Snub claim after traffic lights OK - The Evesham Observer

Snub claim after traffic lights OK

Rob George 19th May, 2018   0

ANGRY town council members claim they have been ignored after county highways bosses confirmed permanent traffic lights will be installed on the busy Station Road junction.

Highways chief Coun Alan Amos confirmed work would begin during the school summer holidays in a letter to West Worcestershire MP Harriett Baldwin.

But the development came as a surprise to members of Pershore Town Council who claim they are still waiting for a reply to a letter outlining their concerns which was sent in February.

In a statement to the the Observer, the town council said: “Local residents and the Town Council have been asking that consideration be given for a roundabout in that location for two years to give a better flow of traffic.

“We are disappointed the requests to consider alternative solutions appear to have been ignored.

“If work is to start shortly, the Town Council has neither been informed nor have they had any explanation as to why alternatives are not feasible.

After months of negotiations and nearly two years of delays, the housing developer Persimmon will finally deliver on its promise to complete the road junction.

Drivers are currently held up at the junction at Station Road by temporary traffic lights which have caused extra delays for commuters.

Mrs Baldwin welcomed the news and said the saga had been extremely frustrating for local people.

“The traffic light solution was pledged as part of the original planning permission and I am told this work will now start as soon as Pershore High School has broken up for the summer.

“I have made the point it is important that the county highways team learns from this episode.

“I hope the county team will ensure that all views are taken into account when the Pershore Link Road construction work is planned.

“However, as one of the many motorists who regularly uses this road, I will welcome a free flowing junction which works well both for road users and pedestrians.”

A county council spokesperson said a letter had been sent out to Pershore Town Council outlining the current situation on Station Road.

“After careful consideration of both residents’ concerns and alternative junction proposals, we have concluded a standard sized roundabout is unsuitable as it would require land outside of the council’s control to make it possible and would be significantly more expensive to implement.

“We are currently working on scheduling the implementation of the works, with the aim of commencing within the school holidays.”


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