'Shambolic' traffic situation, claims Evesham resident - The Evesham Observer

'Shambolic' traffic situation, claims Evesham resident

Evesham Editorial 25th Sep, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016   0

A FRUSTRATED Evesham resident has described a notorious traffic hotspot in the town as ‘shambolic.’

Mark Dodds, who has been resident of Cheltenham Road for eight years, has called on highways chiefs to review the traffic situation along the road which he says brings ‘misery’ to motorists.

The junction at the end of Cheltenham Road allows motorists to either turn left towards Hampton, straight ahead across the Abbey Bridge or right to travel along Waterside.

“The traffic situation which has long brought misery to the people who regularly travel up and down Cheltenham Road is getting worse,” Mr Dodds said.

“An independent study needs to be commissioned by the Highways Department which would lay out the issues as they stand and make recommendations regarding potential solutions.

As one of the main routes through the town the road often sees queues which can extend from the Waterside junction all the way to the football club.

“I have seen the issue of traffic congestion increase as time has moved on.Each day of the working week I get stuck in the tailbacks experienced by us all travelling this route, mainly at the end of each working day,” he added.

“It can regularly take in excess of 20 minutes to travel the length of Chetlenham Road when heading into the town, a distance of only about half a mile.

Mr Dodds believes that the situation is only going to get worse as the town’s population grows and new housing developments are built.

“The situation that we are all experiencing is down largely to improper and insufficient traffic management, compounded by an increase in the town’s population.

“The new homes will only exacerbate the issue that we are all experiencing, and things don’t look good unless something is done by the Highways Department.”

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.”


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