LiveHeavy traffic through Bridgwater

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Summary

  • - BIG delays throughout Bridgwater town centre.
  • - MAIN cause due to lane alterations at Broadway and Penel Orlieu.
  • - TRAFFIC queuing up past Taunton Road

4:10pm

TOM Gill, driving instructor, said: "It's taken us 25 minutes to get from Cornhill to town; something needs to be done because they've killed the centre of Bridgwater with these new lane changes."

 

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5:21pm Thu 28 Aug 14

bygeorge says...

Why have they tried to mend something that was'nt broken?.
Why have they tried to mend something that was'nt broken?. bygeorge
  • Score: 12

5:33pm Thu 28 Aug 14

'tis true says...

As long as the EDF lorries can get through.....that's all that matters surely ?? After all we only live here so we don't matter !
As long as the EDF lorries can get through.....that's all that matters surely ?? After all we only live here so we don't matter ! 'tis true
  • Score: 15

5:42pm Thu 28 Aug 14

MBR Extreme says...

These new traffic islands are supposed to be cycle friendly. But unfortunately if I'm going from Broadway to North street I'm now sandwiched between two rows of cars both going the same way or take the risk of getting knocked off by cars turning left to west street. If I'm going from town to west street I now get cut up and pushed into cars from traffic heading for a traffic island . Nice one planners!
These new traffic islands are supposed to be cycle friendly. But unfortunately if I'm going from Broadway to North street I'm now sandwiched between two rows of cars both going the same way or take the risk of getting knocked off by cars turning left to west street. If I'm going from town to west street I now get cut up and pushed into cars from traffic heading for a traffic island . Nice one planners! MBR Extreme
  • Score: 12

6:36pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Mr_Opinionated says...

The traffic was bad even at 2 o'clock this afternoon. Why can't the flipping council stop sodding about with things that aren't broke and do something that will actually help.... like a southern relief by pass to stop the traffic coming into town in the first place.
The traffic was bad even at 2 o'clock this afternoon. Why can't the flipping council stop sodding about with things that aren't broke and do something that will actually help.... like a southern relief by pass to stop the traffic coming into town in the first place. Mr_Opinionated
  • Score: 12

7:47pm Thu 28 Aug 14

twinkles says...

The traffic lights had gone past their usable life, parts were no longer available to service them, they had to be replaced.
The traffic lights had gone past their usable life, parts were no longer available to service them, they had to be replaced. twinkles
  • Score: -20

8:54pm Thu 28 Aug 14

MARTINI 129 says...

Whats new ? When isnt traffic gridlocked in Bridgwater?
Whats new ? When isnt traffic gridlocked in Bridgwater? MARTINI 129
  • Score: 8

8:57pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Alex@SDA says...

twinkles wrote:
The traffic lights had gone past their usable life, parts were no longer available to service them, they had to be replaced.
So therefore why did they not replace like-for-like instead of fannying around at great expense and re-configure the whole junction?

Just wait until they start at the end of Taunton Rd. The plan there is to reduce to TWO lanes in towards town, then make it TWO lanes out of Taunton Rd. This will be between canal bridge & the traffic lights by the filling station, this will be instead of the current three lanes in & one out.

You ain't seen nothing yet!
[quote][p][bold]twinkles[/bold] wrote: The traffic lights had gone past their usable life, parts were no longer available to service them, they had to be replaced.[/p][/quote]So therefore why did they not replace like-for-like instead of fannying around at great expense and re-configure the whole junction? Just wait until they start at the end of Taunton Rd. The plan there is to reduce to TWO lanes in towards town, then make it TWO lanes out of Taunton Rd. This will be between canal bridge & the traffic lights by the filling station, this will be instead of the current three lanes in & one out. You ain't seen nothing yet! Alex@SDA
  • Score: 6

10:01pm Thu 28 Aug 14

'tis true says...

Alex@SDA wrote:
twinkles wrote:
The traffic lights had gone past their usable life, parts were no longer available to service them, they had to be replaced.
So therefore why did they not replace like-for-like instead of fannying around at great expense and re-configure the whole junction?

Just wait until they start at the end of Taunton Rd. The plan there is to reduce to TWO lanes in towards town, then make it TWO lanes out of Taunton Rd. This will be between canal bridge & the traffic lights by the filling station, this will be instead of the current three lanes in & one out.

You ain't seen nothing yet!
Wow...they can't be serious......imagine the tailbacks right into Petherton and beyond.....laughable
. Why on earth do we need 2 lanes going out of town, all fighting to get back into a single lane once they get to the canal bridge ?
[quote][p][bold]Alex@SDA[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]twinkles[/bold] wrote: The traffic lights had gone past their usable life, parts were no longer available to service them, they had to be replaced.[/p][/quote]So therefore why did they not replace like-for-like instead of fannying around at great expense and re-configure the whole junction? Just wait until they start at the end of Taunton Rd. The plan there is to reduce to TWO lanes in towards town, then make it TWO lanes out of Taunton Rd. This will be between canal bridge & the traffic lights by the filling station, this will be instead of the current three lanes in & one out. You ain't seen nothing yet![/p][/quote]Wow...they can't be serious......imagine the tailbacks right into Petherton and beyond.....laughable . Why on earth do we need 2 lanes going out of town, all fighting to get back into a single lane once they get to the canal bridge ? 'tis true
  • Score: 5

10:26pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Alex@SDA says...

'tis true wrote:
Alex@SDA wrote:
twinkles wrote:
The traffic lights had gone past their usable life, parts were no longer available to service them, they had to be replaced.
So therefore why did they not replace like-for-like instead of fannying around at great expense and re-configure the whole junction?

Just wait until they start at the end of Taunton Rd. The plan there is to reduce to TWO lanes in towards town, then make it TWO lanes out of Taunton Rd. This will be between canal bridge & the traffic lights by the filling station, this will be instead of the current three lanes in & one out.

You ain't seen nothing yet!
Wow...they can't be serious......imagine the tailbacks right into Petherton and beyond.....laughable

. Why on earth do we need 2 lanes going out of town, all fighting to get back into a single lane once they get to the canal bridge ?
Well "Tis True" Think of it this way......... If we were told what they were planning for the Penel Orlieu ****-up, we would have thought the same meaning "What the hell? No way, they wouldn't do such a thing".

Re Taunton Rd I've seen the plans as is all part of the HPC "tweaking" of Bridgwater in order to fast-track the EDF traffic and instead of a decent & proper northern by-pass.
[quote][p][bold]'tis true[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Alex@SDA[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]twinkles[/bold] wrote: The traffic lights had gone past their usable life, parts were no longer available to service them, they had to be replaced.[/p][/quote]So therefore why did they not replace like-for-like instead of fannying around at great expense and re-configure the whole junction? Just wait until they start at the end of Taunton Rd. The plan there is to reduce to TWO lanes in towards town, then make it TWO lanes out of Taunton Rd. This will be between canal bridge & the traffic lights by the filling station, this will be instead of the current three lanes in & one out. You ain't seen nothing yet![/p][/quote]Wow...they can't be serious......imagine the tailbacks right into Petherton and beyond.....laughable . Why on earth do we need 2 lanes going out of town, all fighting to get back into a single lane once they get to the canal bridge ?[/p][/quote]Well "Tis True" Think of it this way......... If we were told what they were planning for the Penel Orlieu ****-up, we would have thought the same meaning "What the hell? No way, they wouldn't do such a thing". Re Taunton Rd I've seen the plans as is all part of the HPC "tweaking" of Bridgwater in order to fast-track the EDF traffic and instead of a decent & proper northern by-pass. Alex@SDA
  • Score: 6

9:37am Fri 29 Aug 14

RustyKnight says...

If they'd built the road from Dunball to Hinkley Point in the first place there'd be no need for half of the ****-ups in Bridgwater because there wouldn't be any more traffic to deal with.
If they'd built the road from Dunball to Hinkley Point in the first place there'd be no need for half of the ****-ups in Bridgwater because there wouldn't be any more traffic to deal with. RustyKnight
  • Score: 10

10:16am Fri 29 Aug 14

The Lodger says...

Just wind down yer window and turn up the volume to AC/DC and 'Highway to hell'. That should ease the traffic!!
Just wind down yer window and turn up the volume to AC/DC and 'Highway to hell'. That should ease the traffic!! The Lodger
  • Score: 0

12:23pm Fri 29 Aug 14

artful280 says...

Has anybody noticed they are actually halfing the size of one of the lanes from the direction of North street to Penel Orlieu. how this is meant to work now i do not know. If a lorry or car caravan or in fact anything wider than normal wants to go straight on it will straddle both lanes creating a hold up. Has anybody at SDC actually thought about what traffic goes through these junctions ?
Has anybody noticed they are actually halfing the size of one of the lanes from the direction of North street to Penel Orlieu. how this is meant to work now i do not know. If a lorry or car caravan or in fact anything wider than normal wants to go straight on it will straddle both lanes creating a hold up. Has anybody at SDC actually thought about what traffic goes through these junctions ? artful280
  • Score: 2

12:24pm Fri 29 Aug 14

artful280 says...

Sorry i meant to say from North Street to Broadway...
Sorry i meant to say from North Street to Broadway... artful280
  • Score: 1

1:24pm Fri 29 Aug 14

grisleyreg says...

We all know this is for the benefit of Edf and not the people of Bridgwater Somerset highways are yet again doing the town a disservice and Sedgemoor council is allowing it to happen without complaint, shame on them.
If Edf are doing the infrastructure on the cheap will the power station also be done on the cheap?
We all know this is for the benefit of Edf and not the people of Bridgwater Somerset highways are yet again doing the town a disservice and Sedgemoor council is allowing it to happen without complaint, shame on them. If Edf are doing the infrastructure on the cheap will the power station also be done on the cheap? grisleyreg
  • Score: 5

1:33pm Fri 29 Aug 14

LookingForLiars says...

Outside the Palace night club. Three lanes going out of town. One turn left into the Broadway, Two straight on into West street, Three turn right into North street. Simple's.
There is lots of room to do this and it won't cost much compared to what they are spending now.
Outside the Palace night club. Three lanes going out of town. One turn left into the Broadway, Two straight on into West street, Three turn right into North street. Simple's. There is lots of room to do this and it won't cost much compared to what they are spending now. LookingForLiars
  • Score: 1

1:57pm Fri 29 Aug 14

the voice of common sense says...

Put in a roundabout instead of all the traffic lights in bridgwater, especially the ones at union street as they are the ones primarily responsible for the grid lock at the cannon junction
Put in a roundabout instead of all the traffic lights in bridgwater, especially the ones at union street as they are the ones primarily responsible for the grid lock at the cannon junction the voice of common sense
  • Score: 2

2:51pm Fri 29 Aug 14

awayswing says...

grisleyreg wrote:
We all know this is for the benefit of Edf and not the people of Bridgwater Somerset highways are yet again doing the town a disservice and Sedgemoor council is allowing it to happen without complaint, shame on them.
If Edf are doing the infrastructure on the cheap will the power station also be done on the cheap?
Remember the old Ready Brek ad "If you want your kids to glow in the dark?" then go and live near Hinkley Point.
[quote][p][bold]grisleyreg[/bold] wrote: We all know this is for the benefit of Edf and not the people of Bridgwater Somerset highways are yet again doing the town a disservice and Sedgemoor council is allowing it to happen without complaint, shame on them. If Edf are doing the infrastructure on the cheap will the power station also be done on the cheap?[/p][/quote]Remember the old Ready Brek ad "If you want your kids to glow in the dark?" then go and live near Hinkley Point. awayswing
  • Score: 2

5:00pm Fri 29 Aug 14

MARTINI 129 says...

Union street ? Im not sure about the thinking there Union Street is like a cul de sac all vehicles are supposed to turn left but of course you get know it all drivers who like to ignore road sign instructions and hold up traffic whilst they turn right and most of those are from the tyre place .As for Union street causing congestion at Cannon roundabout ? you should be looking at the drivers who come across the roundabout and just stop without any thought for other drivers Highways should be putting traffic lights and yellow box junctions there and cameras to fine the ignorant drivers.
Union street ? Im not sure about the thinking there Union Street is like a cul de sac all vehicles are supposed to turn left but of course you get know it all drivers who like to ignore road sign instructions and hold up traffic whilst they turn right and most of those are from the tyre place .As for Union street causing congestion at Cannon roundabout ? you should be looking at the drivers who come across the roundabout and just stop without any thought for other drivers Highways should be putting traffic lights and yellow box junctions there and cameras to fine the ignorant drivers. MARTINI 129
  • Score: 4

8:18pm Sat 30 Aug 14

clivemasbury says...

The person you all need to contact is Harvey Siggs the Cabinet Member at County for Transport,but he never replies,a complete xxxxx,aided and abetted by Somerset Highways Office at Dunball under the control of Lawrence Hackling,County say they have no money,but they have plenty to pay too many staff on high saleries and Councillors expenses.
The person you all need to contact is Harvey Siggs the Cabinet Member at County for Transport,but he never replies,a complete xxxxx,aided and abetted by Somerset Highways Office at Dunball under the control of Lawrence Hackling,County say they have no money,but they have plenty to pay too many staff on high saleries and Councillors expenses. clivemasbury
  • Score: 3

9:36pm Sat 30 Aug 14

'tis true says...

Might be worth contacting HTV and getting them down to film the near misses. They did the same in Bristol where they were fining people for taking a restricted lane that was poorly signed.
Might be worth contacting HTV and getting them down to film the near misses. They did the same in Bristol where they were fining people for taking a restricted lane that was poorly signed. 'tis true
  • Score: 2

6:26pm Mon 1 Sep 14

CeliaMolestrangler says...

With the change in lane layout at Penel Orlieu so that traffic in right lane goes straight on or turns right there is a huge tailback to past Angel Place now.
Who on earth thinks these things up?
With the change in lane layout at Penel Orlieu so that traffic in right lane goes straight on or turns right there is a huge tailback to past Angel Place now. Who on earth thinks these things up? CeliaMolestrangler
  • Score: 1

6:36pm Mon 1 Sep 14

clivemasbury says...

Harvey Siggs and all the unelected,faceless ,backroom BIGOTS in Somerset Highways,they never go out and see their "muck ups"in the real world,they operate in their cocooned little world,the Council has been making serious cuts dur=e to a lack of money,but plenty to pay its large workforce,they need to cut 30 to 40% and then we shall see support for Bus Services as a start.
Harvey Siggs and all the unelected,faceless ,backroom BIGOTS in Somerset Highways,they never go out and see their "muck ups"in the real world,they operate in their cocooned little world,the Council has been making serious cuts dur=e to a lack of money,but plenty to pay its large workforce,they need to cut 30 to 40% and then we shall see support for Bus Services as a start. clivemasbury
  • Score: 2

9:48am Tue 2 Sep 14

artful280 says...

Saw three cars go straight across the Penel Orlieu/West street junction last night. merging with other cars in the correct lane. Near miss Junction is what it should be renamed too..
Saw three cars go straight across the Penel Orlieu/West street junction last night. merging with other cars in the correct lane. Near miss Junction is what it should be renamed too.. artful280
  • Score: 1

3:12pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Alex@SDA says...

Here is a positive on this, and relates in part to Bridgwater fair, for those days, nobody will get it wrong re trying to go straight across the junction to go up West St.

However I can imagine someone from highways taking to trouble to visit B/Water to see what all the fuss is about, and you can bet they will turn up on fair week.

Alex
Here is a positive on this, and relates in part to Bridgwater fair, for those days, nobody will get it wrong re trying to go straight across the junction to go up West St. However I can imagine someone from highways taking to trouble to visit B/Water to see what all the fuss is about, and you can bet they will turn up on fair week. Alex Alex@SDA
  • Score: 2
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