer with No Highways improvements to 95% of our roads! all we get a a bit of Tar and top dressing grit to cover up the Cracks..........
Well, all I can say is, may your road works Be with you all Summer. !!!
As you only think of your selves, typical......
David L Preece
Blue- Owl
Fighting for Bridgwater, now we know why. complete Apathy from Taunton, if these Comments are anything to go by .
I believe Wessex Water did the rounds in Bridgwater before Taunton?
Yes and we just let them Get On With It !! As it was essential replacement Works, that had to be Done , in order to Upgrade the Water Supplies, and to reduce Leakage from old Pipes.
My point is to The Taunton Residents, who are being inconvenienced, live with it, make alternative arrangements to your Daily routines, alter the Time you travel, if possible.
But the person, who suggested that SCC, want You To Amend Your Personal Choice, and to use the Park & Rides, which are not being Utilised at Present, as SCC would Want. Do not Dismiss his Concerns, there is Milage ( excuse the Pun ) in his Warnings.
Very soon, all Council's will be introducing Maximum 20 MPH Speed Restrictions within All Highways, where the Current 30 MPH Applies., another
European Directive, forced upon us By Brussels.
If you do not believe me, Ask SCC, under Freedom of Information Act Legislation.
David L Preece
Blue Owl
[quote][p][bold]topcataj[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Blue Owl[/bold] wrote: Typical, not one of you from Taunton have even acknowledged my post, as to just how bad Bridgwater, has had to suffer with No Highways improvements to 95% of our roads! all we get a a bit of Tar and top dressing grit to cover up the Cracks.......... Well, all I can say is, may your road works Be with you all Summer. !!! As you only think of your selves, typical...... David L Preece Blue- Owl Fighting for Bridgwater, now we know why. complete Apathy from Taunton, if these Comments are anything to go by .[/p][/quote]I believe Wessex Water did the rounds in Bridgwater before Taunton?[/p][/quote]Yes and we just let them Get On With It !! As it was essential replacement Works, that had to be Done , in order to Upgrade the Water Supplies, and to reduce Leakage from old Pipes. My point is to The Taunton Residents, who are being inconvenienced, live with it, make alternative arrangements to your Daily routines, alter the Time you travel, if possible. But the person, who suggested that SCC, want You To Amend Your Personal Choice, and to use the Park & Rides, which are not being Utilised at Present, as SCC would Want. Do not Dismiss his Concerns, there is Milage ( excuse the Pun ) in his Warnings. Very soon, all Council's will be introducing Maximum 20 MPH Speed Restrictions within All Highways, where the Current 30 MPH Applies., another European Directive, forced upon us By Brussels. If you do not believe me, Ask SCC, under Freedom of Information Act Legislation. David L Preece Blue Owl Blue Owl
  • Score: -9

10:04pm Thu 1 May 14

Blue Owl says...

Going green, To Bloody Right, I have Issues, So would you !!! If you in Taunton had to put up with the SCC Highways ****, that we have had to endure in Bridgwater. Over the Last 10 years, and now with the EDF Hinkley C, Construction soon to Start, So another 10 -15 Years of Utter Traffic Congestion, so instead of Dishing out names towards me, understand as to Why I posted my Comments !!!!
David L Preece
Blue -Owl
Going green, To Bloody Right, I have Issues, So would you !!! If you in Taunton had to put up with the SCC Highways ****, that we have had to endure in Bridgwater. Over the Last 10 years, and now with the EDF Hinkley C, Construction soon to Start, So another 10 -15 Years of Utter Traffic Congestion, so instead of Dishing out names towards me, understand as to Why I posted my Comments !!!! David L Preece Blue -Owl Blue Owl
  • Score: -12

8:07am Sat 3 May 14

ladybird14 says...

ok so why dig up so many bloody roads at once ???? where ever you turn there is a hole with a man leaning on a tool on a mobile phone drinking coffee/tea with a fag hanging out of his mouth in a minute we will be told there are no funds to finish the job !!
ok so why dig up so many bloody roads at once ???? where ever you turn there is a hole with a man leaning on a tool on a mobile phone drinking coffee/tea with a fag hanging out of his mouth in a minute we will be told there are no funds to finish the job !! ladybird14
  • Score: 5

5:52pm Sat 3 May 14

Little_Owly says...

Taunton today. Beyond a joke. In a minute there will be NO roads left open.
Taunton today. Beyond a joke. In a minute there will be NO roads left open. Little_Owly
  • Score: 4

11:55am Sun 4 May 14

duckface08 says...

Is the current chaos a forerunner of what traffic would be like if the town centre was pedestrianized with a ban on vehicles?? Just a thought for the future!
Is the current chaos a forerunner of what traffic would be like if the town centre was pedestrianized with a ban on vehicles?? Just a thought for the future! duckface08
  • Score: 6

6:07pm Mon 5 May 14

jamking says...

duckface08 wrote:
Is the current chaos a forerunner of what traffic would be like if the town centre was pedestrianized with a ban on vehicles?? Just a thought for the future!
Of course you mean motor vehicles. If we made by it safe for people to cycle in Taunton by joining up all the cycle routes and removing private motorvehicles from East St and Bridge St then we'd have a much better town centre. We have to get people out of cars for most short trips just like the Dutch do. Most trips for most people inTaunton don't require a car. If people walked, cycled or used buses for those trips traffic jams would be no more.
We could do it with political will. It would cost a lot less than building new roads!
[quote][p][bold]duckface08[/bold] wrote: Is the current chaos a forerunner of what traffic would be like if the town centre was pedestrianized with a ban on vehicles?? Just a thought for the future![/p][/quote]Of course you mean motor vehicles. If we made by it safe for people to cycle in Taunton by joining up all the cycle routes and removing private motorvehicles from East St and Bridge St then we'd have a much better town centre. We have to get people out of cars for most short trips just like the Dutch do. Most trips for most people inTaunton don't require a car. If people walked, cycled or used buses for those trips traffic jams would be no more. We could do it with political will. It would cost a lot less than building new roads! jamking
  • Score: 2

10:02pm Mon 5 May 14

FreeSpeech? says...

We could make it even safer for pedestrians of the town by teaching cyclists the laws of the land regarding cycling on the pavements, through red lights and out of side roads without looking and I point my finger mainly at men aged 50 and over who think they can cycle anywhere and anyway they please.
We could make it even safer for pedestrians of the town by teaching cyclists the laws of the land regarding cycling on the pavements, through red lights and out of side roads without looking and I point my finger mainly at men aged 50 and over who think they can cycle anywhere and anyway they please. FreeSpeech?
  • Score: 2

10:18pm Mon 5 May 14

boliston says...

FreeSpeech? wrote:
We could make it even safer for pedestrians of the town by teaching cyclists the laws of the land regarding cycling on the pavements, through red lights and out of side roads without looking and I point my finger mainly at men aged 50 and over who think they can cycle anywhere and anyway they please.
I do not agree with cycling though red lights or turning out of roads without looking BUT many busy roads in the town are simply death traps for cyclists the way people drive on them, with little regard for the speed limit so cyclists in these circumastances either use the pavement or dice with death. Roads in particular are Greenway Road, the Silk Mills Road, and most of the main A38 through the town. These busy roads have very little pedestrian traffic so the pavements should be made "dual use" allowing cyclists to share them legally, as normally happens in continental europe.
[quote][p][bold]FreeSpeech?[/bold] wrote: We could make it even safer for pedestrians of the town by teaching cyclists the laws of the land regarding cycling on the pavements, through red lights and out of side roads without looking and I point my finger mainly at men aged 50 and over who think they can cycle anywhere and anyway they please.[/p][/quote]I do not agree with cycling though red lights or turning out of roads without looking BUT many busy roads in the town are simply death traps for cyclists the way people drive on them, with little regard for the speed limit so cyclists in these circumastances either use the pavement or dice with death. Roads in particular are Greenway Road, the Silk Mills Road, and most of the main A38 through the town. These busy roads have very little pedestrian traffic so the pavements should be made "dual use" allowing cyclists to share them legally, as normally happens in continental europe. boliston
  • Score: 1

10:40pm Mon 5 May 14

jamking says...

FreeSpeech? wrote:
We could make it even safer for pedestrians of the town by teaching cyclists the laws of the land regarding cycling on the pavements, through red lights and out of side roads without looking and I point my finger mainly at men aged 50 and over who think they can cycle anywhere and anyway they please.
Cyclists need safe infrastructure just like pedestrians do. I don't condone running red lights, just as I don't condone speeding drivers or cars being driven on pavements to park an increasingly common problem,and a criminal offence of course,which forces pedestrians, especially with pushchairs, and wheelchairs into the road. Not to mention the many hundreds of undetected speeding offences in Taunton every day. Pedestrians are killed and seriously injured by drivers, not cyclists.
[quote][p][bold]FreeSpeech?[/bold] wrote: We could make it even safer for pedestrians of the town by teaching cyclists the laws of the land regarding cycling on the pavements, through red lights and out of side roads without looking and I point my finger mainly at men aged 50 and over who think they can cycle anywhere and anyway they please.[/p][/quote]Cyclists need safe infrastructure just like pedestrians do. I don't condone running red lights, just as I don't condone speeding drivers or cars being driven on pavements to park an increasingly common problem,and a criminal offence of course,which forces pedestrians, especially with pushchairs, and wheelchairs into the road. Not to mention the many hundreds of undetected speeding offences in Taunton every day. Pedestrians are killed and seriously injured by drivers, not cyclists. jamking
  • Score: 1

10:58pm Mon 5 May 14

Blue Owl says...

jamking wrote:
duckface08 wrote:
Is the current chaos a forerunner of what traffic would be like if the town centre was pedestrianized with a ban on vehicles?? Just a thought for the future!
Of course you mean motor vehicles. If we made by it safe for people to cycle in Taunton by joining up all the cycle routes and removing private motorvehicles from East St and Bridge St then we'd have a much better town centre. We have to get people out of cars for most short trips just like the Dutch do. Most trips for most people inTaunton don't require a car. If people walked, cycled or used buses for those trips traffic jams would be no more.
We could do it with political will. It would cost a lot less than building new roads!
Why do you Bloody Cyclist who Pay Nothing to use the Highways, want to force us Legally Paying Motorists out of our Vehicles........I pay over the Odds to use my Cars, so I am going to drive them to where and from where I want too..,.. I am fed to the Teeth of Sodding Cyclist, riding without Lights, spicy cling across Junctions, not obeying Traffic Lights. Undertaking Overtaking, any where you decide to.
I would personally make every Cyclist Comply with the Road Traffic Regulations, give the Noddy PCSO the Authority to issue Tickets to Offending Cyclist, the others are ok. Additionally each Rider and the Bike must be Taxed and Insured to use Our Legal Highway, that We Motorist Over Pay to use. And you and your Wooly Brained SCC Cycle Brigade, have £4million to Spend On Sodding Cycle Routes, design and Build them ,so you do not Conflict with us Motorist.
Yes, I am Bloody Angry, Why, because only 2 weeks ago, I had a 12 yr old Lad Cycle of a Blind Junction, from illegally cycling on the Pavement, causing over £200.00 worth Damage to my Jaguar, in Bridgwater, he was lucky it caused him no injury. No I am having to fight to get my damaged vehicle put right, against his parents House Policy. So All Cyclists should be insured, as us motorist have to be to use the Highways......He admitted to his Parents he was in the wrong. As He was !!!
David L Preece
Blue-Owl
[quote][p][bold]jamking[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]duckface08[/bold] wrote: Is the current chaos a forerunner of what traffic would be like if the town centre was pedestrianized with a ban on vehicles?? Just a thought for the future![/p][/quote]Of course you mean motor vehicles. If we made by it safe for people to cycle in Taunton by joining up all the cycle routes and removing private motorvehicles from East St and Bridge St then we'd have a much better town centre. We have to get people out of cars for most short trips just like the Dutch do. Most trips for most people inTaunton don't require a car. If people walked, cycled or used buses for those trips traffic jams would be no more. We could do it with political will. It would cost a lot less than building new roads![/p][/quote]Why do you Bloody Cyclist who Pay Nothing to use the Highways, want to force us Legally Paying Motorists out of our Vehicles........I pay over the Odds to use my Cars, so I am going to drive them to where and from where I want too..,.. I am fed to the Teeth of Sodding Cyclist, riding without Lights, spicy cling across Junctions, not obeying Traffic Lights. Undertaking Overtaking, any where you decide to. I would personally make every Cyclist Comply with the Road Traffic Regulations, give the Noddy PCSO the Authority to issue Tickets to Offending Cyclist, the others are ok. Additionally each Rider and the Bike must be Taxed and Insured to use Our Legal Highway, that We Motorist Over Pay to use. And you and your Wooly Brained SCC Cycle Brigade, have £4million to Spend On Sodding Cycle Routes, design and Build them ,so you do not Conflict with us Motorist. Yes, I am Bloody Angry, Why, because only 2 weeks ago, I had a 12 yr old Lad Cycle of a Blind Junction, from illegally cycling on the Pavement, causing over £200.00 worth Damage to my Jaguar, in Bridgwater, he was lucky it caused him no injury. No I am having to fight to get my damaged vehicle put right, against his parents House Policy. So All Cyclists should be insured, as us motorist have to be to use the Highways......He admitted to his Parents he was in the wrong. As He was !!! David L Preece Blue-Owl Blue Owl
  • Score: -1

11:39pm Mon 5 May 14

mansell5 says...

Blue Owl wrote:
Typical, not one of you from Taunton have even acknowledged my post, as to just how bad Bridgwater, has had to suffer with No Highways improvements to 95% of our roads! all we get a a bit of Tar and top dressing grit to cover up the Cracks..........
Well, all I can say is, may your road works Be with you all Summer. !!!
As you only think of your selves, typical......
David L Preece
Blue- Owl
Fighting for Bridgwater, now we know why. complete Apathy from Taunton, if these Comments are anything to go by .
If you wrote in English, without capital letters on random words and with a few more facts you might get more support.

You rant about the SCC Highways Agency. There is no such body. There is SCC which has a highway authority role for local roads, and there is the Highways Agency, which is a government agency with responsibility for trunk roads and motorways. There are no trunk roads in Sedgemoor. I would have expected better of an ex councillor.
[quote][p][bold]Blue Owl[/bold] wrote: Typical, not one of you from Taunton have even acknowledged my post, as to just how bad Bridgwater, has had to suffer with No Highways improvements to 95% of our roads! all we get a a bit of Tar and top dressing grit to cover up the Cracks.......... Well, all I can say is, may your road works Be with you all Summer. !!! As you only think of your selves, typical...... David L Preece Blue- Owl Fighting for Bridgwater, now we know why. complete Apathy from Taunton, if these Comments are anything to go by .[/p][/quote]If you wrote in English, without capital letters on random words and with a few more facts you might get more support. You rant about the SCC Highways Agency. There is no such body. There is SCC which has a highway authority role for local roads, and there is the Highways Agency, which is a government agency with responsibility for trunk roads and motorways. There are no trunk roads in Sedgemoor. I would have expected better of an ex councillor. mansell5
  • Score: 5

7:05am Tue 6 May 14

FreeSpeech? says...

jamking wrote:
FreeSpeech? wrote:
We could make it even safer for pedestrians of the town by teaching cyclists the laws of the land regarding cycling on the pavements, through red lights and out of side roads without looking and I point my finger mainly at men aged 50 and over who think they can cycle anywhere and anyway they please.
Cyclists need safe infrastructure just like pedestrians do. I don't condone running red lights, just as I don't condone speeding drivers or cars being driven on pavements to park an increasingly common problem,and a criminal offence of course,which forces pedestrians, especially with pushchairs, and wheelchairs into the road. Not to mention the many hundreds of undetected speeding offences in Taunton every day. Pedestrians are killed and seriously injured by drivers, not cyclists.
Wrong......Many pedestrians are injured and some killed each year by speeding reckless cyclists using the pavements as a highway and most of the culprits are old enough to know better. Bring back cycling proficiency test, make them compulsory to any over 18 and make them have insurance.
[quote][p][bold]jamking[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]FreeSpeech?[/bold] wrote: We could make it even safer for pedestrians of the town by teaching cyclists the laws of the land regarding cycling on the pavements, through red lights and out of side roads without looking and I point my finger mainly at men aged 50 and over who think they can cycle anywhere and anyway they please.[/p][/quote]Cyclists need safe infrastructure just like pedestrians do. I don't condone running red lights, just as I don't condone speeding drivers or cars being driven on pavements to park an increasingly common problem,and a criminal offence of course,which forces pedestrians, especially with pushchairs, and wheelchairs into the road. Not to mention the many hundreds of undetected speeding offences in Taunton every day. Pedestrians are killed and seriously injured by drivers, not cyclists.[/p][/quote]Wrong......Many pedestrians are injured and some killed each year by speeding reckless cyclists using the pavements as a highway and most of the culprits are old enough to know better. Bring back cycling proficiency test, make them compulsory to any over 18 and make them have insurance. FreeSpeech?
  • Score: 2

9:22am Tue 6 May 14

Blue Owl says...

FreeSpeech? wrote:
jamking wrote:
FreeSpeech? wrote:
We could make it even safer for pedestrians of the town by teaching cyclists the laws of the land regarding cycling on the pavements, through red lights and out of side roads without looking and I point my finger mainly at men aged 50 and over who think they can cycle anywhere and anyway they please.
Cyclists need safe infrastructure just like pedestrians do. I don't condone running red lights, just as I don't condone speeding drivers or cars being driven on pavements to park an increasingly common problem,and a criminal offence of course,which forces pedestrians, especially with pushchairs, and wheelchairs into the road. Not to mention the many hundreds of undetected speeding offences in Taunton every day. Pedestrians are killed and seriously injured by drivers, not cyclists.
Wrong......Many pedestrians are injured and some killed each year by speeding reckless cyclists using the pavements as a highway and most of the culprits are old enough to know better. Bring back cycling proficiency test, make them compulsory to any over 18 and make them have insurance.
I totally agree with you, as I posted, SCC have an Extra Grant from Trans ?? What Ever they are Named to spend and improve Cycling for Somerset's Cyclists.
They the Cyclists need to Lobby the Powers that be to " Spend the Money" not sit on it !!!
But remember, those Funds are for the Whole of Somerset !!! not just Taunton.
A recent, survey revealed that although, we in Bridgwater, had the Highest number or Cyclist, riding for Pleasure and indeed to their place of Work, in Somerset. Yet, SCC, spend less per Cycle Mile than any other District in the UK.
This situation has to be address, now !!!! To much talk talk !! Not enough action, !!!!!
I have suggested over many years as a former Councillor for SDC, for a Cycle Network Path to be Instigated on our Wide Pavements @ Broadway, this will cost Minimal to instigate, will keep cyclist, out of the Path of HGV Traffic, has this been adopted, hell no !!! To simple !!! And not Compliant with Taunton 's views as to what we in Bridgwater Want . !!!!
David L Preece
Blue-Owl
[quote][p][bold]FreeSpeech?[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jamking[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]FreeSpeech?[/bold] wrote: We could make it even safer for pedestrians of the town by teaching cyclists the laws of the land regarding cycling on the pavements, through red lights and out of side roads without looking and I point my finger mainly at men aged 50 and over who think they can cycle anywhere and anyway they please.[/p][/quote]Cyclists need safe infrastructure just like pedestrians do. I don't condone running red lights, just as I don't condone speeding drivers or cars being driven on pavements to park an increasingly common problem,and a criminal offence of course,which forces pedestrians, especially with pushchairs, and wheelchairs into the road. Not to mention the many hundreds of undetected speeding offences in Taunton every day. Pedestrians are killed and seriously injured by drivers, not cyclists.[/p][/quote]Wrong......Many pedestrians are injured and some killed each year by speeding reckless cyclists using the pavements as a highway and most of the culprits are old enough to know better. Bring back cycling proficiency test, make them compulsory to any over 18 and make them have insurance.[/p][/quote]I totally agree with you, as I posted, SCC have an Extra Grant from Trans ?? What Ever they are Named to spend and improve Cycling for Somerset's Cyclists. They the Cyclists need to Lobby the Powers that be to " Spend the Money" not sit on it !!! But remember, those Funds are for the Whole of Somerset !!! not just Taunton. A recent, survey revealed that although, we in Bridgwater, had the Highest number or Cyclist, riding for Pleasure and indeed to their place of Work, in Somerset. Yet, SCC, spend less per Cycle Mile than any other District in the UK. This situation has to be address, now !!!! To much talk talk !! Not enough action, !!!!! I have suggested over many years as a former Councillor for SDC, for a Cycle Network Path to be Instigated on our Wide Pavements @ Broadway, this will cost Minimal to instigate, will keep cyclist, out of the Path of HGV Traffic, has this been adopted, hell no !!! To simple !!! And not Compliant with Taunton 's views as to what we in Bridgwater Want . !!!! David L Preece Blue-Owl Blue Owl
  • Score: 0

1:43pm Tue 6 May 14

GoingGreen says...

Blue Owl wrote:
FreeSpeech? wrote:
jamking wrote:
FreeSpeech? wrote:
We could make it even safer for pedestrians of the town by teaching cyclists the laws of the land regarding cycling on the pavements, through red lights and out of side roads without looking and I point my finger mainly at men aged 50 and over who think they can cycle anywhere and anyway they please.
Cyclists need safe infrastructure just like pedestrians do. I don't condone running red lights, just as I don't condone speeding drivers or cars being driven on pavements to park an increasingly common problem,and a criminal offence of course,which forces pedestrians, especially with pushchairs, and wheelchairs into the road. Not to mention the many hundreds of undetected speeding offences in Taunton every day. Pedestrians are killed and seriously injured by drivers, not cyclists.
Wrong......Many pedestrians are injured and some killed each year by speeding reckless cyclists using the pavements as a highway and most of the culprits are old enough to know better. Bring back cycling proficiency test, make them compulsory to any over 18 and make them have insurance.
I totally agree with you, as I posted, SCC have an Extra Grant from Trans ?? What Ever they are Named to spend and improve Cycling for Somerset's Cyclists.
They the Cyclists need to Lobby the Powers that be to " Spend the Money" not sit on it !!!
But remember, those Funds are for the Whole of Somerset !!! not just Taunton.
A recent, survey revealed that although, we in Bridgwater, had the Highest number or Cyclist, riding for Pleasure and indeed to their place of Work, in Somerset. Yet, SCC, spend less per Cycle Mile than any other District in the UK.
This situation has to be address, now !!!! To much talk talk !! Not enough action, !!!!!
I have suggested over many years as a former Councillor for SDC, for a Cycle Network Path to be Instigated on our Wide Pavements @ Broadway, this will cost Minimal to instigate, will keep cyclist, out of the Path of HGV Traffic, has this been adopted, hell no !!! To simple !!! And not Compliant with Taunton 's views as to what we in Bridgwater Want . !!!!
David L Preece
Blue-Owl
Getting things into perspective, I sincerely doubt that the cost to human life, increased congestion, and pollution caused by bikes is up there with cars. Get a grip.
[quote][p][bold]Blue Owl[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]FreeSpeech?[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jamking[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]FreeSpeech?[/bold] wrote: We could make it even safer for pedestrians of the town by teaching cyclists the laws of the land regarding cycling on the pavements, through red lights and out of side roads without looking and I point my finger mainly at men aged 50 and over who think they can cycle anywhere and anyway they please.[/p][/quote]Cyclists need safe infrastructure just like pedestrians do. I don't condone running red lights, just as I don't condone speeding drivers or cars being driven on pavements to park an increasingly common problem,and a criminal offence of course,which forces pedestrians, especially with pushchairs, and wheelchairs into the road. Not to mention the many hundreds of undetected speeding offences in Taunton every day. Pedestrians are killed and seriously injured by drivers, not cyclists.[/p][/quote]Wrong......Many pedestrians are injured and some killed each year by speeding reckless cyclists using the pavements as a highway and most of the culprits are old enough to know better. Bring back cycling proficiency test, make them compulsory to any over 18 and make them have insurance.[/p][/quote]I totally agree with you, as I posted, SCC have an Extra Grant from Trans ?? What Ever they are Named to spend and improve Cycling for Somerset's Cyclists. They the Cyclists need to Lobby the Powers that be to " Spend the Money" not sit on it !!! But remember, those Funds are for the Whole of Somerset !!! not just Taunton. A recent, survey revealed that although, we in Bridgwater, had the Highest number or Cyclist, riding for Pleasure and indeed to their place of Work, in Somerset. Yet, SCC, spend less per Cycle Mile than any other District in the UK. This situation has to be address, now !!!! To much talk talk !! Not enough action, !!!!! I have suggested over many years as a former Councillor for SDC, for a Cycle Network Path to be Instigated on our Wide Pavements @ Broadway, this will cost Minimal to instigate, will keep cyclist, out of the Path of HGV Traffic, has this been adopted, hell no !!! To simple !!! And not Compliant with Taunton 's views as to what we in Bridgwater Want . !!!! David L Preece Blue-Owl[/p][/quote]Getting things into perspective, I sincerely doubt that the cost to human life, increased congestion, and pollution caused by bikes is up there with cars. Get a grip. GoingGreen
  • Score: 0

6:22pm Wed 7 May 14

jamking says...

Blue Owl wrote:
jamking wrote:
duckface08 wrote:
Is the current chaos a forerunner of what traffic would be like if the town centre was pedestrianized with a ban on vehicles?? Just a thought for the future!
Of course you mean motor vehicles. If we made by it safe for people to cycle in Taunton by joining up all the cycle routes and removing private motorvehicles from East St and Bridge St then we'd have a much better town centre. We have to get people out of cars for most short trips just like the Dutch do. Most trips for most people inTaunton don't require a car. If people walked, cycled or used buses for those trips traffic jams would be no more.
We could do it with political will. It would cost a lot less than building new roads!
Why do you Bloody Cyclist who Pay Nothing to use the Highways, want to force us Legally Paying Motorists out of our Vehicles........I pay over the Odds to use my Cars, so I am going to drive them to where and from where I want too..,.. I am fed to the Teeth of Sodding Cyclist, riding without Lights, spicy cling across Junctions, not obeying Traffic Lights. Undertaking Overtaking, any where you decide to.
I would personally make every Cyclist Comply with the Road Traffic Regulations, give the Noddy PCSO the Authority to issue Tickets to Offending Cyclist, the others are ok. Additionally each Rider and the Bike must be Taxed and Insured to use Our Legal Highway, that We Motorist Over Pay to use. And you and your Wooly Brained SCC Cycle Brigade, have £4million to Spend On Sodding Cycle Routes, design and Build them ,so you do not Conflict with us Motorist.
Yes, I am Bloody Angry, Why, because only 2 weeks ago, I had a 12 yr old Lad Cycle of a Blind Junction, from illegally cycling on the Pavement, causing over £200.00 worth Damage to my Jaguar, in Bridgwater, he was lucky it caused him no injury. No I am having to fight to get my damaged vehicle put right, against his parents House Policy. So All Cyclists should be insured, as us motorist have to be to use the Highways......He admitted to his Parents he was in the wrong. As He was !!!
David L Preece
Blue-Owl
Most cyclists are also drivers. It is about choosing the most appropriate transport for the circumstances. Lots more cyclists requires much better safe infrastructure at a fraction of the cost of new roads. Lots more cyclists means fewer traffic jams for those who can't or won't leave the car at home sometimes. Being pro-bike does not mean being anti-car. And we all pay our taxes. I just wish investment in cycling infrastructure was recognised as a very effective jam buster. And if that lad had access to safe cycle routes that collision would probably not have happened.
[quote][p][bold]Blue Owl[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jamking[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]duckface08[/bold] wrote: Is the current chaos a forerunner of what traffic would be like if the town centre was pedestrianized with a ban on vehicles?? Just a thought for the future![/p][/quote]Of course you mean motor vehicles. If we made by it safe for people to cycle in Taunton by joining up all the cycle routes and removing private motorvehicles from East St and Bridge St then we'd have a much better town centre. We have to get people out of cars for most short trips just like the Dutch do. Most trips for most people inTaunton don't require a car. If people walked, cycled or used buses for those trips traffic jams would be no more. We could do it with political will. It would cost a lot less than building new roads![/p][/quote]Why do you Bloody Cyclist who Pay Nothing to use the Highways, want to force us Legally Paying Motorists out of our Vehicles........I pay over the Odds to use my Cars, so I am going to drive them to where and from where I want too..,.. I am fed to the Teeth of Sodding Cyclist, riding without Lights, spicy cling across Junctions, not obeying Traffic Lights. Undertaking Overtaking, any where you decide to. I would personally make every Cyclist Comply with the Road Traffic Regulations, give the Noddy PCSO the Authority to issue Tickets to Offending Cyclist, the others are ok. Additionally each Rider and the Bike must be Taxed and Insured to use Our Legal Highway, that We Motorist Over Pay to use. And you and your Wooly Brained SCC Cycle Brigade, have £4million to Spend On Sodding Cycle Routes, design and Build them ,so you do not Conflict with us Motorist. Yes, I am Bloody Angry, Why, because only 2 weeks ago, I had a 12 yr old Lad Cycle of a Blind Junction, from illegally cycling on the Pavement, causing over £200.00 worth Damage to my Jaguar, in Bridgwater, he was lucky it caused him no injury. No I am having to fight to get my damaged vehicle put right, against his parents House Policy. So All Cyclists should be insured, as us motorist have to be to use the Highways......He admitted to his Parents he was in the wrong. As He was !!! David L Preece Blue-Owl[/p][/quote]Most cyclists are also drivers. It is about choosing the most appropriate transport for the circumstances. Lots more cyclists requires much better safe infrastructure at a fraction of the cost of new roads. Lots more cyclists means fewer traffic jams for those who can't or won't leave the car at home sometimes. Being pro-bike does not mean being anti-car. And we all pay our taxes. I just wish investment in cycling infrastructure was recognised as a very effective jam buster. And if that lad had access to safe cycle routes that collision would probably not have happened. jamking
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7:46am Thu 8 May 14

swjoduk says...

duckface08 wrote:
Is the current chaos a forerunner of what traffic would be like if the town centre was pedestrianized with a ban on vehicles?? Just a thought for the future!
Not quite.

By that time the new road will be open which will help and upper high street, the mount will be both ways.

What should of been built years ago is the Sherford to Killlams distributor road to take traffic from Trull Road/chestnut drive/Shoreditch rd out of town when travelling to J25/hospital/across town.

I certainly would of used it yesterday after visiting my mum and lots of people who work at SCC who park up by my mum too.

Worst queues for me were Compass Hill, park st. I then nipped down the 3rd way/station rd and it was far better
[quote][p][bold]duckface08[/bold] wrote: Is the current chaos a forerunner of what traffic would be like if the town centre was pedestrianized with a ban on vehicles?? Just a thought for the future![/p][/quote]Not quite. By that time the new road will be open which will help and upper high street, the mount will be both ways. What should of been built years ago is the Sherford to Killlams distributor road to take traffic from Trull Road/chestnut drive/Shoreditch rd out of town when travelling to J25/hospital/across town. I certainly would of used it yesterday after visiting my mum and lots of people who work at SCC who park up by my mum too. Worst queues for me were Compass Hill, park st. I then nipped down the 3rd way/station rd and it was far better swjoduk
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