Drivers snarled up by double whammy

Worcester News: FAMILIAR STORY: National Grid roadworks in the Tything, Worcester (15012010) FAMILIAR STORY: National Grid roadworks in the Tything, Worcester (15012010)

EXISTING roadworks and back-to-school traffic have left Worcester city centre roads heavily congested this week.

Bumper-to-bumper conditions were experienced at times on Tuesday, with people travelling on Bath Road, City Walls Road, London Road and the Tything particularly affected.

Jon Fraser, highways manager at Worcestershire County Council, says the higher volume of school traffic may have taken some motorists by surprise and combined with continuing roadworks to create the busy road conditions.

He said: “There was nothing out of the ordinary but it could have been a knock-on from the gas work on the Tything and it was also the day that most schools went back after the Easter holidays.

“That would account for most of the traffic on the roads and there is nothing else we are aware of in the city centre.”

National Grid is working to replace old metal gas mains with new, harder-wearing plastic mains on the Tything, which has seen the introduction of temporary traffic lights at the junction with Castle Street, St Mary’s Street and Foregate Street.

Work on the £100,000 project is expected to be completed by Friday, May 4, when work to replace lighting on Worcester Bridge will continue.

Anyone travelling across the bridge between 9am and 4.30pm can expect slower journey times, with a single lane due to be closed to vehicles heading from Hylton Road and Tybridge Street into the city centre.

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12:39pm Thu 19 Apr 12

batchelorboy says...

"Jon Fraser, highways manager at Worcestershire County Council, says the higher volume of school traffic may have taken some motorists by surprise..."

Yeah, OK! More like the fact that the roadworks couldn't be completed within the two weeks of the school holidays came as a surprise.

And why can't the work on the bridge be done at night when there is less traffic?
"Jon Fraser, highways manager at Worcestershire County Council, says the higher volume of school traffic may have taken some motorists by surprise..." Yeah, OK! More like the fact that the roadworks couldn't be completed within the two weeks of the school holidays came as a surprise. And why can't the work on the bridge be done at night when there is less traffic? batchelorboy

1:48pm Thu 19 Apr 12

orla nutting says...

I suppose it's too much to ask of the council to fix the appalling state of the paving flags on the bridge whilst they're disrupting traffic for the new lighting. Most folks experience of the bridge is not the lighting below but the poor paving surface. I guess the improved lighting is to give the ducks a better view of us tripping over on the slabs at night.
I suppose it's too much to ask of the council to fix the appalling state of the paving flags on the bridge whilst they're disrupting traffic for the new lighting. Most folks experience of the bridge is not the lighting below but the poor paving surface. I guess the improved lighting is to give the ducks a better view of us tripping over on the slabs at night. orla nutting

3:51pm Thu 19 Apr 12

WilkoJ says...

Another example of incompetence from the highways department when it comes to managing roadworks, and the road network in general. They couldn't organise the proverbial in a brewery.

Stories on errors and foul-ups emanating from this department are constant, like a sausage machine, which can only suggest that incompetence is actually inherrent in highways staff and must be a qualifying trait.

Their mismanagement impacts hugely on businesses and the daily lives of the innocent tax-payer, yet either they do not realise this or they simply do not care due to their arrogance. They seem more interested in how many numbers appear of their wage slips.
Another example of incompetence from the highways department when it comes to managing roadworks, and the road network in general. They couldn't organise the proverbial in a brewery. Stories on errors and foul-ups emanating from this department are constant, like a sausage machine, which can only suggest that incompetence is actually inherrent in highways staff and must be a qualifying trait. Their mismanagement impacts hugely on businesses and the daily lives of the innocent tax-payer, yet either they do not realise this or they simply do not care due to their arrogance. They seem more interested in how many numbers appear of their wage slips. WilkoJ

7:10pm Thu 19 Apr 12

Captain Thrap says...

Be fair with your comments against the highways department, they didn't give the planning for a city centre Asda store. Rumour has it that the snarl up was from people going shopping on their way to and from work
Be fair with your comments against the highways department, they didn't give the planning for a city centre Asda store. Rumour has it that the snarl up was from people going shopping on their way to and from work Captain Thrap

8:18pm Thu 19 Apr 12

gmoore1207 says...

you people that complain about worcester traffic you want to try driving in london most of it is like a car park
you people that complain about worcester traffic you want to try driving in london most of it is like a car park gmoore1207

8:58pm Thu 19 Apr 12

Jeremy Pitt says...

I much prefer driving in London to Worcester, the traffic keeps going most of the time. You just need to be assertive. And the added value is that the petrol is cheaper!!
I much prefer driving in London to Worcester, the traffic keeps going most of the time. You just need to be assertive. And the added value is that the petrol is cheaper!! Jeremy Pitt

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