Ketch roundabout plan in Worcester would be 'like a prison', says councillor

The Ketch roundabout will be revamped

The Ketch roundabout will be revamped

First published in News Worcester News: Tom Edwards by , Political Reporter

CALLS are being made to rethink plans to spend £8 million on revamping Worcester’s Ketch island – amid claims the area will look like “a prison”.

Worcestershire County Council wants to double the size of the roundabout in St Peter’s and create a slip lane cutting into a grassed bank next to the residential Begonia Close.

Suggestions are being made that a fence should be erected, following anger from residents, who say removal of the attractive green verge will reduce the values of their properties.

The council says an acoustic fence would help reduce noise from the traffic being brought so close to their homes.

During ongoing talks, the authority has also revealed it is considering planting new flowers along the route, by the new fencing, to make it appear more attractive. 

But Councillor Aubrey Tarbuck, who represents St Peter’s at Worcester City Council, says it could make the landscape worse.

“I think it’s complete rubbish,” he said.

“It will feel like a prison.

“The people around there aren’t happy with the situation and I don’t see how that will solve the problem.

“There is a lot of feeling about this and the county council does have questions to answer.”

His concerns have been echoed by fellow Coun Roger Knight, who has suggested the entire roundabout be moved south, protecting the green bank.

He said: “I have always expected to be shown the rejected schemes that have led to the current one, to help understand why the roundabout can't be located 25 yards to the south and marginally to the west.”

The work is still out for consultation and forms part of a plan to part-dual the A4440 Southern Link Road by 2018.

Coun Simon Geraghty, the county council’s deputy leader, has already said the scheme itself will not significantly change.

He said there are complicated issues which mean the physical location of the lane cannot be changed, including an underground oil pipe.

Peter Blake, head of integrated transport at the council, said: "The council has been working closely with residents to find the best agreeable solution to reduce any potential impact the changes to road layout might have for them.

“The first phase of dualling the A4440 is vitally important to improve things on one of the busiest routes, which approximately 30,500 vehicles use each weekday in Worcestershire.

“This brings benefits for those using the road and, not least, it significantly helps the local economy.”

The project is due to start around April and take 12 months to complete, with the slip-road created for drivers turning left off Bath Road heading towards Norton island.


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11:09am Tue 7 Jan 14

Roger5 says...

Where is the evidence that this slip road near the pilon will achieve anything? (Numbers of cars and waiting times at the junctions would be useful data!)

The congestion is caused in the main by people travelling east/west to and from the Carrington bridge up to/from the M5.

The slip road will only marginally help people travelling from north to south, and these numbers are much lower, so what's the point? Daft and expensive!
Where is the evidence that this slip road near the pilon will achieve anything? (Numbers of cars and waiting times at the junctions would be useful data!) The congestion is caused in the main by people travelling east/west to and from the Carrington bridge up to/from the M5. The slip road will only marginally help people travelling from north to south, and these numbers are much lower, so what's the point? Daft and expensive! Roger5
  • Score: 10

11:25am Tue 7 Jan 14

Andy_R says...

This roundabout will inevitably need to be changed when the Carrington bridge problem is solved, but as the Council have no idea if they will be doing this by widening the existing bridge or building a new one nearby, it's a complete nonsense to make changes there now.

It baffles me as to why the Council are pushing a deeply unpopular change that will only be in place for a few years, and does nothing to address the real congestion problem there which is (as Roger5 says) traffic going in a different direction.
This roundabout will inevitably need to be changed when the Carrington bridge problem is solved, but as the Council have no idea if they will be doing this by widening the existing bridge or building a new one nearby, it's a complete nonsense to make changes there now. It baffles me as to why the Council are pushing a deeply unpopular change that will only be in place for a few years, and does nothing to address the real congestion problem there which is (as Roger5 says) traffic going in a different direction. Andy_R
  • Score: 6

1:21pm Tue 7 Jan 14

CJH says...

I had a copy of the proposal delivered to me, I guess because I'm a St Peters resident. There is a form included to respond with any comments. Deadline for this form to be returned is 28th February 2014. Fair enough, EXCEPT that in the 'When are you going to start building?' section it says 'Site clearance works, to include hedge/tree removal/relocation will need to commence in FEBRUARY 2014' And then utility diversions to commence in April 2014. So, sounds like a done deal to me regardless of what we say. They are going to start it regardless of any comments which may be returned. So why bother spending money having these printed and having them delivered ( by council staff) when all they are doing is paying lip service to the 'consultation' process?
I had a copy of the proposal delivered to me, I guess because I'm a St Peters resident. There is a form included to respond with any comments. Deadline for this form to be returned is 28th February 2014. Fair enough, EXCEPT that in the 'When are you going to start building?' section it says 'Site clearance works, to include hedge/tree removal/relocation will need to commence in FEBRUARY 2014' And then utility diversions to commence in April 2014. So, sounds like a done deal to me regardless of what we say. They are going to start it regardless of any comments which may be returned. So why bother spending money having these printed and having them delivered ( by council staff) when all they are doing is paying lip service to the 'consultation' process? CJH
  • Score: 2

1:31pm Tue 7 Jan 14

PrivateSi says...

Real Direct Democracy - we vote on issues directly, at international, national, county and LOCAL levels... Looks like readers have better ideas, as usual, than The Council...
Real Direct Democracy - we vote on issues directly, at international, national, county and LOCAL levels... Looks like readers have better ideas, as usual, than The Council... PrivateSi
  • Score: 0

4:33pm Tue 7 Jan 14

I'm_not_bitter says...

"Worcestershire County Council wants to double the size of the roundabout in St Peter’s and create a slip lane "

There doesn't seem to be a slip lane on the plans delivered to me? Is this because the whole island has moved towards the housing?
"Worcestershire County Council wants to double the size of the roundabout in St Peter’s and create a slip lane " There doesn't seem to be a slip lane on the plans delivered to me? Is this because the whole island has moved towards the housing? I'm_not_bitter
  • Score: -3

4:36pm Tue 7 Jan 14

I'm_not_bitter says...

Completely agree with Roger5, Andy_R and CJH above! Good points and well made.
Completely agree with Roger5, Andy_R and CJH above! Good points and well made. I'm_not_bitter
  • Score: -2

4:49pm Tue 7 Jan 14

gemma6 says...

I don't understand why they cannot take the addition land needed to increase the roundabout from the land that is not yet built on. At least people buying property there will be able to take the proximity off the road into account when choosing their house.Current residents of St Peter's are having it forced upon them.
I don't understand why they cannot take the addition land needed to increase the roundabout from the land that is not yet built on. At least people buying property there will be able to take the proximity off the road into account when choosing their house.Current residents of St Peter's are having it forced upon them. gemma6
  • Score: 1

9:25pm Tue 7 Jan 14

DarrenM says...

will the slip road suddenly end in a abrupt give way with no right hand visibility, meaning its quicker and safer to go up to the island and turn left left the amazingly designed island improvements further up the link road?
will the slip road suddenly end in a abrupt give way with no right hand visibility, meaning its quicker and safer to go up to the island and turn left left the amazingly designed island improvements further up the link road? DarrenM
  • Score: 1

6:20pm Wed 8 Jan 14

I'm_not_bitter says...

According to the artists impressions the only slip road is from the bridge to town, like there is now.
According to the artists impressions the only slip road is from the bridge to town, like there is now. I'm_not_bitter
  • Score: 0

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