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£3.1m Walls and C&G roundabout improvements work to begin

By citizenmike  |  Posted: March 11, 2014

The Walls roundabout

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Work will start this month to provide major improvements at two busy Gloucester roundabouts.

In May last year the Department for Transport approved the county council’s bid for £2.2million of funding to help tackle the serious congestion issue at the A38 and A417 at the C&G and Walls roundabouts in the Barnwood area.

On Monday 17th of March 2014 the main works will start at Walls Roundabout and are set to finish in July. Main construction work is planned to start at the C&G Roundabout in June with completion of the overall scheme sometime later this year or in early 2015.

The scheme costs £3.1million in total, which will be met with the £2.2 million government funding, with the balance to be shared between Gloucestershire County Council and Sainsbury’s contributions.

It includes changes to the junctions, widening of lanes, new more flexible traffic light systems and extra lanes.

Cllr Will Windsor Clive, cabinet member for planning and infrastructure, said: “This work forms part of our wider plans to improve the transport system in the county over the next few years. We understand the contribution investing in our roads makes to the economic prosperity of the county. ”

“I know there will be concerns about disruption to traffic using the roundabouts, which is why we have agreed working restrictions with the contractor, to help keep disruption to a minimum.”

“Whilst we are doing our best to minimise the inconvenience, some travel disruption is inevitable. I urge people who need to use these roundabouts to think about their travel choices as there are alternatives to consider. Please bear with us while the improvements are made. ”

On Tuesday 11th March 2014 a drop in share event will be held at The Wotton Hall Club on Barnwood Road between 2:00pm and 8:00pm. Members of the project team will be on hand to answer any queries. Scheme plans will then be available to view at Sainsbury’s Barnwood store from 12th March until 16th March 2014.

As part of the government funded Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) programme, a team of trained Travel Advisors are currently calling door-to-door in Gloucester to promote walking, cycling, car sharing, and the use of public transport as alternatives to single-occupancy car travel. They will also be using this opportunity to give information about the roundabout works.

In addition, the famous and well loved rabbits of Walls roundabout will be protected during the work. Fencing has been put up to protect the rabbits and rabbit burrows from harm during construction and to keep them out of the working area.*

Information about the scheme can be found on the county council’s website at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/majorschemes

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  • jackson99  |  March 11 2014, 9:58PM

    Where am I going to live now, I will have to move from the Roundabout.

  • Kay_Powell  |  March 11 2014, 6:42PM

    I prefer roundabouts, and they allow vehicles to turn around and travel back in the other direction. In the case of the Wall's roundabout, this is particularly important, as vehicles coming out of Chancel Close, Southbrook Road and Northbrook Road only have the option to turn left. (New paragraph). The rabbit numbers were devastaed by myxomatosis some time ago and have not been able to get back to normal yet.

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  • SmlngAssassin  |  March 11 2014, 6:16PM

    A flyover is always the ideal for traffic, but very intrusive visually, and expensive I'd guess . Roundabouts always seem to flow better than junctions, especially at off peak times, but I've no proof, other than frustration when stopped at continuous junctions. Agree regarding left hand filters - far too many in area where stationary onward traffic at junctions stops traffic turning left when those lights are on green.

  • bdbear  |  March 11 2014, 5:56PM

    What it really needs is a flyover at walls s

  • jackson99  |  March 11 2014, 4:35PM

    What you need to do is get rid of the roundabouts and have road junctions controlled by lights

  • supernova1  |  March 11 2014, 12:25PM

    So basically, just an extra lane here and there, and some up to date lights.............................hmmmmm! I hope it does the trick, but being a cynical old Hector, I don't think it will. The pure volume pouring out from Sainsburys needed an extra road, preferably onto Barnwood Road. Also, many places, not here (!) find that the volume of traffic turning left, can be quickly eased off the approaches to, and the roundabout itself, with stand alone left lane filters, usually in the form of a separate single or dual lane road. For three million quid, they should surely have been installed?

  • meymey  |  March 11 2014, 12:06PM

    what about the rabbits that mysteriously disappeared last time there was disruption on walls roundabout, i have noticed one or two there recently but where did they all go, helped to move on by someone like the badgers where recently?

  • agaga  |  March 11 2014, 10:58AM

    major improvements, ...ie. like the other "improvements" to junction, costing a fortune, them putting them back like they were, costing another fortune.

  • GlosAnarchy  |  March 11 2014, 10:48AM

    All this will do is move the problems to other areas, there is no provision for public transport so the scheme is designed to fail!

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  • galopede1  |  March 11 2014, 10:36AM

    It will be hell...