Traffic nightmare in Warrington shows no signs of easing

Warrington Guardian: Gridlock in the town at rush hour continues to cause problems Gridlock in the town at rush hour continues to cause problems

THE congestion problems that plague the town's roads have caused the rush hour commute for many motorists to become a daily nightmare.

Drivers have been voicing their views on the traffic issues that trigger gridlock in the town, forcing the roads to come to a standstill.

Many motorists have registered their annoyance at the amount of traffic lights in the town while others have blamed the layout of Bridgefoot.

On Facebook, Dave Jackson commented that there are ‘too many traffic lights’ in the town and added that ‘the traffic flows better when the lights break down’.

In Warrington, there are 82 traffic signal junctions and 68 pedestrian crossings.

Winwick Road, which has nine sets of traffic signals on Winwick Road from Cromwell Avenue roundabout to Pinners Brow and three pedestrian crossings, was identified by many drivers as one of the main roads for sparking traffic delays.

But on Facebook, Lesley Flannery claims the road works are the main culprit for fuelling the traffic problem.

She added: “I have to travel down the M6 and the bridge works are causing a nightmare. I understand they have to be done but up to two hours each way is no fun.”

The council has confirmed that the speed restrictions on the M6 Thelwall Viaduct due to the road works have added to the town’s congestion chaos but other incidents on the motorways had also impacted on the traffic in the town.

A council spokesman added: “We monitor the Warrington network as a whole via CCTV, automatic number plate registration, and permanent count sites.

“It is under constant review and we make changes as necessary to minimise delays.”

The three swing bridges on the Manchester Ship Canal in Latchford, Stockton Heath and Walton are also known for causing traffic mayhem when opened during rush hour.

What do you think triggers gridlock in the town? Let us know your views by posting below. 

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5:01pm Thu 15 May 14

Bewseylad says...

You can always tell when those part-time lights at the Cockhedge Island are on as the traffic backs up to Mersey St. They have even started operating them on a Sunday morning. What is going to happen when the Wilderspool site is developed? There is enough chaos with Chester Rd. Wilderspool Causeway and the traffic from Centre Park all converging to then meet the traffic at Bridge Foot from Knutsford Rd. and Town.
You can always tell when those part-time lights at the Cockhedge Island are on as the traffic backs up to Mersey St. They have even started operating them on a Sunday morning. What is going to happen when the Wilderspool site is developed? There is enough chaos with Chester Rd. Wilderspool Causeway and the traffic from Centre Park all converging to then meet the traffic at Bridge Foot from Knutsford Rd. and Town. Bewseylad
  • Score: 9

5:22pm Thu 15 May 14

Daft Bob says...

What causes the traffic. Too many cars, not enough roads. Chickens trying to cross the road.

Strangely though, mornings, as I commute South Warrington to NE, Thelwall seems to take less time now the roadworks are on as the traffic is smoother.

Coming back my route takes me over the Latchford Bridge where I occasionally get caught (Hi to the folks on the Mersey Ferry this afternoon) but my overall journey length never seems much longer as the bridge has held traffic up so once over, the following junctions are all much clearer with shorter queues.

A housemate did an MSc in Theoretical Modelling of traffic flows for computer controlled systems we have. Amazing how many drivers don't follow the highway code rules, like merging in turn (zippering) at the cones just before roadworks, instead there is always some numpty trying to road captain and stop people using the available outer lanes of a carriageway. (You do occasionally see merge in turn signs - should have these on all roadworks). But what amazed me was how just one or two cars blocking other cars (e.g. at junctions, not letting people merge in turn) can make theory fall apart and the whole traffic system grind to a halt.
What causes the traffic. Too many cars, not enough roads. Chickens trying to cross the road. Strangely though, mornings, as I commute South Warrington to NE, Thelwall seems to take less time now the roadworks are on as the traffic is smoother. Coming back my route takes me over the Latchford Bridge where I occasionally get caught (Hi to the folks on the Mersey Ferry this afternoon) but my overall journey length never seems much longer as the bridge has held traffic up so once over, the following junctions are all much clearer with shorter queues. A housemate did an MSc in Theoretical Modelling of traffic flows for computer controlled systems we have. Amazing how many drivers don't follow the highway code rules, like merging in turn (zippering) at the cones just before roadworks, instead there is always some numpty trying to road captain and stop people using the available outer lanes of a carriageway. (You do occasionally see merge in turn signs - should have these on all roadworks). But what amazed me was how just one or two cars blocking other cars (e.g. at junctions, not letting people merge in turn) can make theory fall apart and the whole traffic system grind to a halt. Daft Bob
  • Score: 8

6:47am Sat 17 May 14

tojahejome says...

Many drivers themselves can be blamed for the congestion. Time and time again you can be waiting at lights, the light go from Red to Amber, does anyone get ready to move? No they don't and they wait for green before they even consider getting ready. Then there is the stop/start technology, again start your engines on amber. As for the people who are constantly monitoring the problem, sack them because they are doing an awful job
Many drivers themselves can be blamed for the congestion. Time and time again you can be waiting at lights, the light go from Red to Amber, does anyone get ready to move? No they don't and they wait for green before they even consider getting ready. Then there is the stop/start technology, again start your engines on amber. As for the people who are constantly monitoring the problem, sack them because they are doing an awful job tojahejome
  • Score: -2

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