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Flooding disruption across Worcestershire: Live

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Worcestershire is facing disruption this morning

  • Roads are closed across the county
  • Monday morning commuters facing delays
  • Schools look set to close
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  • Comments


    denon 6:58am Mon 10 Feb 14

    suspend the severn trent work on Bath Road immediately

    Score: 5
    welshpricey 9:54am Mon 10 Feb 14

    If it makes anyone else feel any better I had no issues in getting from High Green to Tewkesbury this morning!!! #easyjourney

    Score: 0
    brooksider 10:19am Mon 10 Feb 14

    The gridlock created by the closure of the bridge proves that a fully functioning ring road around Worcester is necessary.

    Why doesn't Worcestershire County Council agree?

    Score: 1
    sjw2511 10:26am Mon 10 Feb 14

    I made this post on the FB page too, so apologies to those who have to read it twice, but I want to make a point!

    My points is what about those who have vehicle capable of traversing the water in town? This morning I was turned away by police, who in all fairness were just doing their job, who said that I would get through in my vehicle fine but they weren't allowed to let me through as they'd been told not to. Surely we should be afforded the privellage of being able to access places if we have the means?

    Not only would I be able to get to where id want to go if certain vehicles were allowed to go through it would go some way to easing congestion elsewhere!

    I can appreciate they don't want people getting stuck but some people do have some common sense, yes I know its not a given in this day and age, and can judge when something is passable in suitable vehicles!

    Score: -10
    Pomygranit 10:49am Mon 10 Feb 14

    brooksider wrote…


    The gridlock created by the closure of the bridge proves that a fully functioning ring road around Worcester is necessary.

    Why doesn't Worcestershire County Council agree?

    Could not agree more, problem is MHDC are likely to grant planning permission on the land where the road would go.
    Due to our councillors inability to agree a development plan this is likely to go through therefore ending the possibility of a ring road.
    I am sure the Tories in Claines will be happy

    Score: 0
    Hwicce 10:53am Mon 10 Feb 14

    sjw2511 wrote…


    I made this post on the FB page too, so apologies to those who have to read it twice, but I want to make a point!

    My points is what about those who have vehicle capable of traversing the water in town? This morning I was turned away by police, who in all fairness were just doing their job, who said that I would get through in my vehicle fine but they weren't allowed to let me through as they'd been told not to. Surely we should be afforded the privellage of being able to access places if we have the means?

    Not only would I be able to get to where id want to go if certain vehicles were allowed to go through it would go some way to easing congestion elsewhere!

    I can appreciate they don't want people getting stuck but some people do have some common sense, yes I know its not a given in this day and age, and can judge when something is passable in suitable vehicles!

    As a variation on this (also previously asked but no response).

    Why is the outbound route across the bridge closed when Bridge Street and New Road aren't flooded?

    The "powers that be" seem to have a massive credibility problem that they aren't addressing with what their decisions are based on. As long as they keep trotting out "safety" without any facts to back it up they will come across as a complete set of incompetents.

    Who's actual decision is it to open or close the road, or are they all going to hide behind the "Silver Tactical Group" flannel?

    Score: -1
    smithy1977 10:54am Mon 10 Feb 14

    Why didn't the agency this morning open New Road to vehicles and make the 2 road a 2 way system up into Broad street and then through town.

    They obviously new early on that New Road would be open as the Council put free buses on from St Johns to Broad Street.

    I little more forward thinking would of eased the traffic this morning. I understand from a H&S point of view that traffic through north parade was not viable but through Broad Street would of been fine.

    I walked in this morning from Powick and up New Road and didn't need to get my wellies out once!!!

    Score: 0
    Thechopster 11:11am Mon 10 Feb 14

    The weather is supposed to be like this until the end of the week so the powers that be need to address the problem reroute traffic up and down New Road and up and down Bridge Street. It took my work colleague over 2 hours to get from St Johns to Spetchely Road over the Carrington Bridge. The chaos cannot be allowed to continue all week.

    Score: 1
    Pomygranit 11:36am Mon 10 Feb 14

    Thechopster wrote…


    The weather is supposed to be like this until the end of the week so the powers that be need to address the problem reroute traffic up and down New Road and up and down Bridge Street. It took my work colleague over 2 hours to get from St Johns to Spetchely Road over the Carrington Bridge. The chaos cannot be allowed to continue all week.

    My daughter walked into town from St Johns and caught the bus to 6th Form (Spetchley Road) took 45 mins.

    Score: 4
    Hwicce 11:48am Mon 10 Feb 14

    So we've finally got some common sense and the bridge will open for limited two-way traffic at 1pm.

    It seems to say a lot that the info appears on here from the Environment Agency rather than the Council Highways. It says a lot about our problems in Worcestershire.

    Keep up the good work Environment Agency, please try and catch up Council Highways.

    Score: 1
    Jay1981 12:05pm Mon 10 Feb 14

    glad i dont live over the other side of the river thats a fact

    Score: 0
    High Time 12:28pm Mon 10 Feb 14

    Jay1981 wrote…


    glad i dont live over the other side of the river thats a fact

    Which sides that then??

    Score: 3
    welshpricey 12:29pm Mon 10 Feb 14

    Fantastic. Now a major RTA on the a38 at Ryall meaning the road will be closed for several hours. As that is the only route alleviating some of the pressure off the M5 and southern link roads, sooner rather than later is the order of the day. Worcester will absolutely grind to a halt if it is not reopened by rush hour.

    Score: -3
    VertisRob 1:04pm Mon 10 Feb 14

    I live on College Street by cathedral and whole area was blocked off by police, despite the round-about being a safer turn around point than City Walls Road. Arrived home with my new born and a 2 year old for the officer to tell me I wasnt allowed to go the 20 meters behind him to my own parking bay and home and I had to go pay to park some where and carry the kids in my arms in the rain from the bottom of Bath Road.

    Finally walked back and the officers had changed shift, the next one was allowing anybody to go through with a reason.

    Im really not impressed with the way this was planned out and lack of communication, delays and needed Road closures is understandable but an officer stopping someone from accessing their own home with their children, on a road that is not affected by the flooding is just disgusting. Especially when the officer that replaces him works to completely different standards.

    Score: -1
    Hwicce 1:17pm Mon 10 Feb 14

    A Worcestershire County Council spokesman on The Hive: "The Hive will be open to the public from 2pm this afternoon, Monday 10th February. All services will operate as normal although there may be a limited range on offer in the cafe"

    Errrr? Why was it even closed? Are all the librarians out on flood duty somewhere?

    This seems to be the great Worcester farce instead of the great Worcester flood.

    Score: -1
    Moltaire 1:32pm Mon 10 Feb 14

    Hwicce wrote…


    So we've finally got some common sense and the bridge will open for limited two-way traffic at 1pm.

    It seems to say a lot that the info appears on here from the Environment Agency rather than the Council Highways. It says a lot about our problems in Worcestershire.

    Keep up the good work Environment Agency, please try and catch up Council Highways.

    The highways department have shown themselves to be totally and utterly useless. The information from them is poor, the road signs they've put out are inadequate and it seems they were the only ones who were caught on the hop with the rising river levels, only acting on the morning the river levels rose and affected the roads. But should we be surprised? It seems their ineptitude knows no bounds.

    Score: -2
    Ratty11 2:18pm Mon 10 Feb 14

    Anyone know what state the dual tracks / new bridge is in coming from Junct 7?

    Score: -1
    loginthelog 2:21pm Mon 10 Feb 14

    Hwicce wrote…


    A Worcestershire County Council spokesman on The Hive: "The Hive will be open to the public from 2pm this afternoon, Monday 10th February. All services will operate as normal although there may be a limited range on offer in the cafe"

    Errrr? Why was it even closed? Are all the librarians out on flood duty somewhere?

    This seems to be the great Worcester farce instead of the great Worcester flood.

    Hive was closed due to Power failure. Seems fair enough to me.

    Score: 4
    Laura J 2:28pm Mon 10 Feb 14

    Quote: "Hwicce says

    A Worcestershire County Council spokesman on The Hive: "The Hive will be open to the public from 2pm this afternoon, Monday 10th February. All services will operate as normal although there may be a limited range on offer in the cafe"

    Errrr? Why was it even closed? Are all the librarians out on flood duty somewhere?

    This seems to be the great Worcester farce instead of the great Worcester flood."

    The Hive was closed because they suffered a power failure, they have now reopened.

    Score: 3
    Hwicce 2:30pm Mon 10 Feb 14

    loginthelog wrote…


    Hwicce wrote…


    A Worcestershire County Council spokesman on The Hive: "The Hive will be open to the public from 2pm this afternoon, Monday 10th February. All services will operate as normal although there may be a limited range on offer in the cafe"

    Errrr? Why was it even closed? Are all the librarians out on flood duty somewhere?

    This seems to be the great Worcester farce instead of the great Worcester flood.
    Hive was closed due to Power failure. Seems fair enough to me.

    Fine by me as well. Would have been useful if they'd said that though. Also why is the comment appearing in the floods thread, or is that WNs fault?

    Score: -2
    sjw2511 2:58pm Mon 10 Feb 14

    VertisRob wrote…


    I live on College Street by cathedral and whole area was blocked off by police, despite the round-about being a safer turn around point than City Walls Road. Arrived home with my new born and a 2 year old for the officer to tell me I wasnt allowed to go the 20 meters behind him to my own parking bay and home and I had to go pay to park some where and carry the kids in my arms in the rain from the bottom of Bath Road.

    Finally walked back and the officers had changed shift, the next one was allowing anybody to go through with a reason.

    Im really not impressed with the way this was planned out and lack of communication, delays and needed Road closures is understandable but an officer stopping someone from accessing their own home with their children, on a road that is not affected by the flooding is just disgusting. Especially when the officer that replaces him works to completely different standards.

    Must have been the same pair that stopped me driving down there this morning in a vehicle perfectly capable of going through the water, the whole affair I posted above, but they even admitted the vehicle would have got through ok but still wouldn't let me past!

    Score: -3
    Toby Shergold, West Mercia Police 4:09pm Mon 10 Feb 14

    VertisRob wrote…


    I live on College Street by cathedral and whole area was blocked off by police, despite the round-about being a safer turn around point than City Walls Road. Arrived home with my new born and a 2 year old for the officer to tell me I wasnt allowed to go the 20 meters behind him to my own parking bay and home and I had to go pay to park some where and carry the kids in my arms in the rain from the bottom of Bath Road. Finally walked back and the officers had changed shift, the next one was allowing anybody to go through with a reason. Im really not impressed with the way this was planned out and lack of communication, delays and needed Road closures is understandable but an officer stopping someone from accessing their own home with their children, on a road that is not affected by the flooding is just disgusting. Especially when the officer that replaces him works to completely different standards.

    Dear Rob

    Your comment has come to the attention of the command team at Worcester Police Station and they are concerned about the level of service you have received from our officers. We would like you to call the non-emergency number 101 and ask for Chief Inspector Mark Steele at Castle Street Police Station, who would like to discuss this with you further.

    Score: 4
    truth must out 7:11pm Mon 10 Feb 14

    sjw2511 wrote…


    I made this post on the FB page too, so apologies to those who have to read it twice, but I want to make a point!

    My points is what about those who have vehicle capable of traversing the water in town? This morning I was turned away by police, who in all fairness were just doing their job, who said that I would get through in my vehicle fine but they weren't allowed to let me through as they'd been told not to. Surely we should be afforded the privellage of being able to access places if we have the means?

    Not only would I be able to get to where id want to go if certain vehicles were allowed to go through it would go some way to easing congestion elsewhere!

    I can appreciate they don't want people getting stuck but some people do have some common sense, yes I know its not a given in this day and age, and can judge when something is passable in suitable vehicles!

    Stupid and selfish.....I can probably guess what type of vehicle you drive.

    Score: 6
    knick-knack 9:36pm Mon 10 Feb 14

    A northern bridge is needed desperately, not just for the convenience of Worcester folk, but for national strategic reasons.

    We cannot rely on an ancient bridge and traffic traveling through medieval streets any longer. Closed over the weekend and chaos everywhere as the inadequate southern bridge failed to cope with the traffic.

    Only in Worcester would such madness be allowed to happen. We have had 40 years to complete a ring road, and the Claines mafia wins every time, while the other 95% of citizens suffer.

    Score: 2
    Grumbleweed Connection 9:43pm Mon 10 Feb 14

    May I make a point to those owners of vehicles who believe they have a capable vehicle and a right to traverse the flood water? For many years, my property was subject to the effect of flooding from the local road and experienced no ill effect, until selfish drivers decided that their right was drive through (because the vehicle could cope) and wash the lot through my front door and into the lounge...despite the 'Road Closed' notices....a high 4x4 gives you no superior rights and may well indicate your true 'social status'...

    Score: 14

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