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Council bosses carry out Bridge Foot 'review'
1:00pm Wednesday 26th September 2012 in News
HIGHWAYS chiefs say they will ‘review’ the controversial changes to Bridge Foot roundabout which has caused misery to motorists.
As reported in last week’s Warrington Guardian, drivers have been left stuck in queues of more than half an hour while they wait to travel to the south of the town.
Changes in lane priorities for motorists heading to Latchford, Grappenhall, Stockton Heath and Walton mean one lane has been allocated for four exits and two for one exit to Mersey Street.
Complaints have flooded the Warrington Guardian.
Almost 1,000 people have voted in our online poll to say the changes are wrong while dozens of others have written, called or e-mailed to complain.
Last week Lib Dem leader Ian Marks called for the marking to be changed to back calling the alterations “lacking in common sense”.
Adam Chilton, from Callands, is typical of the correspondants.
He said: “The council blamed some of its previous traffic planning mistakes on outdated surveys, however I would suggest that no survey was carried out prior to this latest blunder because the problem is so obvious,”
A council spokesman said: ““We took the decision to change the lane markings at Bridge Foot roundabout to assist better traffic flow at peak times.
“Due to feedback received from motorists in recent days the situation is now being carefully monitored and is currently under review.
“In the meantime we advise motorists to please be aware of the new layout when approaching the area.”
Highways chiefs were unable to tell the Warrington Guardian how much the work has cost as it is part of a ‘larger programme’ of repainting.
They were also unable to say how long any review would take.
It is the latest embarrassment for the council’s highways team.
The most high profile was changing the junction outside Asda Westbrook to traffic lights from a roundabout caused huge tailbacks and cost a six figure sum.