Trees cut down ready for notorious Southern Link Road works

Malvern Gazette: 20/02/14. Work continues to clear trees along Broomhall Way in preperation for the dualling of the A4440 southern link road. Picture by Nick Toogood. 20/02/14. Work continues to clear trees along Broomhall Way in preperation for the dualling of the A4440 southern link road. Picture by Nick Toogood.

TREES and other vegetation have been cut down ahead of plans to dual Worcester's notorious Southern Link Road.

The £38 million work on improving the A4440 in Worcester to reduce congestion is set to begin in April but some of the preparatory work has already started as these photographs show. Trees and other foliage has been removed before birds nest there so work is not delayed on the project which aims to slash waiting times on the congested bypass.

Peter Blake, head of integrated transport at Worcestershire County Council said: "Work to remove vegetation along the Southern Link Road between the Ketch and Norton Roundabouts began earlier this week. The vegetation needs to be removed ahead of the bird nesting season to enable work to commence on the scheme to improve the Ketch Roundabout with partial dualling towards Norton. Contractors will only be removing what is necessary to accommodate the works and replacement trees will be planted in due course following public engagement on mitigation measures for the Ketch scheme which does not conclude until February 28."

Your Worcester News has previously reported the Ketch island, off the A38, will be doubled in size as the route is part-dualled between the Whittington roundabout and the Ketch roundabout. A railway bridge, owned by Network Rail, which spans the road will also be made wider to allow for an extra lane of traffic underneath. The council says the part-dualling will reduce waiting times by up to 50 per cent, especially for drivers heading towards the M5.

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3:47pm Thu 20 Feb 14

skychip says...

Let's hope it will improve the situation with traffic, only time will tell whether this is good value for money or not.
Let's hope it will improve the situation with traffic, only time will tell whether this is good value for money or not. skychip
  • Score: 1

4:02pm Thu 20 Feb 14

CJH says...

Not even reached the deadline date (28 Feb) yet for submission of comments on the scheme. What was the point in them asking? Always been a done deal regardless of what we say.
Not even reached the deadline date (28 Feb) yet for submission of comments on the scheme. What was the point in them asking? Always been a done deal regardless of what we say. CJH
  • Score: 40

6:18pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Lew Smoralz says...

This scheme will just increase the size of the A4440 car park.

Even a mental midget could work out that there is a bottleneck at the Severn bridge. How will this waste of public money make the traffic move any quicker through the bottleneck?

The whole lot should be sacked for gross incompetence.
This scheme will just increase the size of the A4440 car park. Even a mental midget could work out that there is a bottleneck at the Severn bridge. How will this waste of public money make the traffic move any quicker through the bottleneck? The whole lot should be sacked for gross incompetence. Lew Smoralz
  • Score: 42

6:28pm Thu 20 Feb 14

zrxstreetfighter says...

What will happen to the Ketch Car Boot sale this year
What will happen to the Ketch Car Boot sale this year zrxstreetfighter
  • Score: -15

6:34pm Thu 20 Feb 14

CJH says...

zrxstreetfighter wrote:
What will happen to the Ketch Car Boot sale this year
Do you honestly think that is a major consideration? I won't miss the Sunday morning traffic jams it caused. Now of course we'll have daily traffic jams for a year or more while they fanny about with the 'improvements'. Then when they're finished...even more traffic jams, because as we all know IT WON'T WORK!
[quote][p][bold]zrxstreetfighter[/bold] wrote: What will happen to the Ketch Car Boot sale this year[/p][/quote]Do you honestly think that is a major consideration? I won't miss the Sunday morning traffic jams it caused. Now of course we'll have daily traffic jams for a year or more while they fanny about with the 'improvements'. Then when they're finished...even more traffic jams, because as we all know IT WON'T WORK! CJH
  • Score: 29

7:28pm Thu 20 Feb 14

WilkoJ says...

"enable work to commence on the scheme to improve the Ketch Roundabout with partial dualling towards Norton". So Peter Blake has openly admitted then that despite the so-called public consultation, these works are going ahead regardless of what feedback is received. This is another example of where the highways department supposedly consult when in fact they have already made their minds up. It is clear that the public's views are irrelevant and that they treat us all with total and utter disregard. Their idea of consultation is "this is what we're going to do, we're just telling you". They are bullies, arrogant and uncaring simple as that.

Also, why is that everyone can clearly see that this scheme won't work as well as we're being told it will, but the highways department can't? Are they stupid, ignorant or both? This department needs a major overhaul, with staff not only being named and shamed for consistent, gross incompetence, but sackings need to be made too.
"enable work to commence on the scheme to improve the Ketch Roundabout with partial dualling towards Norton". So Peter Blake has openly admitted then that despite the so-called public consultation, these works are going ahead regardless of what feedback is received. This is another example of where the highways department supposedly consult when in fact they have already made their minds up. It is clear that the public's views are irrelevant and that they treat us all with total and utter disregard. Their idea of consultation is "this is what we're going to do, we're just telling you". They are bullies, arrogant and uncaring simple as that. Also, why is that everyone can clearly see that this scheme won't work as well as we're being told it will, but the highways department can't? Are they stupid, ignorant or both? This department needs a major overhaul, with staff not only being named and shamed for consistent, gross incompetence, but sackings need to be made too. WilkoJ
  • Score: 34

8:49pm Thu 20 Feb 14

WJS1950 says...

Reading some of the comments above, it is beyond total doubt that the highways department really are an utter disgrace. They way they go about things, treat the public, waste our money and continually deliver dangerous and flawed schemes, it really is shocking that they're aloud to keep getting away with it. If this were any other council service or the private sector, there'd have been investigations, suspensions, sackings etc, but it seems the highway engineers are not accountable and cannot be reported to, or investigated, by anyone or a safeguarding body because they don't exist.

We need to start taking matters in to our own hands, we cannot let these people to walk all over us, treat us with contempt and keep delivery one failed scheme after another.
Reading some of the comments above, it is beyond total doubt that the highways department really are an utter disgrace. They way they go about things, treat the public, waste our money and continually deliver dangerous and flawed schemes, it really is shocking that they're aloud to keep getting away with it. If this were any other council service or the private sector, there'd have been investigations, suspensions, sackings etc, but it seems the highway engineers are not accountable and cannot be reported to, or investigated, by anyone or a safeguarding body because they don't exist. We need to start taking matters in to our own hands, we cannot let these people to walk all over us, treat us with contempt and keep delivery one failed scheme after another. WJS1950
  • Score: 11

11:03pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Letterman says...

WilkoJ wrote:
"enable work to commence on the scheme to improve the Ketch Roundabout with partial dualling towards Norton". So Peter Blake has openly admitted then that despite the so-called public consultation, these works are going ahead regardless of what feedback is received. This is another example of where the highways department supposedly consult when in fact they have already made their minds up. It is clear that the public's views are irrelevant and that they treat us all with total and utter disregard. Their idea of consultation is "this is what we're going to do, we're just telling you". They are bullies, arrogant and uncaring simple as that.

Also, why is that everyone can clearly see that this scheme won't work as well as we're being told it will, but the highways department can't? Are they stupid, ignorant or both? This department needs a major overhaul, with staff not only being named and shamed for consistent, gross incompetence, but sackings need to be made too.
The highway bods are stupid and ignorant. An untrained, never mind trained, chimp could to a far better job, and with its eyes closed too. It's time this department involved the private sector, partially or totally. It seems to work elsewhere where highways has been hived off, so it can work in Worcestershire.
[quote][p][bold]WilkoJ[/bold] wrote: "enable work to commence on the scheme to improve the Ketch Roundabout with partial dualling towards Norton". So Peter Blake has openly admitted then that despite the so-called public consultation, these works are going ahead regardless of what feedback is received. This is another example of where the highways department supposedly consult when in fact they have already made their minds up. It is clear that the public's views are irrelevant and that they treat us all with total and utter disregard. Their idea of consultation is "this is what we're going to do, we're just telling you". They are bullies, arrogant and uncaring simple as that. Also, why is that everyone can clearly see that this scheme won't work as well as we're being told it will, but the highways department can't? Are they stupid, ignorant or both? This department needs a major overhaul, with staff not only being named and shamed for consistent, gross incompetence, but sackings need to be made too.[/p][/quote]The highway bods are stupid and ignorant. An untrained, never mind trained, chimp could to a far better job, and with its eyes closed too. It's time this department involved the private sector, partially or totally. It seems to work elsewhere where highways has been hived off, so it can work in Worcestershire. Letterman
  • Score: -1

1:18am Fri 21 Feb 14

Jabbadad says...

Don't blame the highways Bods look at those who are agreeing these Mad Cap schemes, they are our Mad Cap politicians at County Hall.
Wonder what there policies would be if they were made responsible for the mistakes they make. They are a sad bunch of idiots costing taxpayers over £880,000 per year in travel and attendance allowances. Nice job if you can get it.
Don't blame the highways Bods look at those who are agreeing these Mad Cap schemes, they are our Mad Cap politicians at County Hall. Wonder what there policies would be if they were made responsible for the mistakes they make. They are a sad bunch of idiots costing taxpayers over £880,000 per year in travel and attendance allowances. Nice job if you can get it. Jabbadad
  • Score: 0

7:20am Fri 21 Feb 14

MrWXYZ says...

I thought the same as some of the comments when I started reading it - so much for consultation period if they are going to start anyway.
But if you read down there is rationale behind what they have done. Plenty of people would be quick to moan if the roadwork period got extended because of nesting birds - why didnt they clear the trees earlier in the year.....
The scheme has gone so far its almost certain to go ahead in some form anyway. I'm not an expert in the process but imagine any outcome of the consultation is more likely to be fine tuning of the plans
I thought the same as some of the comments when I started reading it - so much for consultation period if they are going to start anyway. But if you read down there is rationale behind what they have done. Plenty of people would be quick to moan if the roadwork period got extended because of nesting birds - why didnt they clear the trees earlier in the year..... The scheme has gone so far its almost certain to go ahead in some form anyway. I'm not an expert in the process but imagine any outcome of the consultation is more likely to be fine tuning of the plans MrWXYZ
  • Score: 13

8:41am Fri 21 Feb 14

High Time says...

WJS1950 wrote:
Reading some of the comments above, it is beyond total doubt that the highways department really are an utter disgrace. They way they go about things, treat the public, waste our money and continually deliver dangerous and flawed schemes, it really is shocking that they're aloud to keep getting away with it. If this were any other council service or the private sector, there'd have been investigations, suspensions, sackings etc, but it seems the highway engineers are not accountable and cannot be reported to, or investigated, by anyone or a safeguarding body because they don't exist.

We need to start taking matters in to our own hands, we cannot let these people to walk all over us, treat us with contempt and keep delivery one failed scheme after another.
And how do you suggest we start taking matters in to our own hands?
[quote][p][bold]WJS1950[/bold] wrote: Reading some of the comments above, it is beyond total doubt that the highways department really are an utter disgrace. They way they go about things, treat the public, waste our money and continually deliver dangerous and flawed schemes, it really is shocking that they're aloud to keep getting away with it. If this were any other council service or the private sector, there'd have been investigations, suspensions, sackings etc, but it seems the highway engineers are not accountable and cannot be reported to, or investigated, by anyone or a safeguarding body because they don't exist. We need to start taking matters in to our own hands, we cannot let these people to walk all over us, treat us with contempt and keep delivery one failed scheme after another.[/p][/quote]And how do you suggest we start taking matters in to our own hands? High Time
  • Score: -4

9:42am Fri 21 Feb 14

alanquattro says...

My blackbirds have been building a nest for over a week now, this might have been a bit late for them. I also see the blue tits in and out of the boxes.
My blackbirds have been building a nest for over a week now, this might have been a bit late for them. I also see the blue tits in and out of the boxes. alanquattro
  • Score: -6

12:26pm Fri 21 Feb 14

melt12 says...

The partial dualling will cause chaos. People will drive up the outside lane and then when it reverts back to single carriageway try to cut in. Meaning the build up of traffic is just being moved not solved. How many minor collisions will there be in the first few months? They are creating a hazzardous situation and don't seem to be listening to peoples concerns. What a diabolical waste of money. Bankers who waste money get jailed!
The partial dualling will cause chaos. People will drive up the outside lane and then when it reverts back to single carriageway try to cut in. Meaning the build up of traffic is just being moved not solved. How many minor collisions will there be in the first few months? They are creating a hazzardous situation and don't seem to be listening to peoples concerns. What a diabolical waste of money. Bankers who waste money get jailed! melt12
  • Score: 10

2:07pm Fri 21 Feb 14

CJH says...

High Time wrote:
WJS1950 wrote:
Reading some of the comments above, it is beyond total doubt that the highways department really are an utter disgrace. They way they go about things, treat the public, waste our money and continually deliver dangerous and flawed schemes, it really is shocking that they're aloud to keep getting away with it. If this were any other council service or the private sector, there'd have been investigations, suspensions, sackings etc, but it seems the highway engineers are not accountable and cannot be reported to, or investigated, by anyone or a safeguarding body because they don't exist.

We need to start taking matters in to our own hands, we cannot let these people to walk all over us, treat us with contempt and keep delivery one failed scheme after another.
And how do you suggest we start taking matters in to our own hands?
I know the words to Les Miserables. Anyone got a barricade?
[quote][p][bold]High Time[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]WJS1950[/bold] wrote: Reading some of the comments above, it is beyond total doubt that the highways department really are an utter disgrace. They way they go about things, treat the public, waste our money and continually deliver dangerous and flawed schemes, it really is shocking that they're aloud to keep getting away with it. If this were any other council service or the private sector, there'd have been investigations, suspensions, sackings etc, but it seems the highway engineers are not accountable and cannot be reported to, or investigated, by anyone or a safeguarding body because they don't exist. We need to start taking matters in to our own hands, we cannot let these people to walk all over us, treat us with contempt and keep delivery one failed scheme after another.[/p][/quote]And how do you suggest we start taking matters in to our own hands?[/p][/quote]I know the words to Les Miserables. Anyone got a barricade? CJH
  • Score: 3

3:35pm Fri 21 Feb 14

nicki1967 says...

We need more trees and vegetation not less. Do they not realise that trees, shrubs and other vegetation absorb an awful lot of water, therefore helping combat against flooding.
We need more trees and vegetation not less. Do they not realise that trees, shrubs and other vegetation absorb an awful lot of water, therefore helping combat against flooding. nicki1967
  • Score: 7

3:40pm Fri 21 Feb 14

MrWXYZ says...

melt12 wrote:
The partial dualling will cause chaos. People will drive up the outside lane and then when it reverts back to single carriageway try to cut in. Meaning the build up of traffic is just being moved not solved. How many minor collisions will there be in the first few months? They are creating a hazzardous situation and don't seem to be listening to peoples concerns. What a diabolical waste of money. Bankers who waste money get jailed!
i agree on what will happen re stuff cutting in.
The rational i guess is to move stuff over the roundabout quicker and clear that bottleneck off the roundabout. 2 lanes = 2 cars getting through a small gap not one. To be fair it worked turning right at whittington going up the hill - but even with 2 lanes going right round you have to be aware of people just cutting across you on the exit.
I suspect it will improve the flow to some degree - but create aggresive driving, near misses and worse petrol consumption as a penalty. But hopefully thats a shorter term issue if they can dual the whole lot from powick to whittington (and complete the link road as well).
[quote][p][bold]melt12[/bold] wrote: The partial dualling will cause chaos. People will drive up the outside lane and then when it reverts back to single carriageway try to cut in. Meaning the build up of traffic is just being moved not solved. How many minor collisions will there be in the first few months? They are creating a hazzardous situation and don't seem to be listening to peoples concerns. What a diabolical waste of money. Bankers who waste money get jailed![/p][/quote]i agree on what will happen re stuff cutting in. The rational i guess is to move stuff over the roundabout quicker and clear that bottleneck off the roundabout. 2 lanes = 2 cars getting through a small gap not one. To be fair it worked turning right at whittington going up the hill - but even with 2 lanes going right round you have to be aware of people just cutting across you on the exit. I suspect it will improve the flow to some degree - but create aggresive driving, near misses and worse petrol consumption as a penalty. But hopefully thats a shorter term issue if they can dual the whole lot from powick to whittington (and complete the link road as well). MrWXYZ
  • Score: 4

4:52pm Fri 21 Feb 14

CJH says...

MrWXYZ wrote:
melt12 wrote:
The partial dualling will cause chaos. People will drive up the outside lane and then when it reverts back to single carriageway try to cut in. Meaning the build up of traffic is just being moved not solved. How many minor collisions will there be in the first few months? They are creating a hazzardous situation and don't seem to be listening to peoples concerns. What a diabolical waste of money. Bankers who waste money get jailed!
i agree on what will happen re stuff cutting in.
The rational i guess is to move stuff over the roundabout quicker and clear that bottleneck off the roundabout. 2 lanes = 2 cars getting through a small gap not one. To be fair it worked turning right at whittington going up the hill - but even with 2 lanes going right round you have to be aware of people just cutting across you on the exit.
I suspect it will improve the flow to some degree - but create aggresive driving, near misses and worse petrol consumption as a penalty. But hopefully thats a shorter term issue if they can dual the whole lot from powick to whittington (and complete the link road as well).
That's exactly what happens coming down to the Norton Island - there was a near miss this morning when someone tried to take a few seconds off his drive towards Malvern. Unfortunately he tried to cut in on a lorry. Squeal of brakes, horns honking. He ended up going round the roundabout twice to get back in. Serves him right.
[quote][p][bold]MrWXYZ[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]melt12[/bold] wrote: The partial dualling will cause chaos. People will drive up the outside lane and then when it reverts back to single carriageway try to cut in. Meaning the build up of traffic is just being moved not solved. How many minor collisions will there be in the first few months? They are creating a hazzardous situation and don't seem to be listening to peoples concerns. What a diabolical waste of money. Bankers who waste money get jailed![/p][/quote]i agree on what will happen re stuff cutting in. The rational i guess is to move stuff over the roundabout quicker and clear that bottleneck off the roundabout. 2 lanes = 2 cars getting through a small gap not one. To be fair it worked turning right at whittington going up the hill - but even with 2 lanes going right round you have to be aware of people just cutting across you on the exit. I suspect it will improve the flow to some degree - but create aggresive driving, near misses and worse petrol consumption as a penalty. But hopefully thats a shorter term issue if they can dual the whole lot from powick to whittington (and complete the link road as well).[/p][/quote]That's exactly what happens coming down to the Norton Island - there was a near miss this morning when someone tried to take a few seconds off his drive towards Malvern. Unfortunately he tried to cut in on a lorry. Squeal of brakes, horns honking. He ended up going round the roundabout twice to get back in. Serves him right. CJH
  • Score: 7

11:11pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Small Town says...

How can the highways/council justify the spend on this road, it's mad. On a bad night it take 15 mins tops (I drive it 5 days a week at 17:30) to travel between the big island at Whittington and the bridge over the Severn, 15 mins. It's hardly the greatest inconvenience in the world siting listening to the radio or a CD.

People need to pop their head out into the real world now and again and try the commute in a big city. "Rush hour", Worcester, really?!?
How can the highways/council justify the spend on this road, it's mad. On a bad night it take 15 mins tops (I drive it 5 days a week at 17:30) to travel between the big island at Whittington and the bridge over the Severn, 15 mins. It's hardly the greatest inconvenience in the world siting listening to the radio or a CD. People need to pop their head out into the real world now and again and try the commute in a big city. "Rush hour", Worcester, really?!? Small Town
  • Score: -1

12:52am Sat 22 Feb 14

Andy_R says...

How much money are the Council are wasting on a sham consultation?
How much money are the Council are wasting on a sham consultation? Andy_R
  • Score: 0

10:07am Sat 22 Feb 14

green49 says...

Here we go again another Highways C****p all this will do is promote more bad aggressive driving and dont forget its the BRIDGE of Carrington that needs widening?
Here we go again another Highways C****p all this will do is promote more bad aggressive driving and dont forget its the BRIDGE of Carrington that needs widening? green49
  • Score: 4

11:40am Sat 22 Feb 14

Redhillman says...

Andy_R wrote:
How much money are the Council are wasting on a sham consultation?
A very good point. As this so-called consultation is meaningless because the highways department are already progressing with this scheme, it'd be interesting to know how much staff time and money have been wasted on something that, clearly, was unnecessary because our views mean nothing. Perhaps the WN could to a FOI request.

Just a word of advice for the highways staff. Next time you're planning another scheme, don't bother with a consultation as it's clear from this and other schemes, you'll just go ahead with whatever you want to do and will simply ignore the people who pay your vast salaries.
[quote][p][bold]Andy_R[/bold] wrote: How much money are the Council are wasting on a sham consultation?[/p][/quote]A very good point. As this so-called consultation is meaningless because the highways department are already progressing with this scheme, it'd be interesting to know how much staff time and money have been wasted on something that, clearly, was unnecessary because our views mean nothing. Perhaps the WN could to a FOI request. Just a word of advice for the highways staff. Next time you're planning another scheme, don't bother with a consultation as it's clear from this and other schemes, you'll just go ahead with whatever you want to do and will simply ignore the people who pay your vast salaries. Redhillman
  • Score: 3

3:57pm Sat 22 Feb 14

i-cycle says...

Andy_R wrote:
How much money are the Council are wasting on a sham consultation?
My thoughts exactly.

Officers admitted at the St Peter's Church 'consultation' that the contract had already been tendered and let so there was very little scope for anything other than minor changes.

More worryingly the design has been based on previous traffic surveys and flows and does not take into account the extra capacity needed as a result of the massive new developments already planned for the area.

Just as with the A4440 on the east side of the City there are real dangers that the new road will make it extremely difficult for walkers and cyclists to cross and enjoy the countryside to the south of the city.

The County have lots of policies purporting to encourage 'active travel' and encouraging more people to use other forms of transport rather than their cars, yet what is planned will form an all but impenetrable barrier that will remain clogged up with traffic and encourage yet more rat running through St Peter's.
[quote][p][bold]Andy_R[/bold] wrote: How much money are the Council are wasting on a sham consultation?[/p][/quote]My thoughts exactly. Officers admitted at the St Peter's Church 'consultation' that the contract had already been tendered and let so there was very little scope for anything other than minor changes. More worryingly the design has been based on previous traffic surveys and flows and does not take into account the extra capacity needed as a result of the massive new developments already planned for the area. Just as with the A4440 on the east side of the City there are real dangers that the new road will make it extremely difficult for walkers and cyclists to cross and enjoy the countryside to the south of the city. The County have lots of policies purporting to encourage 'active travel' and encouraging more people to use other forms of transport rather than their cars, yet what is planned will form an all but impenetrable barrier that will remain clogged up with traffic and encourage yet more rat running through St Peter's. i-cycle
  • Score: -2

5:03pm Sat 22 Feb 14

AlexHanley says...

i-cycle wrote:
Andy_R wrote:
How much money are the Council are wasting on a sham consultation?
My thoughts exactly.

Officers admitted at the St Peter's Church 'consultation' that the contract had already been tendered and let so there was very little scope for anything other than minor changes.

More worryingly the design has been based on previous traffic surveys and flows and does not take into account the extra capacity needed as a result of the massive new developments already planned for the area.

Just as with the A4440 on the east side of the City there are real dangers that the new road will make it extremely difficult for walkers and cyclists to cross and enjoy the countryside to the south of the city.

The County have lots of policies purporting to encourage 'active travel' and encouraging more people to use other forms of transport rather than their cars, yet what is planned will form an all but impenetrable barrier that will remain clogged up with traffic and encourage yet more rat running through St Peter's.
You're right, they haven't considered cyclists or walkers at all. They just looked bewildered when that was asked at the St Peters Garden Centre "consultation" evening. Someone also suggested they might use email, social media or a website to keep travellers informed in real time of delays - especially those from Malvern who have other (far longer but maybe quicker) routes if they know in time. Their answer to that was "if it's really busy we inform Radio Hereford and Worcester" !
As others have said - they haven't got a clue. Apart from the waste of public money and the hours of congestion they will cause us all it's pretty obvious they are intellectually no match for the contractors or the property developers involved, those guys will be laughing all the way to the bank.
[quote][p][bold]i-cycle[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Andy_R[/bold] wrote: How much money are the Council are wasting on a sham consultation?[/p][/quote]My thoughts exactly. Officers admitted at the St Peter's Church 'consultation' that the contract had already been tendered and let so there was very little scope for anything other than minor changes. More worryingly the design has been based on previous traffic surveys and flows and does not take into account the extra capacity needed as a result of the massive new developments already planned for the area. Just as with the A4440 on the east side of the City there are real dangers that the new road will make it extremely difficult for walkers and cyclists to cross and enjoy the countryside to the south of the city. The County have lots of policies purporting to encourage 'active travel' and encouraging more people to use other forms of transport rather than their cars, yet what is planned will form an all but impenetrable barrier that will remain clogged up with traffic and encourage yet more rat running through St Peter's.[/p][/quote]You're right, they haven't considered cyclists or walkers at all. They just looked bewildered when that was asked at the St Peters Garden Centre "consultation" evening. Someone also suggested they might use email, social media or a website to keep travellers informed in real time of delays - especially those from Malvern who have other (far longer but maybe quicker) routes if they know in time. Their answer to that was "if it's really busy we inform Radio Hereford and Worcester" ! As others have said - they haven't got a clue. Apart from the waste of public money and the hours of congestion they will cause us all it's pretty obvious they are intellectually no match for the contractors or the property developers involved, those guys will be laughing all the way to the bank. AlexHanley
  • Score: 5

8:36pm Sat 22 Feb 14

goodygoody says...

How about digging up a few roads and planting trees instead.
How about digging up a few roads and planting trees instead. goodygoody
  • Score: 8

3:34pm Sun 23 Feb 14

liketoknow says...

nothing will work. there's just too much traffic. millions of people still learning to drive. it will just get worse and worse until the fuel runs out. we can all see it nobody wants to believe it.
nothing will work. there's just too much traffic. millions of people still learning to drive. it will just get worse and worse until the fuel runs out. we can all see it nobody wants to believe it. liketoknow
  • Score: -3

9:57pm Sun 23 Feb 14

Jabbadad says...

You should be shouting at County Councillor John Smith Cabinet Member for Highways since it is him, Geragthy and their Tory Buddies who have been making mistake after mistake.
And Coun Smith is from Evesham where there has been a monumental mess over the River Bridge, and the traders are really suffering, but Coun Smith and his cronies are still taking their money
You should be shouting at County Councillor John Smith Cabinet Member for Highways since it is him, Geragthy and their Tory Buddies who have been making mistake after mistake. And Coun Smith is from Evesham where there has been a monumental mess over the River Bridge, and the traders are really suffering, but Coun Smith and his cronies are still taking their money Jabbadad
  • Score: 1

11:44am Mon 24 Feb 14

marthajones says...

This is a travesty of justice, how about spending a (£2m) trying to lobby the EU Parliament & Central Govt to get some regional funding for the Northern Link road instead of trying to spend the surplus budget before the elections.
If you've got 38m to spare how about not slashing bus services or adult care ?
Monster eyed loons gone mad
This is a travesty of justice, how about spending a (£2m) trying to lobby the EU Parliament & Central Govt to get some regional funding for the Northern Link road instead of trying to spend the surplus budget before the elections. If you've got 38m to spare how about not slashing bus services or adult care ? Monster eyed loons gone mad marthajones
  • Score: 12

8:53am Tue 25 Feb 14

F1 Dave says...

You should be shouting at County Councillor John Smith Cabinet Member for Highways since it is him, Geragthy and their Tory Buddies who have been making mistake after mistake.
And Coun Smith is from Evesham where there has been a monumental mess over the River Bridge, and the traders are really suffering, but Coun Smith and his cronies are still taking their money.
You are so right Jabbadad
This Leadership do what they want to do regardless!! only way is next time, vote them OUT!!
You should be shouting at County Councillor John Smith Cabinet Member for Highways since it is him, Geragthy and their Tory Buddies who have been making mistake after mistake. And Coun Smith is from Evesham where there has been a monumental mess over the River Bridge, and the traders are really suffering, but Coun Smith and his cronies are still taking their money. You are so right Jabbadad This Leadership do what they want to do regardless!! only way is next time, vote them OUT!! F1 Dave
  • Score: 4

10:03am Tue 25 Feb 14

worcestersfinest says...

It will never be sorted until a second bridge is constructed for dualling the whole bypass.

As for the comment about trees absorbing the flood water, I'm sure it's possible to plant more!!!
It will never be sorted until a second bridge is constructed for dualling the whole bypass. As for the comment about trees absorbing the flood water, I'm sure it's possible to plant more!!! worcestersfinest
  • Score: 0

1:08pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Dirty-Belcher says...

+1 on the bridge being widened.

Also, a polite message to all those who drive down the outside and spin a 360 round the roundabouts and go straight on. Please realise that you are creating the very tailback that you are trying to avoid by holding up traffic waiting for you to go round the roundabouts. We are all in the same boat, so stay in the relevant lane until such a time that the muppets "improve" things !!!
+1 on the bridge being widened. Also, a polite message to all those who drive down the outside and spin a 360 round the roundabouts and go straight on. Please realise that you are creating the very tailback that you are trying to avoid by holding up traffic waiting for you to go round the roundabouts. We are all in the same boat, so stay in the relevant lane until such a time that the muppets "improve" things !!! Dirty-Belcher
  • Score: 7

2:20pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Old-un says...

Worcestershire County Council's motto is 'Driving Democracy - Delivering Value'. Very little democracy has been exercised here. It may be that the Scheme is just what Worcester and Malvern need; however, starting work before a public consultation has actually finished is a complete waste of a strapped Council's money, and an insult to taxpayers. Councillors with oversight responsibility for this project seem to have gone 'silent and deep'. Perhaps this newspaper would like to challenge on the matter and place the response in the public domain. Not least, Our WN could ask them how much as been spent on this PR exercise - and who authorised it?
Worcestershire County Council's motto is 'Driving Democracy - Delivering Value'. Very little democracy has been exercised here. It may be that the Scheme is just what Worcester and Malvern need; however, starting work before a public consultation has actually finished is a complete waste of a strapped Council's money, and an insult to taxpayers. Councillors with oversight responsibility for this project seem to have gone 'silent and deep'. Perhaps this newspaper would like to challenge on the matter and place the response in the public domain. Not least, Our WN could ask them how much as been spent on this PR exercise - and who authorised it? Old-un
  • Score: 5

9:50pm Tue 25 Feb 14

rod123 says...

Old-un wrote:
Worcestershire County Council's motto is 'Driving Democracy - Delivering Value'. Very little democracy has been exercised here. It may be that the Scheme is just what Worcester and Malvern need; however, starting work before a public consultation has actually finished is a complete waste of a strapped Council's money, and an insult to taxpayers. Councillors with oversight responsibility for this project seem to have gone 'silent and deep'. Perhaps this newspaper would like to challenge on the matter and place the response in the public domain. Not least, Our WN could ask them how much as been spent on this PR exercise - and who authorised it?
Well said Old-un.
Come on Worcester News get your teeth into that!
[quote][p][bold]Old-un[/bold] wrote: Worcestershire County Council's motto is 'Driving Democracy - Delivering Value'. Very little democracy has been exercised here. It may be that the Scheme is just what Worcester and Malvern need; however, starting work before a public consultation has actually finished is a complete waste of a strapped Council's money, and an insult to taxpayers. Councillors with oversight responsibility for this project seem to have gone 'silent and deep'. Perhaps this newspaper would like to challenge on the matter and place the response in the public domain. Not least, Our WN could ask them how much as been spent on this PR exercise - and who authorised it?[/p][/quote]Well said Old-un. Come on Worcester News get your teeth into that! rod123
  • Score: 1

8:11am Wed 26 Feb 14

Sulis76 says...

In 2012 I was informed in writing by someone at Worcestershire county council's highways department that funding for the completion of the ring road had been secured and that works to finally construct the 'missing link' would be completed by the end of this year. I have since been in contact with that person to find out what is happening because from what I can gather from the local press and the council's website, it seems that completion of the ring road will not be happening.

The question is, if funding to complete the ring road was obtained, what has happened? I was specifically told that is funding had been 'ring fenced' too for this scheme.
In 2012 I was informed in writing by someone at Worcestershire county council's highways department that funding for the completion of the ring road had been secured and that works to finally construct the 'missing link' would be completed by the end of this year. I have since been in contact with that person to find out what is happening because from what I can gather from the local press and the council's website, it seems that completion of the ring road will not be happening. The question is, if funding to complete the ring road was obtained, what has happened? I was specifically told that is funding had been 'ring fenced' too for this scheme. Sulis76
  • Score: 4

8:29am Wed 26 Feb 14

Redhillman says...

Sulis76 wrote:
In 2012 I was informed in writing by someone at Worcestershire county council's highways department that funding for the completion of the ring road had been secured and that works to finally construct the 'missing link' would be completed by the end of this year. I have since been in contact with that person to find out what is happening because from what I can gather from the local press and the council's website, it seems that completion of the ring road will not be happening.

The question is, if funding to complete the ring road was obtained, what has happened? I was specifically told that is funding had been 'ring fenced' too for this scheme.
Well, this sounds very intriguing Sulis76! Are you able to say who gave you this information? Perhaps this is something the WN should investigate further with the highways department as it appears that funding and a commitment to complete the ring road was made. It'll be very interesting to know what has happened and why it semes that the ring road will not now be completed, with money instead being spent on an ill-conceived plan to make minor changes the southern link will won't make things any better.
[quote][p][bold]Sulis76[/bold] wrote: In 2012 I was informed in writing by someone at Worcestershire county council's highways department that funding for the completion of the ring road had been secured and that works to finally construct the 'missing link' would be completed by the end of this year. I have since been in contact with that person to find out what is happening because from what I can gather from the local press and the council's website, it seems that completion of the ring road will not be happening. The question is, if funding to complete the ring road was obtained, what has happened? I was specifically told that is funding had been 'ring fenced' too for this scheme.[/p][/quote]Well, this sounds very intriguing Sulis76! Are you able to say who gave you this information? Perhaps this is something the WN should investigate further with the highways department as it appears that funding and a commitment to complete the ring road was made. It'll be very interesting to know what has happened and why it semes that the ring road will not now be completed, with money instead being spent on an ill-conceived plan to make minor changes the southern link will won't make things any better. Redhillman
  • Score: 4

7:48pm Tue 11 Mar 14

larryking28 says...

Never mind widening the road etc get a decent public transport system in place that runs 7 days a week and not just to St Johns or Warndon then maybe people would leave the car at home once in a while.
Never mind widening the road etc get a decent public transport system in place that runs 7 days a week and not just to St Johns or Warndon then maybe people would leave the car at home once in a while. larryking28
  • Score: 3

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