23rd Oct, 2016

Frustrated motorist urges two-way solution

Joshua Godfrey 19th Aug, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

A FRUSTRATED Evesham motorist has called on county transport chiefs to end the misery of traffic jams in the Vale by scrapping the town’s one-way system.

Gary Hale, who has lived in the town all his life, has launched a Facebook campaign calling on Worcestershire County Council to return the town centre to a two-way traffic system.

Mr Hale’s plans include making Mill Street, Mill Bank, Chapel Street and Swan Lane two-way roads again and stop any cars from parking along there to avoid congestion.

He believes the current system isn’t working due to an increase in the number of vehicles on the road, which he puts down to families having more than one car and bus services in rural areas ‘being cut.’

“I do remember the old system working better. In those days, you would drive up Bridge Street, clockwise around the Town Hall and then return by turning right down Swan Lane or Oat Street,” he told the Observer.

“Things have changed somewhat since those days heady days, for starters, there are far more vehicles on the road and very little free parking.

“I hear many people complaining about this one-way system that is often clogged up during the day, espcially during the school runs and on Saturdays.

“I would hope that the vast majority of the residents of Evesham would back me on this one,” he added.

Mr Hale hopes county councillors will pay attention to his Facebook campaign and to take on board the ideas he is putting forward.

“I would hope that someone at any of the local councils actually sit up and listen to the people of Evesham, the same people who vote for them.

“We are the people who drive these streets everyday, please just listen to us,” he added.

A Worcestershire County Council spokesperson said: “The County Council has made a commitment to undertaking a comprehensive study of the traffic flow in Evesham which will include existing traffic levels and a consideration of future growth in the town, related to development.”

Visit www.facebook.com and search for ‘Evesham Town Centre Reverse the One Way System NOW’ for more information on the campaign.