Still no A120 roundabout revamp

Halstead Gazette: Still no A120 roundabout revamp Still no A120 roundabout revamp

LONG-AWAITED improvements to a poorly-designed roundabout are still on hold – despite being ten months late.

Road markings, signs and cycle paths at the A120 Marks Farm roundabout, in Braintree, were due to be changed last spring.

But the Highways Agency said traffic flow data showed the changes would not have the desired effect.

Since then, it has been working on another road marking layout.

The agency has also said a second, much larger scheme, is needed to reduce queues at the roundabout.

But plans are yet to be published and it is not clear how they will be paid for. Work on the roundabout began in October 2011 and was funded by Tesco as part of an agreement allowing it to extend its store next to the roundabout.

But less than 12 months later, the Highways Agency said the roundabout must be changed again, due to safety concerns and traffic jams on the A131 approach, and began looking at other designs.

A spokesman said: “The Highways Agency is working closely with Tesco and Essex County Council to develop this longerterm scheme and further details will be publicised once this has been developed.

“Meanwhile, the agency is working with Tesco to develop a short-term solution to address safety concerns.

“This involves changes to road signs and road markings to improve how traffic moves through the junction. Tesco will be paying for the scheme to change road signs and markings.”

A new economic impact study showing the need to improve the whole of the A120 is also due to be published. The report, commissioned by the Haven Gateway Partnership, is expected to be used in the bid to gain Government funding for the scheme.

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1:50pm Mon 6 Jan 14

The Stinker Returns says...

Possibly the worst place to drive in the county. I queued almost right back to High Garrett a couple of Saturday afternoons back. There was no special problem, just too much traffic using one very poorly designed roundabout. I used to live very close to the roundabout and the number of accidents that happened there was unbelievable. And they are talking about putting more houses on the A120 - really?
Possibly the worst place to drive in the county. I queued almost right back to High Garrett a couple of Saturday afternoons back. There was no special problem, just too much traffic using one very poorly designed roundabout. I used to live very close to the roundabout and the number of accidents that happened there was unbelievable. And they are talking about putting more houses on the A120 - really? The Stinker Returns
  • Score: 4

2:12pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Scoot says...

Unless something physical is put in the drivers way or the police do a 'blitz' every so often it doesn't matter how much white paint or signage highways put up, you will always get the idiots ignoring it . Look at Clinghoe Hill in Colchester, loads of white arrows and signs but some people still sit in the right hand lane to turn left ! There again I suppose its better than the Greenstead lot who go on the wrong side of the mini roundabout when going straight on as opposed to going over it or even attempting to go round it.
Unless something physical is put in the drivers way or the police do a 'blitz' every so often it doesn't matter how much white paint or signage highways put up, you will always get the idiots ignoring it . Look at Clinghoe Hill in Colchester, loads of white arrows and signs but some people still sit in the right hand lane to turn left ! There again I suppose its better than the Greenstead lot who go on the wrong side of the mini roundabout when going straight on as opposed to going over it or even attempting to go round it. Scoot
  • Score: 4

4:14pm Mon 6 Jan 14

The Stinker Returns says...

The problem with the current layout if that there are three lanes going into the roundabout when approaching from the South but not enough room for three cars to be on the roundabout at the same time. Also, everyone drives very aggressively at the roundabout (because if you dither you'll never get out) and this causes others to make bad decisions. Goodness knows how they will fix it.
The problem with the current layout if that there are three lanes going into the roundabout when approaching from the South but not enough room for three cars to be on the roundabout at the same time. Also, everyone drives very aggressively at the roundabout (because if you dither you'll never get out) and this causes others to make bad decisions. Goodness knows how they will fix it. The Stinker Returns
  • Score: 2

4:19pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Ritchie_Hicks says...

Scoot wrote:
Unless something physical is put in the drivers way or the police do a 'blitz' every so often it doesn't matter how much white paint or signage highways put up, you will always get the idiots ignoring it . Look at Clinghoe Hill in Colchester, loads of white arrows and signs but some people still sit in the right hand lane to turn left ! There again I suppose its better than the Greenstead lot who go on the wrong side of the mini roundabout when going straight on as opposed to going over it or even attempting to go round it.
Correct. Clinghoe his is a great example. Not only do they go left, but some go left again and then straight over at the Tesco roundabout. Morons!
[quote][p][bold]Scoot[/bold] wrote: Unless something physical is put in the drivers way or the police do a 'blitz' every so often it doesn't matter how much white paint or signage highways put up, you will always get the idiots ignoring it . Look at Clinghoe Hill in Colchester, loads of white arrows and signs but some people still sit in the right hand lane to turn left ! There again I suppose its better than the Greenstead lot who go on the wrong side of the mini roundabout when going straight on as opposed to going over it or even attempting to go round it.[/p][/quote]Correct. Clinghoe his is a great example. Not only do they go left, but some go left again and then straight over at the Tesco roundabout. Morons! Ritchie_Hicks
  • Score: 1

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