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Motorists' anger at Bridge Foot changes
2:30pm Monday 17th September 2012 in News
MOTORISTS are angry about changes to lane markings on one of Warrington’s busiest islands.
Work has been carried out overnight during the past week to change the lanes for traffic travelling over Bridge Foot in the centre of town.
Council bosses say the changes have been brought in to ‘improve traffic flow’ in the area.
But motorists have flooded the Warrington Guardian switchboard with complaints saying the alterations could cause accidents.
The most controversial area seems to be heading to the island from Wilson Pattern Street, with both inside lanes directing drivers down Mersey Street, and only the outside lane for those wanting to travel to south Warrington.
Stephen Moorfield, from Old Hall, said: “Would the council official or highways person who has come up with the new road markings at Bridge Foot roundabout please step forward and explain the maths for us?
“We now have two lanes servicing the two lane road of Mersey Street.
“However this means the outside lane passing the Guardian offices now services the retail park, the Knutsford Road exit and the two lanes for Stockton Heath and Chester Road.
“I would say at least four times as much traffic using that junction goes off to four exits than go down Mersey Street and it is now being forced into one lane.”
And another driver, who did not want to be named, said he had been cut up ‘three of four’ times since the changes came in.
He added: “There will be an accident on there without doubt.”
A spokesman for the council said the work is ongoing and that signs will be put up to make drivers aware of the changes.
They added that the changes were designed to ‘improve traffic flow’.