Campaigners meeting to discuss changes needed at "dangerous" Worcester roundabout

Malvern Gazette: (7848051) (7848051)

CAMPAIGNERS hoping to change a "dangerous" roundabout in Worcester will be meeting again on July 23.

Following several crashes at the Whittington roundabout, just off junction seven of the M5, people have been campaigning to get the road layout changed to make it safer for drivers.

Lisa Ventura, who started the campaign and a petition directed at the Highways department at Worcestershire County Council after she was involved in a rear-end collision at the junction in September 2012, will chair a meeting for concerned citizens at The Swan at Whittington, Worcester, on Wednesday, July 23, at 7.30pm.

She said: "There are significant problems with Whittington roundabout, and this will be a great chance for the public to have their say about this junction and to suggest possible solutions before it is too late and lives are lost."

Representatives from the county council have been invited to attend, but Mrs Ventura said they did not attend, any feedback and comments made during the meeting would be sent to them.

The petition, which has attracted more than 500 signatures, can be found online at gopetition.com/petitions/petition-to-change-the-road-layout-at-whittington-roundabout-worcester.html and the Facebook campaign page, which has almost 400 likes, can be found at facebook.com/whittingtonroundaboutcampaign.

For further information, email whittingtonroundabout@gmail.com or call 01905 560207.

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5:14pm Thu 3 Jul 14

uptonX says...

No need for the quotes around dangerous Worcester News, that is proven beyond any doubt and evidenced by new puddles of glass there almost every day.
With Truckfest in Malvern this weekend there will certainly be more as for any left hand drive vehicles and many commercial vehicles that slip road is a trap that forces them to join the main road blind.
The 2007 Corporate Manslaughter act should ensure that when the invetiable does happen those responsible will be prosecuted and removed from office.
No need for the quotes around dangerous Worcester News, that is proven beyond any doubt and evidenced by new puddles of glass there almost every day. With Truckfest in Malvern this weekend there will certainly be more as for any left hand drive vehicles and many commercial vehicles that slip road is a trap that forces them to join the main road blind. The 2007 Corporate Manslaughter act should ensure that when the invetiable does happen those responsible will be prosecuted and removed from office. uptonX
  • Score: 8

5:41pm Thu 3 Jul 14

dropkick55 says...

It's only dangerous if you don't know how to drive.
Then again having been driving around here lately there seems to be many that shouldn't be on the road!
It's only dangerous if you don't know how to drive. Then again having been driving around here lately there seems to be many that shouldn't be on the road! dropkick55
  • Score: -2

7:03pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Sulis76 says...

According to the Facebook campaign page, Worcestershire county council's chief executive has been invited to this meeting, as have Mr Tom Comerford and Mr Roy Fullee who are seemingly the main highways staff from the council who were responsible for the dangerous redesign of the roundabout. I sincerely hope they to the honorable thing and attend the meeting to explain their incompetence over this roundabout in great detail while also being honest and accountable to the public. We know they've made a massive error, it's about time they admitted it and perhaps pay the price for their failings too.
According to the Facebook campaign page, Worcestershire county council's chief executive has been invited to this meeting, as have Mr Tom Comerford and Mr Roy Fullee who are seemingly the main highways staff from the council who were responsible for the dangerous redesign of the roundabout. I sincerely hope they to the honorable thing and attend the meeting to explain their incompetence over this roundabout in great detail while also being honest and accountable to the public. We know they've made a massive error, it's about time they admitted it and perhaps pay the price for their failings too. Sulis76
  • Score: 7

7:03am Fri 4 Jul 14

Hwicce says...

It's not the best design I grant you but isn't that because is stage one of the duelling of the southern link? When they've finished that won't it be a proper bleed lane into a lane of it's own?

And anyway, if you really think it's too dangerous to use then go round the roundabout (not left but round to the right and back on yourself).
It's not the best design I grant you but isn't that because is stage one of the duelling of the southern link? When they've finished that won't it be a proper bleed lane into a lane of it's own? And anyway, if you really think it's too dangerous to use then go round the roundabout (not left but round to the right and back on yourself). Hwicce
  • Score: -4

8:58am Fri 4 Jul 14

Perfman says...

All they needed to do way use traffic light control with correct tod configuration for morning and evening flows. Simple but clear the planners are even 'blank space blank'
All they needed to do way use traffic light control with correct tod configuration for morning and evening flows. Simple but clear the planners are even 'blank space blank' Perfman
  • Score: 0

9:13am Fri 4 Jul 14

New Kid on the Block says...

Hwicce wrote:
It's not the best design I grant you but isn't that because is stage one of the duelling of the southern link? When they've finished that won't it be a proper bleed lane into a lane of it's own?

And anyway, if you really think it's too dangerous to use then go round the roundabout (not left but round to the right and back on yourself).
Dueling on the Southern Link, are they going to use Pistols?

For those who don't understand
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[quote][p][bold]Hwicce[/bold] wrote: It's not the best design I grant you but isn't that because is stage one of the duelling of the southern link? When they've finished that won't it be a proper bleed lane into a lane of it's own? And anyway, if you really think it's too dangerous to use then go round the roundabout (not left but round to the right and back on yourself).[/p][/quote]Dueling on the Southern Link, are they going to use Pistols? For those who don't understand http://www.gingersof tware.com/english-on line/spelling-book/c onfusing-words/dual- duel New Kid on the Block
  • Score: 2

10:09am Fri 4 Jul 14

saucerer says...

Hwicce wrote:
It's not the best design I grant you but isn't that because is stage one of the duelling of the southern link? When they've finished that won't it be a proper bleed lane into a lane of it's own?

And anyway, if you really think it's too dangerous to use then go round the roundabout (not left but round to the right and back on yourself).
The highways department plan to make the road from the Whittington roundabout to the Norton roundabout a dual carriageway, so the slip road built 2 years ago will merge traffic in to the 2 new lanes, similar to that in Powick. However, the imperative word is 'plan' as looking at the council's website, nothing has been approved while funds haven't been obtained, so making this stretch of road dual carriageway remains a pipe dream which could take years or decades to see the light of day.

Anyone with even an ounce of common sense would have constructed the slip road at the same time as a dual carriageway scheme which would then allow traffic to merge smoothly in to 2 lanes. Instead, our incompetent highways department just did one phase without any commitment to the next phase (the dual carriageway of Crookbarrow Way), therefore leaving a slip road that is not only designed to only work with a whenever-it-will-bui
lt carriageway, but is also merges traffic in to one lane and at a ridiculous angle too, therefore causing numerous accidents and making it highly dangerous.
[quote][p][bold]Hwicce[/bold] wrote: It's not the best design I grant you but isn't that because is stage one of the duelling of the southern link? When they've finished that won't it be a proper bleed lane into a lane of it's own? And anyway, if you really think it's too dangerous to use then go round the roundabout (not left but round to the right and back on yourself).[/p][/quote]The highways department plan to make the road from the Whittington roundabout to the Norton roundabout a dual carriageway, so the slip road built 2 years ago will merge traffic in to the 2 new lanes, similar to that in Powick. However, the imperative word is 'plan' as looking at the council's website, nothing has been approved while funds haven't been obtained, so making this stretch of road dual carriageway remains a pipe dream which could take years or decades to see the light of day. Anyone with even an ounce of common sense would have constructed the slip road at the same time as a dual carriageway scheme which would then allow traffic to merge smoothly in to 2 lanes. Instead, our incompetent highways department just did one phase without any commitment to the next phase (the dual carriageway of Crookbarrow Way), therefore leaving a slip road that is not only designed to only work with a whenever-it-will-bui lt carriageway, but is also merges traffic in to one lane and at a ridiculous angle too, therefore causing numerous accidents and making it highly dangerous. saucerer
  • Score: 4

6:27pm Fri 4 Jul 14

St Jon says...

The roundabout is not intrinsically dangerous. The problem is some drivers trying to jump the queue on the slip lane by illegally ignoring the road signs and turning left from the roundabout itself. If the police prosecuted some of these characters for dangerous driving with appropriate publicity then word would get round and the safety might improve.
The roundabout is not intrinsically dangerous. The problem is some drivers trying to jump the queue on the slip lane by illegally ignoring the road signs and turning left from the roundabout itself. If the police prosecuted some of these characters for dangerous driving with appropriate publicity then word would get round and the safety might improve. St Jon
  • Score: 0
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