Top 10 roads that drive us round the bend in Warrington

Warrington Guardian: Top 10 roads that drive us round the bend Top 10 roads that drive us round the bend

ENDLESS queues, your foot aches from constantly easing on and off the clutch and you're fuming over the cheeky driver who cut in front of you...just a typical day if you have ever taken on the morning or evening rush hour in Warrington. 

In no partiuclar order, here is our top 10 roads that drive us round the bend. 

What do you think? Post your suggestions below. 

Bridge Foot

You have travelled over it hundreds of times but you still don’t know which lane you should be in

Warrington Guardian: Council bosses carry out Bridge Foot 'review'

Winwick Road

Why bother with the speed camera? Have you ever gone above 20mph?

Warrington Guardian: Wineick Road works are set to ease traffic woes

Sankey Way

Get there before 8am or get ready to sit in a queue – for a long time

Warrington Guardian: Road traffic congestion

Thelwall Viaduct

If there aren’t roadworks, there are wind related speed restrictions. And if it is closed, just get the sleeping bag out in the office because you won’t be going anywhere fast

Warrington Guardian: Roadworks set for Thelwall Viaduct

Hall Street, Howley

Helpful to put up a 20mph zone – but is it really possible to achieve that speed in the 50 metres before you reach that gate and brick wall?

Warrington Guardian:

Wilderspool Causeway, Chester Road and Knutford Road – and probably more

Alright most of the time, but not on the hundreds occasions each year when the swing bridges open. Turn off the engine, open that chocolate bar you keep in the glove box and relax. Or if you are lucky, do a seven point turn, get out of the jam and go over the Cantilever

Warrington Guardian: Our top 10 solutions to dealing with the swing bridge problem in Warrington

Higher Lane, Shaws Avenue, Ellison Street, Station Road – or frankly any other street you can think of

You guessed it, pot holes. And you can guarantee the week after they get filled in, another company will come along to repair the gas, electricity, sewers....

Warrington Guardian:

Hawleys Lane

In fairness, it has been fixed now. But go under the railway bridge on a rainy day in the past and you risked your car getting very wet
Warrington Guardian: Hawleys Lane in Dallam was under water

Take your pick of roads in Great Sankey
You’re trying to get from A to B but you’re feeling dizzy after navigating your way around endless roundabouts

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Manchester Road 

A parked car or queuing traffic? Everyone's favourite game on this road

Warrington Guardian: Depressingly familiar sight – traffic jammed up on an Essex road. Submitted picture

 

 

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10:52am Fri 21 Mar 14

warrington_biker says...

"Bridge Foot

You have travelled over it hundreds of times but you still don’t know which lane you should be in"


I always know which lane to be in. Its lane discipline and its also driving with due care and attention.
"Bridge Foot You have travelled over it hundreds of times but you still don’t know which lane you should be in" I always know which lane to be in. Its lane discipline and its also driving with due care and attention. warrington_biker
  • Score: 28

11:08am Fri 21 Mar 14

Rugbychick83 says...

@warrington_biker I would say it's not the regular users of Bridge Foot that are the problem, it's the people who aren't used to it's complex lane system, it's very easy to find yourself in the wrong lane and due to how busy it is struggle to correct yourself.

For me it has to be Winwick Road. In the morning the traffic is backed from town all the way to the exit slips of the M62 and at teatime it's exactly the same in the opposite direction. Then add in the chaos of people trying to get out of the Tesco Express on Hawleys Lane due to the terrible junction planning and barely-visible lane markings.

I have lived just off Winwick Road for over 6 years now and in my entire time of residence here I haven't been able to get in or out of my road without sitting in a queue of traffic, adding time and money to every single journey. Firstly thanks to the major roadworks involved in the Orford Park project and now, barely months after it's finished, the huge upheaval of the retail park extension and works happening on the old Fordton site.

The problem of Winwick Road isn't going to get any better, thanks to the councils brilliant planning it's only going to get worse. The retail park is getting a Morrisons along with other retail units and the Fordton site is getting an Aldi, Costa and a pub. It's not like there isn't enough traffic pulled down that stretch of an already overwhelmed Winwick Road, adding 2 supermarkets and a variety of other shops is going to make it so much worse. You only have to look at the weekend queues to get in Tesco Extra to see that. Not to mention adding a brand new pub on the Fordton site when there are *so many* empty and bordering on derelict pubs in Orford/Longford and Toby Carvery/Ask pubs within a few hundred meters. Not once have us local residents been consulted about these huge changes on our doorstep. But who cares right? The council have the money for the land sale and it's only Longford/Orford after all.

You can bet the money raised from the sale of the Fordton site won't go back into repairing the terrible roads in Orford though. I've already had one cracked windscreen from the appalling road surface on Northway. Callands Road was resurfaced though, despite the fact that it was in pretty good nick and certainly didn't need any major resurfacing works. Councillors don't live in Orford though.
@warrington_biker I would say it's not the regular users of Bridge Foot that are the problem, it's the people who aren't used to it's complex lane system, it's very easy to find yourself in the wrong lane and due to how busy it is struggle to correct yourself. For me it has to be Winwick Road. In the morning the traffic is backed from town all the way to the exit slips of the M62 and at teatime it's exactly the same in the opposite direction. Then add in the chaos of people trying to get out of the Tesco Express on Hawleys Lane due to the terrible junction planning and barely-visible lane markings. I have lived just off Winwick Road for over 6 years now and in my entire time of residence here I haven't been able to get in or out of my road without sitting in a queue of traffic, adding time and money to every single journey. Firstly thanks to the major roadworks involved in the Orford Park project and now, barely months after it's finished, the huge upheaval of the retail park extension and works happening on the old Fordton site. The problem of Winwick Road isn't going to get any better, thanks to the councils brilliant planning it's only going to get worse. The retail park is getting a Morrisons along with other retail units and the Fordton site is getting an Aldi, Costa and a pub. It's not like there isn't enough traffic pulled down that stretch of an already overwhelmed Winwick Road, adding 2 supermarkets and a variety of other shops is going to make it so much worse. You only have to look at the weekend queues to get in Tesco Extra to see that. Not to mention adding a brand new pub on the Fordton site when there are *so many* empty and bordering on derelict pubs in Orford/Longford and Toby Carvery/Ask pubs within a few hundred meters. Not once have us local residents been consulted about these huge changes on our doorstep. But who cares right? The council have the money for the land sale and it's only Longford/Orford after all. You can bet the money raised from the sale of the Fordton site won't go back into repairing the terrible roads in Orford though. I've already had one cracked windscreen from the appalling road surface on Northway. Callands Road was resurfaced though, despite the fact that it was in pretty good nick and certainly didn't need any major resurfacing works. Councillors don't live in Orford though. Rugbychick83
  • Score: 22

11:25am Fri 21 Mar 14

GRUMPY PARENT says...

Seems from that list above South Warrington is doing rather well!
Still Grumpy (looking for at least 50 thumbs down)
Seems from that list above South Warrington is doing rather well! Still Grumpy (looking for at least 50 thumbs down) GRUMPY PARENT
  • Score: 2

11:30am Fri 21 Mar 14

warrington_biker says...

@Rugbychick83 - Completely agree with newbies to Bridgefoot, but it stated "You have travelled over it hundreds of times" - This to me would imply that even regular users get it wrong. :)

As for other roads, the majority of the A49 through Warrington is a shambles. Coming through Stockton Heath, Wilderspool Causeway, Brian Bevan island (at rush hour is almost impossible), followed by Bridgefoot, Mersey Street and then round to Winwick Road.
@Rugbychick83 - Completely agree with newbies to Bridgefoot, but it stated "You have travelled over it hundreds of times" - This to me would imply that even regular users get it wrong. :) As for other roads, the majority of the A49 through Warrington is a shambles. Coming through Stockton Heath, Wilderspool Causeway, Brian Bevan island (at rush hour is almost impossible), followed by Bridgefoot, Mersey Street and then round to Winwick Road. warrington_biker
  • Score: 11

12:29pm Fri 21 Mar 14

grey_man says...

warrington_biker wrote:
@Rugbychick83 - Completely agree with newbies to Bridgefoot, but it stated "You have travelled over it hundreds of times" - This to me would imply that even regular users get it wrong. :)

As for other roads, the majority of the A49 through Warrington is a shambles. Coming through Stockton Heath, Wilderspool Causeway, Brian Bevan island (at rush hour is almost impossible), followed by Bridgefoot, Mersey Street and then round to Winwick Road.
I think some of the regulars on Bridge Foot know exactly what they are doing, just veering all over rather than wait like everybody else. Same goes for Brian Bevan Island.
[quote][p][bold]warrington_biker[/bold] wrote: @Rugbychick83 - Completely agree with newbies to Bridgefoot, but it stated "You have travelled over it hundreds of times" - This to me would imply that even regular users get it wrong. :) As for other roads, the majority of the A49 through Warrington is a shambles. Coming through Stockton Heath, Wilderspool Causeway, Brian Bevan island (at rush hour is almost impossible), followed by Bridgefoot, Mersey Street and then round to Winwick Road.[/p][/quote]I think some of the regulars on Bridge Foot know exactly what they are doing, just veering all over rather than wait like everybody else. Same goes for Brian Bevan Island. grey_man
  • Score: 14

12:42pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Melonfish says...

I'm a cyclist so traffic doesn't bother me all that much tbh. got to say it is shocking to see manchester road backed up each night, all those drivers sat there bored to tears.
I'm a cyclist so traffic doesn't bother me all that much tbh. got to say it is shocking to see manchester road backed up each night, all those drivers sat there bored to tears. Melonfish
  • Score: 4

2:48pm Fri 21 Mar 14

bazza09011946 says...

Take issue about the Winwick Road speed camera......I got caught driving a vintage vehicle which was only capable of doing 41mph flat out ! I managed to achieve 36 and flash the camera ! apparently its quite a prolific cash generator !
Take issue about the Winwick Road speed camera......I got caught driving a vintage vehicle which was only capable of doing 41mph flat out ! I managed to achieve 36 and flash the camera ! apparently its quite a prolific cash generator ! bazza09011946
  • Score: 3

3:35pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Freeborn John says...

On the subject of traffic jams, I know they're very busy, but next time half the town goes into gridlock, would it be possible for a police officer to go and have a look at what's causing it, perhaps even leave his vehicle and keep the odd major junction clear of the muppets who queue right across, stopping traffic flow dead?
The current Police policy of letting it all sort itself out may be cheap, but it isn't particularly effective.
On the subject of traffic jams, I know they're very busy, but next time half the town goes into gridlock, would it be possible for a police officer to go and have a look at what's causing it, perhaps even leave his vehicle and keep the odd major junction clear of the muppets who queue right across, stopping traffic flow dead? The current Police policy of letting it all sort itself out may be cheap, but it isn't particularly effective. Freeborn John
  • Score: 14

5:34pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Nick Tessla says...

Melonfish wrote:
I'm a cyclist so traffic doesn't bother me all that much tbh. got to say it is shocking to see manchester road backed up each night, all those drivers sat there bored to tears.
How about top 10 pavements then?
[quote][p][bold]Melonfish[/bold] wrote: I'm a cyclist so traffic doesn't bother me all that much tbh. got to say it is shocking to see manchester road backed up each night, all those drivers sat there bored to tears.[/p][/quote]How about top 10 pavements then? Nick Tessla
  • Score: 3

7:25pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Melonfish says...

Nick Tessla wrote:
Melonfish wrote:
I'm a cyclist so traffic doesn't bother me all that much tbh. got to say it is shocking to see manchester road backed up each night, all those drivers sat there bored to tears.
How about top 10 pavements then?
well, no because that would be illegal wouldn't it?
[quote][p][bold]Nick Tessla[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Melonfish[/bold] wrote: I'm a cyclist so traffic doesn't bother me all that much tbh. got to say it is shocking to see manchester road backed up each night, all those drivers sat there bored to tears.[/p][/quote]How about top 10 pavements then?[/p][/quote]well, no because that would be illegal wouldn't it? Melonfish
  • Score: 1

2:37pm Sat 22 Mar 14

Snoopz says...

Padgate Lane between Orford Road and Padgate Station should be renamed to 'Pothole Lane'.
Padgate Lane between Orford Road and Padgate Station should be renamed to 'Pothole Lane'. Snoopz
  • Score: 1

4:49pm Sun 23 Mar 14

harrassed69 says...

the picture at the top is not even in Warrington, it's in Northwich Chester Way
the picture at the top is not even in Warrington, it's in Northwich Chester Way harrassed69
  • Score: 2

10:55pm Sun 23 Mar 14

wirefan1988 says...

Brian beven island I believe is the worse constantly having to look left at the a49 to check no is going to cut you up to go down chester road from bridge foot its so dangerous many a time a lorry has cut me up and the road has a big crack on the roundabout close to the a49 northbound which damages your tyres and supension.
Brian beven island I believe is the worse constantly having to look left at the a49 to check no is going to cut you up to go down chester road from bridge foot its so dangerous many a time a lorry has cut me up and the road has a big crack on the roundabout close to the a49 northbound which damages your tyres and supension. wirefan1988
  • Score: 5

11:52am Mon 24 Mar 14

Loafer123 says...

What I'd love to see is cameras on Bridgefoot, like other major towns/cities, that catches the people who block up the yellow hashes. 2pts and a £60 fine should. I've seen the lights change from red to green and back to red again, and I've not moved due to the hashes full of inconsiderate car drivers.
What I'd love to see is cameras on Bridgefoot, like other major towns/cities, that catches the people who block up the yellow hashes. 2pts and a £60 fine should. I've seen the lights change from red to green and back to red again, and I've not moved due to the hashes full of inconsiderate car drivers. Loafer123
  • Score: 6

4:38pm Mon 24 Mar 14

tizman says...

bazza09011946 wrote:
Take issue about the Winwick Road speed camera......I got caught driving a vintage vehicle which was only capable of doing 41mph flat out ! I managed to achieve 36 and flash the camera ! apparently its quite a prolific cash generator !
I got caught doing 35mph !!!!
[quote][p][bold]bazza09011946[/bold] wrote: Take issue about the Winwick Road speed camera......I got caught driving a vintage vehicle which was only capable of doing 41mph flat out ! I managed to achieve 36 and flash the camera ! apparently its quite a prolific cash generator ![/p][/quote]I got caught doing 35mph !!!! tizman
  • Score: -1

12:52am Tue 25 Mar 14

Flapjack33 says...

This town gets so backed up sometimes, the traffic is in danger of disappearing up it's own exhaust pipe, there is no "flow".
I went on a speeding awareness course after getting nabbed at 35 on Winwick Road (it was very late at night!), most of the people in the room were there because of that camera.
Finally, Cromwell Ave on the approach to A49 is appallingly spattered with potholes, possibly due to the high number of HGV's eroding the road surface, so much so, I can feel my steering wheel take on a mind of it's own.
This town gets so backed up sometimes, the traffic is in danger of disappearing up it's own exhaust pipe, there is no "flow". I went on a speeding awareness course after getting nabbed at 35 on Winwick Road (it was very late at night!), most of the people in the room were there because of that camera. Finally, Cromwell Ave on the approach to A49 is appallingly spattered with potholes, possibly due to the high number of HGV's eroding the road surface, so much so, I can feel my steering wheel take on a mind of it's own. Flapjack33
  • Score: 1

2:51pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Kellystad says...

What amazes me is that they have only identified 10 roads in Warrington! There are dozens of roads all snarled up by WBC's policy of 'if it moves faster than 20 mph stop it or slow it down by putting an extra set of lights in'. Oh and then messing about with the sequence of the lights so that you can't get through two sets of lights on green.

Well spotted harrassed69 in that the feature photo isn't even in Warrington. Yet another quality piece of journalism for the Guardian!
What amazes me is that they have only identified 10 roads in Warrington! There are dozens of roads all snarled up by WBC's policy of 'if it moves faster than 20 mph stop it or slow it down by putting an extra set of lights in'. Oh and then messing about with the sequence of the lights so that you can't get through two sets of lights on green. Well spotted harrassed69 in that the feature photo isn't even in Warrington. Yet another quality piece of journalism for the Guardian! Kellystad
  • Score: 1

9:17am Fri 28 Mar 14

ctuk_WA3 says...

Brian Bevan roundabout - the lanes need seperating with crash barriers
Brian Bevan roundabout - the lanes need seperating with crash barriers ctuk_WA3
  • Score: 0

9:18am Fri 28 Mar 14

ctuk_WA3 says...

ctuk_WA3 wrote:
Brian Bevan roundabout - the lanes need seperating with crash barriers
before the spelling police arrest me, I did mean "separating"
[quote][p][bold]ctuk_WA3[/bold] wrote: Brian Bevan roundabout - the lanes need seperating with crash barriers[/p][/quote]before the spelling police arrest me, I did mean "separating" ctuk_WA3
  • Score: 0

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