25th Oct, 2016

Visions on table to sort out Evesham's traffic problems

Joshua Godfrey 30th Jun, 2016 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

RESIDENTS packed out Evesham’s Town Hall for a public meeting on how the town’s traffic system can be improved – with five proposals put forward to council chiefs for their traffic model.

The meeting on Tuesday (June 28), organised by the Vale Evesham Civic Society, was held so residents could have their views heard on ways to solve the town’s traffic woes and will feed in to Worcestershire County Council’s £100,000 traffic model of Evesham, expected to be completed by 2017.

Six residents put forward their own visions of how the traffic system could be altered. The Civic Society will be putting the proposals to the County Council hoping it will simulate the plans in its traffic model.

Businessman James Fleck’s proposal would see a direct route from High Street to Port Street and beyond via Mill Street and Workman Bridge; Mill Street would allow two-way traffic to and from Workman Bridge and three mini-roundabouts would be introduced at the junctions of Oat Street, Chapel Street and Mill Street; Mill Street and Mill Bank and Mill Street and Bridge Street.

Alan Pye suggested roundabouts at the junctions of High Street with Swan Lane and High Street to Oat Street. HGVs and buses would be banned from Mill Street on hilly parts of road. Two-way traffic would be allowed from Workman Bridge up to Mill Street, where it would become one-way through Oat Street up to High Street.

Coun Mark Goodge put forward a proposal which includes repainting the lanes at the junction with Oat Street and Cowl Street to make it clear where priority lies in the traffic flow, existing parking in Swan Lane and Conduit Hill would be retained with a new entrance to the car park and a raised Speed Table in Oat Street with a crossing for pedestrians.

Jim Powell’s vision would make the town centre a one-way system, with roundabouts at major junctions, a possibility of cycling allowed along contra flow lanes, pedestrian crossings by mini roundabouts and humps to slow traffic.

Phil Cooper’s plans include placing box junctions at Bridge Street and Mill Street; High Street with Oat Street and Oat Street with Chapel Street. There would be zebra crossings over Mill Street by Bridge Street and over Oat Street by the Unitarian Chapel. Rynal Place would also be made one way.

And Anthony Dowling put forward a proposal to see Mill Street made only accessible to light vehicles, with a 20mph zone put in place; 6ft by 6ft width restrictions at junctions of Bridge Street and Mill Street and Mill Street and Chapel Street. The Bus Station would be relocated to High Street, south of Oat Street.

Anyone who has any comments on the six proposals is urged to contact the Vale of Evesham Civic Society by emailing vecs1972@gmail.com.